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Sandy McKay

Sandy McKay is an experienced writer for children; she is the author of over 12 titles, most notably, Recycled, My Dad the All Black, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Losing It and OneStroppy Jockey. She was the recipient of the Dunedin College of Education Writer in Residency in 2001, and her books have been short-listed for the NZ Post and LIANZA awards and listed as Storylines Notable Books.

Sandy won the Junior Fiction Category of the NZ Post Children's Book Awards for Recycled. Her landmark book, Losing It, was short-listed for the Esther Glen Award and dramatised by Radio NZ.

She also writes for younger children, having three titles in the popular Penguin Kiwi Bites series. (I'm Telling on You, Barry and Bitsa, and Me and Jason Ballinger) as well as titles in the Walker Books series (Mr Tripp Smells a Rat, and Mr Tripp Goes for a Skate). Sandy's junior historical novel When our Jack Went to War was published in 2013.

Sandy lives in Dunedin with her husband Craig, daughter Meg and a high spirited spaniel called Lucy. They also have two adult sons who live 'not too far away'. She enjoys writing books that are accessible to a wide range of ages. And when not writing, she works as an adult literacy tutor.

Books by Sandy McKay

New Zealand Girl: Charlotte and the Golden Promise

Book three in the New Zealand Girl series, Charlotte and the Golden Promise tells the story of eleven-year-old Charlotte, who runs away from home to head to the Hogburn Gully goldfields during the gold rush in 1865.

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When Our Jack Went to War

A powerful and moving YA story about two brothers, one of whom goes off to fight in World War One.

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Losing It

NZ Post Children's Book Award-winning young adult novel about a young girl’s journey back from anorexia to health and independence.

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