Duck Days

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A USBBY Outstanding International Book, now in paperback. Lauren, athird-grade student who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, takes on the challengesof sharing her best friend and persevering when a classmate mocks her bicycle’straining wheels.

The third title in the acclaimed Slug Days Stories, nowin paperback.

Irma is Lauren’s best friend. Irma knows all the strategiesLauren uses when her Autism Spectrum Disorder makes it hard to “go with theflow.” Lauren helps Irma learn English words and understand unfamiliar customs.So why does Irma suddenly want to introduce Lauren to her mountain-biking,litter-dropping neighbor Jonas? Why is Irma calling Jonas her friend?

As if sharing Irma weren’t bad enough, Lauren also has an alarming new problem at school. Their teacher has announced a mountain biking day when the students will learn to ride their bikes on an obstacle course. But Lauren still uses training wheels. She just can’t face the teasing she will get when her classmates see them. She isn’t brave like Irma. She can’t go with the flow like Dad. How can she possibly face this challenge?


Sara Leach hails from Whistler, BC, where she loves to ski, hike and bike. Her middle grade novel Count Me In won the Red Cedar Book Award for 2012/13. In addition to being a children's author, she is also an elementary school teacher-librarian. She has had the privilege of teaching several amazing students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and her experience working with them inspired her chapter books Slug Days, Penguin Days, and Duck Days.



2020 Junior Library Guild selection

2022 OLA Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award nominee

2021 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection

2022/2023 Chocolate Lily Awards Shortlist

“Rating: 5...All readers will be able to relate to [Lauren's] experiences navigating friendships, child stresses at school, and big emotions, and readers without autism will find many role models in the story for ways to connect with and support friends and family with autism…[A] fantastic story...”—Youth Services Book Review

Duck Days is an honest and warm-hearted successor to the critically acclaimed Slug Days and Penguin Days. With its straightforward text and frequent black-and-white illustrations, Duck Days is a thoroughly ‘kid friendly’ and accessible chapter book suitable for young readers ages 7-10 — especially those with mountains of their own to climb!”—Midwest Book Review

“We rated this book: [5/5]...This book is amazing. I love that it is from first person, Lauren’s point of view, and how we can see how she processes things.”—Manhattan Book Review

“From the author of the highly recommended Slug Days and Penguin Days, this early chapter book puts the reader squarely in the life of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”—Winnipeg Free Press

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