SANDRA NEIL WALLACE IS AN AUTHOR AND ADVOCATE for change. Known for her investigative journalism and original narrative style, her books for young readers focus on people who break barriers and change the world. As the daughter of a refugee and concentration camp survivor, Sandra became a changemaker herself. The first generation in her family to attend university, she became a journalist, anchoring the network news before shattering the glass ceiling in sports television as the first woman to host an NHL broadcast on national TV. Her books have won national awards including NCTE's Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction, SCBWI’s Golden Kite Honor Award, ILA’s Social Justice Literature Award, and been chosen as Best Books by the American Library Association, Kirkus, Booklist, and the New York and Chicago Public Libraries.
Sandra became a U.S. citizen in 2016 and advocates for social responsibility in her community as a co-founder of the Keene International Festival and The Daily Good, a non-profit making the daily lives of community members better. An advisor to the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, she is the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Women of New Hampshire Award for peace & nonviolence and the Keene Sentinel’s Extraordinary Women Award. Sandra lives in New Hampshire with her husband and frequent collaborator, author Rich Wallace.
Since breaking a gender barrier in sports as the first woman to anchor an NHL broadcast on national TV, Sandra Neil Wallace has been writing stories about people who break barriers and change the world. She is the author of the Orbis Pictus Award-winning book Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery, illustrated by Bryan Collier, which also earned 4 starred reviews and 8 state award nominations. Her young adult nonfiction title, Blood Brother, won The International Literacy Association’s Social Justice Award and was a YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction. The daughter of a Yugoslavian refugee, Sandra lives in New Hampshire where she continues to break barriers and create change as co-founder of The Daily Good.
BETWEEN THE LINES and FIRST GENERATION PRESENTATIONS
CLiF (Children’s Literacy Foundation)
Keene School District and Keene State College
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL
University of Central Missouri
James C. Kirkpatrick Library
THE 2020 YSU ENGLISH FESTIVAL
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
CHAPPAQUA CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL
Bell Middle School
50 Senter Street
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH (NCTE) CONVENTION
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
SANDRA NEIL WALLACE inspires thousands of young students and burgeoning writers as a guest author and writing workshop leader. She enjoys virtual and in-person school visits and often presents with her husband and frequent book collaborator, Rich Wallace. Sandra is also an official presenter for the literary non-profit CLiF (Children’s Literacy Foundation). Find out about presentations on Sandra's SCHOOL VISIT GUIDE.