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When young Aggie accidentally lights a tragic fire, she hides in a rugged Pacific Northwest forest where no one can find her—including smart, mercurial Celia and two irresistible young men: one brilliant and autistic, the other, dangerous. An evocative coming-of-age story about personal wilderness, trust, and the search for forgiveness.
“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
"A powerful new voice in literary fiction! Brilliantly imagined . . . beautifully written.” —Suzanne Simonetti, award-winning author of The Sound of Wings
“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, author and columnist for Anchorage Daily News
“Beautiful literary fiction with an absorbing, well-crafted plot and attention to the natural world that remind me of Peter Heller and Leif Enger.” ―Sarah Guerrero, author of Break Through
"Sugar Birds is the Pacific Northwest’s equivalent to Delia Owens's Where the Crawdads Sing. Believe me--it's just as good, if not better.” —Janet Holm McHenry, national speaker and best-selling author of PrayerWalk
Naturalist, photographer, and award-winning author Cheryl Grey Bostrom lives with her veterinarian husband in rural Whatcom County. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the American Scientific Affiliation’s God and Nature Magazine, for which she’s a regular photo essayist. A member of the Redbud Writers Guild, she has also authored two non-fiction books. This is her first novel.
Maggie Wallem Rowe, MABS, is a national speaker, dramatist, and writer from western North Carolina. Married for 45 years to her pastor-husband Mike, mother of three, and grandmother to six, Maggie's work includes decades in public relations, adult education, and ministry to women. Maggie is the author of the nonfiction work This Life We Share and the upcoming Life is Sweet, Y’all.