Sugar Birds

A Novel

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Pub Date 03 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 29 Jul 2021

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“The Pacific Northwest's equivalent to Where the Crawdads Sing . . .”
—best-selling author Janet McHenry

“Bostrom’s voice reminds me of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.”
—award-winning author Taryn R. Hutchison

“Bostrom’s prose is propulsive and detailed . . . a true page-turner all the way to the end. An engrossing tale of survival and redemption in the Pacific Northwest .”
Kirkus Reviews

Northwest Washington State, 1985

For years, Harris Hayes has taught his daughter, Aggie, the ways of the northern woods. So when her mother's depression worsens, Harris shows the girl how to find and sketch the nests of wild birds as an antidote to sadness. Aggie is in a tree far overhead when her unpredictable mother spots her and forbids her to climb. Angry, the ten-year-old accidentally lights a tragic fire, then flees downriver. She lands her boat near untamed forest, where she hides among the trees and creatures she considers her only friends—determined to remain undiscovered.

A search party gathers by Aggie’s empty boat hours after Celia, fresh off the plane from Houston, arrives at her grandmother’s nearby farm. Hurting from her parents’ breakup, she also plans to run. But when she joins the hunt for Aggie, she meets two irresistible young men who compel her to stay. One is autistic; the other, dangerous.

Perfect for fans of The Scent Keeper, Where The Crawdads Sing, and The Great Alone, Sugar Birds
immerses readers in a layered, evocative coming-of-age story set in the breathtaking natural world where characters encounter the mending power of forgiveness—for themselves and for those who have failed them.
“The Pacific Northwest's equivalent to Where the Crawdads Sing . . .”
—best-selling author Janet McHenry

“Bostrom’s voice reminds me of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing and Annie Dillard’s ...

Advance Praise

“Bostrom’s prose is propulsive and detailed . . . a true page-turner all the way to the end. An engrossing tale of survival and redemption in the Pacific Northwest .”
―Kirkus Reviews

“Sugar Birds is a powerful coming-of-age story . . .woven into a testament to the wondrous natural world . . . packed into one heart-pounding read. Highly recommended!”
―Chanticleer Reviews

“Suspenseful. Lyrical. Redemptive. Bostrom’s voice reminds me of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.”
―Taryn R. Hutchison, award-winning author of One Degree of Freedom

“Sugar Birds is a tour de force, with protagonist Agate as uniquely powerful as The Hunger Games’s Katniss.”
―Dr. Lynne Curry, columnist for Anchorage Daily News and author of Beating the Workplace Bully

“Bostrom’s deft language, deep reverence for the natural world, and keen understanding of the human condition merge in this enduring novel of forgiveness and hope.”
―Ashley E. Sweeney, award-winning author of Answer Creek

“A riveting, redemptive story! I couldn’t put it down.”
―Sy Garte, PhD; award-winning author of The Works of His Hands: A Scientist’s Journey from Atheism to Faith

“Exquisite setting, unique characters, and a gripping plot . . . a page-turner that stays embedded in your soul.”
―Sara Easterly, award-winning author of Searching for Mom

“Stirring, intelligent, and lyrical, Sugar Birds was so worth the wait.”
―Mona Stuart, author of Raising Children at Promise

“Cheryl Bostrom’s hard-to-put-down Sugar Birds reminds me of the classic, My Side of the Mountain―one of those rare books that appeal to every age; full of depth, pages that turn quickly, and most of all, ebullient truth.”
―Katherine James, award-winning novelist; author of the memoir A Prayer for Orion

“This novel illustrates truth I know in my bones―that there is a great mending for all of my life-gashes and deep aches. Sugar Birds is the best book I have read in ages, and is a book for all ages.”
―Donna Vandergriend, former chaplain; author of Out of the Mouths of Grandbabes

“What an adventure! Cheryl Bostrom skillfully intertwines compelling storylines of two girls lost in wilderness of their own making―who find rescue and freedom through gifts of trust, healing of deep hurts, and forgiveness. It’s a book of hope restored.”
―Emily Polis Gibson, M.D. and poet, photographer, and essayist at Barnstorming.blog

“Bostrom’s prose is propulsive and detailed . . . a true page-turner all the way to the end. An engrossing tale of survival and redemption in the Pacific Northwest .”
―Kirkus Reviews

“Sugar Birds is a...


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