Books by Sandra Neil Wallace

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A deeply patriotic look at how immigrants' application of the American ideals of hard work and perseverance can have lasting effects. (authors' note, illustrator's note) (Collective biography. 8-12)"
The Wallaces and Nowicka take a look at the first members of families who immigrated to the United States and the impacts they have had on our lives and country through minibiographies and bright, illustrated portraits. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A biography with appeal for sports fans and budding artists alike, it will also beckon to any reader who appreciates a well-told, artfully illustrated story. (author's and illustrator's notes, resources, quote sources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Not even the thrill of football could dissuade Ernie Barnes from pursuing his artistic dream. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Highly appealing narrative nonfiction for anyone who loves true adventure. (authors' note, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
A gripping account of a disastrous 1879 American expedition to find the North Pole. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An unusually inspiring story skillfully told. (authors' notes, timeline, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
This powerful biography of a little-known figure underscores the fact that civil rights workers in the 1960s South knowingly put their lives on the line for the cause. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"The life of the renowned athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias offers the combination of sports, entertainment and celebrity that will interest young readers, and the Wallaces play it well. (Biography. 9-14)"
Born in 1911 to Norwegian immigrant parents in Port Arthur, Texas, from her earliest years, Babe Didrikson wanted to compete. Read full book review >
MUCKERS by Sandra Neil Wallace
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Distinctive characters and finely drawn specifics of locale and landscape set this football story apart. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
An unlikely championship is within the grasp of a ragtag group of students just as the mine that supports their town prepares to close. Read full book review >
LITTLE JOE by Sandra Neil Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

When a bull calf is born on Christmas Eve, nine-year-old Eli Stegner is awash with love and pride. This calf will be his first to train and show at the fair. Maybe he will win a blue ribbon, just like Pa and Grandpa. Yet the thought that his calf, named Little Joe, will become someone's Sunday dinner casts a dark shadow on the tenderhearted boy's hopes. Pa warns, "No use naming something that's gonna get eaten." The milestones in Little Joe's training propel this thoughtful, character-driven story forward. The rhythm and sometimes-harsh realities of farm life are convincingly intertwined with Eli's growing attachment to Little Joe. His overworked and careworn family offers Eli love, guidance and support, but throughout the months, Eli wonders about Pa's brusqueness and lack of emotion toward their cows. It is only after Grandpa shares a secret that Eli understands. The ending may well please animal lovers, but it will likely seem unrealistic for those familiar with Eli's milieu. Plenty of detail on raising livestock authenticates the story, and Elliott's pencil sketches enhance the text. (Fiction. 8-10)Read full book review >