Sandy McKay was born in Dunedin in 1959. She wanted to be a writer from a young age. After her years at the University of Otago and odd-jobbing, Sandy opened a fruit shop. She ran the shop until 1987, when she became a freelance writer.
Sandy writes fiction and non-fiction for all ages. She also works as an adult literacy tutor at Literacy Aotearoa, Dunedin.
Sandy has written features for Next, More, and the New Zealand Women's Weekly. She lives in Dunedin with her husband and children. In 2002 she was Writer in Residence at the Dunedin College of Education.
- Recycled (Longacre Press 2001).
- My Dad, the All Black Longacre Press 2002).
- Colin Goes Bush (Longacre Press 2003).
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Longacre Press 2004).
- Barry & Bitsa illustrated by Anna Evans [Kiwi Bites] (Puffin 2005).
- I'm Telling On You illustrated by Trevor Pye [Kiwi Bites] (Puffin 2006).
- Losing It (Longacre Press 2007).
- One Stroppy Jockey (Longacre Press 2007).
- Me and Jason Ballinger illustrated by Fraser Williamson [Kiwi Bites] (Puffin 2008).
- Eureka! (Mallinson Rendel 2008).
- My Tripp Smells a Rat illustrated by Ruth Paul (Walker Books 2011).
- Mr Tripp Goes for a Skate illustrated by Ruth Paul (Walker Books 2011).
- When Our Jack Went to War (Longacre Press 2013).
- Charlotte and the Golden Promise (Penguin 2014).
- University of Otago College of Education Writer in Residence 2002.
- New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2002 Junior Fiction Winner for Recycled.
- Storylines Notable Book Awards 2002 Junior Fiction List for Recycled.
- Storylines Notable Book Awards 2003 Junior Fiction List for My Dad, the All Black.
- Storylines Notable Book Awards 2008 Young Adult Fiction List for Losing It.
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