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    About our Author
    Sally Walker
    Sally M. Walker has been a children’s book writer for over 20 years. Most of her books are nonfiction and present various science topics to young readers. Fossil Fish Found Alive is the story of the hunt for the elusive fish called the coelacanth. Sally also enjoys combining science investigation with historical topics. Her book Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which won the 2006 Robert F. Sibert Medal, tells about the history, loss, and re-discovery of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland takes readers on archaeological expeditions, where the forensic analysis of colonial settlers’ bones helps us to understand their lives. Sally especially enjoys writing narrative nonfiction that captures the reader’s attention with a true story.
    Awards
    ALA Notable Children's Books
    Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
    CBC Children's Choices
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Children's Literature Choice List
    Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
    ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    New York Public Library's Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
    NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
    Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards
    School Library Journal Best Book
    Science Books &
    Films Best Books
    SSLI Book Award
    VOYA Nonfiction Honor List
    Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
    Moonbeam Children's Book Award
    Science Books &
    Films Best Books
    SSLI Book Award
    VOYA Nonfiction Honor List
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    SSLI Book Award
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    CBC Children's Choices
    Parents' Choice Award
    Science Books &
    Films Best Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    ALA Notable Children's Books
    Benjamin Franklin Award
    Book Links Lasting Connection
    Booklist Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
    ILA Teacher's Choices
    National Endowment for the Humanities Nonfiction Booklist for Young Readers
    Orbis Pictus Award
    Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
    The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon
    USA Book News Book Award
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Benjamin Franklin Award
    Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Independent Publisher Book Award
    NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
    School Library Journal Best Book
    Book Links Lasting Connection
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    ALA Notable Children's Books
    Benjamin Franklin Award
    Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
    Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Cybils
    ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
    Garden State Teen Book Award
    Moonbeam Children's Book Award
    National Endowment for the Humanities Nonfiction Booklist for Young Readers
    NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
    NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
    Orbis Pictus Award
    School Library Journal Best Book
    Science Books &
    Films Best Books
    SSLI Book Award
    Tayshas Reading List
    Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List
    YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
    YALSA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
    5 questions for Sally M. Walker
    1.
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    I loved Albert Payson Terhune’s dog books and Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books. Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes also ranked high on my list of favorites.
    2.
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
     I have lots of favorite lines, for many different reasons. Some might be for the language flow, others for interesting words. But the most attention grabbing line for me has always been: "'Where’s Papa going with that ax?' said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast." I’ve never forgotten that sentence since the very first time I read it as a young girl. And it glued my attention to the page!
    3.
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    Lois Lowry, Jerry Pinkney, and Jim Murphy or Russell Freedman.
    4.
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    Probably because I have always loved a good story, reading, and playing with language. When I was a kid, we went to the public library at least twice a week. I took my two children to the library at least that often, maybe more. And now that they’re grown and out on their own . . . well, I STILL go to the library twice a week. I LOVE libraries!!
    5.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Yes. First, the more you read, the better you will write. And second, give yourself time to daydream. That’s where ideas begin.