Sandy Grubb has been writing children’s stories since she was a child herself, fine-tuning her talents when she became serious about publishing. In 2022, Sandy’s manuscript Just Like Click won the esteemed Kraken Book Prize, recognizing finely crafted middle grade fiction and resulting in a publishing contract with Fitzroy Books, the children’s imprint of Regal House Publishing. The book, releasing in 2024, is a superhero story about friendship, belonging, and self-discovery.
Sandy wrote Just Like Click with her three sons in mind, wanting to write a story that boys – and girls – would enjoy reading. The story is set at Black Butte Ranch, an Oregon location where her family has enjoyed many vacations throughout the years.
When she isn’t writing, Sandy enjoys exploring the beautiful world around her with its interesting people and cultures. She and her husband have taken their children to every continent, which has provided rich experiences that Sandy draws from for her writing. Volunteer work with World Vision has led Sandy off the beaten path to meet amazing children around the world—from tunnels under the streets in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to densely populated slums in Bangladesh, to small remote villages in Zambia. Each trip fills a journal and her heart full of stories and memories.
A former elementary school teacher and a longtime member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Sandy has an English and French Literature degree from Stanford University and a teaching certificate from U.C. Berkeley. She served on the Board of World Vision U.S. for nine years and is about to resume that position. Sandy and her husband live outside of Portland, Oregon, overlooking the beautiful Mt. Hood, where they enjoy hiking and skiing.