SANDRA NEIL WALLACE WAS BORN AND RAISED in Ontario, Canada. The daughter of a refugee and concentration camp survivor, she is drawn to stories of overcoming barriers. The first in her family to attend university, Sandra became a journalist and anchored the network news before breaking the glass ceiling in sports television.
She became the first woman to host an NHL show on network TV and part of the first ESPN crew to cover the WNBA with Robin Roberts and Geno Auriemma.
Sandra’s debut novel for kids, Little Joe, earned her the distinction “a talented newcomer to the children’s literature
scene” by the Horn Book. Named to several state awards lists,
Little Joe has been translated into Japanese and Simplified Chinese and is a National Agriculture and 4-H pick.
Sandra’s debut novel for teens is inspired by a true story found in a box of letters. Muckers follows quarterback Red O’Sullivan, who must lead his 1950 football squad to a state championship
as their world is suddenly upended, widening the rift between Anglos and Mexican Americans. Called
“Friday Night Lights meets
Remember the Titans and
West Side Story,”
Muckers was named a Best Book of the Year by Booklist "Bookends" and received a starred review from School Library Journal.
Sandra is also co-author of Babe Conquers The World, a biography for children on the first and greatest female professional athlete, Babe
Didrikson Zaharias. Sandra’s own sporting drive and experience with gender discrimination bring fresh insight into a remarkable, flawed hero. The book is a Junior Library Guild selection. Sandra lives in New Hampshire with her husband, author Rich Wallace.