SOMEDAY BIRDS By: Sally J. Pla
Charlie's father was a war-journalist in Afghanistan, and comes home injured. He has to go from California to Virginia for treatment. So when his sister decides they should go with her boyfriend to Virgina, Charlie is all in. The only problem being Charlie's obsession with washing his hands. He has a ritual that for every birthday he has to wash his hands that many times. Since he is 12 that is how many times Charlie washes. He also talked to his father before he left and they made a list of all the birds they would both one day find. Charlie is sure that if he finds all the birds on the list his father will be well.
The road trip doesn't go as planned and many harrowing adventures along the way. Thank goodness they find some unexpected help along the way. Couldn't put the book down. Ages 8-12 $16.99 HarperCollins