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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sally M. Walker  

Pen Name: Sally Fleming

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1954 in New Jersey


-- Website -- http://sallymwalker.com
-- Sally M. Walker on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=sally+walker

E-Mail: -- SALLYMACWALKER@hotmail.com


Illinois Connection

Walker lives in DeKalb, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sally Walker has written more than 50 nonfiction books for young readers. She enjoys finding and sharing odd snippets of information to interest them in history and science. Her books are packed with personal anecdotes and humor, as she searches out true tales in graveyards, zoos, the Shedd Aquarium, back rooms of museums, and in dusty archives.


Published Works

    Picture Books:
  • The Vowel Family: A Tale of Lost Letters, Carolrhoda Books, 2008
  • Druscilla's Halloween, Carolrhoda, 2009
  • Freedom Song: The Story of Henry Box Brown, Harper Collins, 2012
  • Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, Henry Holt, 2015Early Readers:
  • The 18 Penny Goose, Harper-Collins, 1998
  • Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter, Scholastic, 2000
  • Bessie Coleman: Daring to Fly, Carolrhoda, 2003
  • Jackie Robinson, Lerner, 2002
  • The Search for Antarctic Dinosaurs, Millbrook Press, 2007
  • SuperCroc Found, Millbrook Press, 2006
  • Shipwreck Search: Discovery of the H. L. Hunley, First Avenue Editions, 2006Nonfiction for older readers:
  • Ghost Walls: The Story of a 17th-Century Colonial Homestead, Carolrhoda, 2014
  • Boundaries: How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation, Candlewick, 2014
  • Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917, Square Glass, 2014
  • Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World, Carolrhoda, 2012
  • Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed, Carolrhoda Books, 2010
  • Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland, Carolrhoda Books, 2009
  • Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley, Carolrhoda, 2005
  • We are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change, Candlewick, 2010
  • Fossil Fish Found Alive, Discovering the Coelacanth, Carolrhoda Books, 2002Written under the name of Sally Fleming:
  • Ferocious Fangs, Northword Press, 2001Series Books:'Searchlight Earth Science
  • Figuring Out Fossils, 2006
  • Marveling at Minerals, 2006
  • Researching Rocks, 2006
  • Studying Soil, 2006Searchlight Simple Machines
  • Put Inclined Planes to the Test, 2001
  • Put Levers to the Test, 2001
  • Put Pulleys to the Test, 2001
  • Put Screws to the Test, 2001
  • Put Wedges to the Test, 2001
  • Put Wheels and Axles to the Test, 2001Searchlight Physics
  • Investigating Electricity, 2005
  • Investigating Heat, 2006
  • Investigating Light, 2006
  • Investigating Magnetism, 2006
  • Investigating Matter, 2005
  • Investigating Sound, 2006Early Bird Earth Science
  • Soil, Lerner, 2006
  • Caves, Lerner, 2007
  • Earthquakes, Lerner, 2007
  • Reefs, Lerner, 2007
  • Glaciers, Lerner, 2007
  • Volcanos, Lerner, 2007
  • Minerals, Lerner 2008
  • Fossils, Lerner, 2008Early Bird Physics
  • Pulleys, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann
  • Levers, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann
  • Screws, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann
  • Wheels and Axels, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann
  • Sound, Lerner, 2001
  • Electricity, Lerner, 2001
  • Inclined Plane and Wedges, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann
  • Work, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann FeldmannEarly Bird Nature
  • Fireflies, Lerner, 2001
  • Sea Horses, Lerner, 2003
  • Opossums, Lerner, 2007
  • Mosquitoes Lerner, 2008Nature Watch series'
  • Sea Horses, Carolrhoda Books, 1998
  • Manatees, Carolrhoda Books, 1999
  • Rays, Carolrhoda Books, 2002
  • Crocodiles, Carolrhoda Books, 2003
  • Rhinos, Carolrhoda Books, 2006
  • Dolphins, Carolrhoda Books, 2007
  • Jaguars, Carolrhoda Books, 2008
  • Hippos, Carolrhoda Books, 2008


Selected Titles At Your Library

The Vowel family :
ISBN: 0822579820. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2008.

The members of the Vowel family have a hard time talking until their children, Alan, Ellen, Iris, Otto, and Ursula, are born, and when one of them gets lost one day, it takes their Aunt Cyndy to fix the problem.

Druscilla's Halloween /
ISBN: 0822589419. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2009.

In the time when witches tiptoe about to have their Halloween fun, ancient Druscilla knows her creaking knees will prevent her from being sneaky and sets out to find a silent conveyance for herself, her cat, and her jack-o-lantern.

Freedom song :
ISBN: 006058310X. OCLC Number:

Harper,. New York :. ©2012.

Henry Brown copes with slavery by singing, but after his wife and children are sold away he is left with only his freedom song, which gives him strength when friends put him in a box and mail him to a free state.

Winnie :
ISBN: 0805097155. OCLC Number:

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"When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear at a train station, he knew he could care for it. Harry was a veterinarian. But he was also a soldier in training during World War I. Harry named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, his company's home town, and he brought her along to the military camp in England. Winnie followed Harry everywhere and slept under his cot every night. Before long, she became the regiment's much-loved mascot. But who could care for the bear when Harry went to battle? Harry found just the right place for Winnie--the London Zoo. There a boy named Christopher Robin played with Winnie--he could care for this bear too!"--

The 18 penny goose /
ISBN: 0064442500. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©1998.

Eight-year-old Letty attempts to save her pet goose from marauding British soldiers in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.

Mary Anning :
ISBN: 0439270790. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 2000.

Describes the life of Mary Anning, who discovered many of the best and most complete fossils in nineteenth-century England, yet received little credit for her work.

Bessie Coleman :
ISBN: 0876141033. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2003.

Describes the life and accomplishments of Bessie Coleman, who overcame racism and poverty to become the first African American woman pilot.

Jackie Robinson /
ISBN: 0876149042. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2002.

Describes the life and accomplishments of baseball star Jackie Robinson, who became the first African American in twentieth-century major-league baseball.

The Search for Antarctic Dinosaurs.
ISBN: 0822567520. OCLC Number:

First Avenue Editions. . 2008.

Supercroc found /
ISBN: 1575058529. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2006.

Examines how the Sarcosuchus imperator, the prehistoric crododile, was discovered and how scientists uncovered information about the creature based on fossil evidence.

Shipwreck search :
ISBN: 0822564491. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2006.

Discusses the mysterious disappearance of the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley, and its recent recovery from deep in the waters off the coast of South Carolina.

Ghost walls :
ISBN: 0761354085. OCLC Number:

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In 1638, John Lewger made a home in the wilderness of the New World, in a place called Maryland. He named his house St. John's, and for nearly eighty years, it was the center of an ambitious English plan to build a new kind of community on American soil. Award-winning author Sally M. Walker tells the story of how teams of scientists and historians managed to hear the ghostly echoes of St. John's House and, over the course of decades of painstaking work, made them speak their stories again.

Boundaries :
ISBN: 0763656127. OCLC Number:

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Traces the history of the Mason-Dixon Line as reflected by family feuds, exploration, scientific advancement and the cultural conflicts between America's northern and southern states.

Blizzard of glass :
ISBN: 1250040086. OCLC Number:

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Recounts the story from World War I in which two towns were leveled and almost two thousand people killed following the collision of two warships in Halifax Harbour and a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in the area.

Their skeletons speak :
ISBN: 0761374574. OCLC Number:

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Discusses the processes used by scientists to discern the identity of the Kennewick Man and what this nine thousand-year-old skeleton revealed about the arrival of humans in North America.

Frozen secrets :
ISBN: 1580136079. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2010.

Introduces Antarctica, presenting the history of its exploration and the current research efforts underway to investigate its geography, climate, and fossils of the past, and monitor the effects of global warming on its glaciers.

Written in bone :
ISBN: 0822571358. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis, Minn. :. ©2009.

This book reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand the people who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s.

Secrets of a Civil War submarine :
ISBN: 1575058308. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2005.

Presents the history of the Civil War submarine the H.L. Hunley, including the construction, mysterious sinking, recovery, and restoration.

We are the weather makers :
ISBN: 0763646563. OCLC Number:

Candlewick Press,. Somerville, Mass. :. 2009.

First published for an adult readership, The Weather Makers got kudos for its solid science and powerful message. Now this accessible edition speaks directly to young adults, offering a clear look at the history of climate change, how matters will unfold over the next century, and what we can do to prevent a cataclysmic future. Newly featured are twenty-five practical tips for living a greener lifestyle--at home, in school, in the community, and ultimately, on Earth.

Fossil fish found alive :
ISBN: 1575055368. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2002.

Describes the 1938 discovery of the coelacanth, a fish previously believed to be extinct, and subsequent research about it.

Figuring out fossils /
ISBN: 1467707910. OCLC Number:

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This book describes the process through which fossils are created, and what we can learn from them.

Marveling at minerals /
ISBN: 1467700223. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis :. ©2013.

Readers learn about minerals, their properties, and their uses.

Researching Rocks.
ISBN: 1467707937. OCLC Number:

Lernerclassroom. . 2013.

Studying soil /
ISBN: 1467707945. OCLC Number:

Lerner,. Minneapolis :. ©2013.

Soil can be found almost everywhere on Earth. Sand is a soft soil that is found in deserts. Loam is soil that is great for growing plants. But how are these types of soils different? And how are they made? Explore the amazing world of soil in this book.

Put inclined planes to the test /
ISBN: 0761353240. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2012.

What do staircases, dump truck beds, and ramps have in common? All of them are inclined planes! Inclined planes are simple machines. They help us to do jobs more easily. But don't take our word for it. Put inclined planes to the test with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books collection, this series sheds light on a key science question-How Do Simple Machines Work? Hands-on experiments, interesting photos, and useful diagrams will help you find the answer!

Put levers to the test /
ISBN: 0761378669. OCLC Number:

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Introduces levers, including their different parts, how the simple machine works, and different ways it is used in everyday life.

Put pulleys to the test /
ISBN: 0761353224. OCLC Number:

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Defines work, describes machines, and discusses different kinds of pulleys.

Put screws to the test /
ISBN: 0761378685. OCLC Number:

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Provides experiments to introduce screws as simple machines, including how they function and how they are used in everyday objects to make life easier.

Put wedges to the test /
ISBN: 0761378693. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2012.

What do a doorstop, a butter knife, and the front of a boat have in common' All of them are wedges! Wedges are simple machines. They help us to do jobs more easily. But don't take our word for it. Put wedges to the test with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books collection, this series sheds light on a key science question'How Do Simple Machines Work' Hands-on experiments, interesting photos, and useful diagrams will help you find the answer!

Put to the test :
ISBN: 0761378707. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis :. ©2012.

Presents information about what wheels and axles are and how they help people to do work more easily, and suggests ways for readers to use common items to experience for themselves how these simple machines work.

Investigating electricity /
ISBN: 0761378715. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Company,. Minneapolis :. 2012.

Presents basic information on electricity along with simple experiments and activities that demonstrate the principles involved.

Investigating heat /
ISBN: 0761378723. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis :. ©2012.

Looks at what heat is, and examines how it interacts with different types of matter.

Investigating light /
ISBN: 0761378731. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis :. ©2012.

Looks at what light is, and examines how it interacts with different types of matter.

Investigating magnetism /
ISBN: 076137874X. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis :. ©2012.

Looks at what magnetism is, and examines how magnets interact with different types of matter and with the Earth's magnetic field.

Investigating matter /
ISBN: 0761378758. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis [Minn.] :. ©2012.

Looks at what matter is, and examines the different states that it can change into.

Sound /
ISBN: 0761378766. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis :. ©2012.

Starting with tiny molecules, this book explains the main concepts of sound and furthers understanding through a series of easy-to-do experiments.

Soil /
ISBN: 082255948X. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis :. ©2007.

Discusses soil, what it is, how it forms, and how to take care of it.

Caves /
ISBN: 0822567342. OCLC Number:

Lerner,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2008.

Text and pictures describe the Earth's caves, including their different types, animal life, and how people explore them.

Earthquakes /
ISBN: 0822567350. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis, MN :. 2008.

This book explains how earthquakes happen and what scientists are doing to try to predict future earthquakes.

Reefs /
ISBN: 0822567385. OCLC Number:

Lerner Pub.,. Minneapolis :. ©2008.

Introcuces reefs, including how they are made, their importance to the environment, and why they are endangered.

Glaciers /
ISBN: 0822567377. OCLC Number:

Lerner,. Minneapolis :. ©2008.

Introduces glaciers, including how they were formed, how they move, and their importance to the geography and ecology of the world, and discusses ways that we can reduce the deterioration of the glaciers before it is too late.

Volcanoes :
ISBN: 0876148127. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. 1994.

Describes volcanoes, where they form, the kinds of lava and landforms they create, and how volcanologists are learning to predict eruptions.

Minerals /
ISBN: 0822559463. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2007.

An introduction to the science of minerals and mineralogy.

Fossils /
ISBN: 0822559455. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis :. ©2007.

This book introduces the world of fossils, presenting information on where they are found, how they are formed, and how they are classified.

Pulleys /
ISBN: 0822522144. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co,. Minneapolis :. ©2002.

What are pulleys? Look around and you will see that these machines are everywhere. Discover how they are used and how they make work easier!

Levers /
ISBN: 0822522128. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis :. ©2002.

Looks at levers and uses everyday materials to show how they help make our work easier.

Screws /
ISBN: 0822522160. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis :. ©2002.

Looks at screws and uses everyday materials to show how they are simple machines that help make work easier.

Wheels and axles /
ISBN: 0822522136. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis :. ©2002.

Uses everyday examples to show how wheels and axles function as simple machines.

Sound /
ISBN: 1580133150. OCLC Number:

Lerner,. London :. 2008.

Electricity /
ISBN: 082252919X. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2006.

Learn all about electricity using simple experiments.

Inclined planes and wedges /
ISBN: 0822522152. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Group,. Minneapolis :. ©2002.

Look around you and you will see these simple machines everywhere. Discover how inclined planes and wedges are used and how they make work easier!

Work /
ISBN: 082252211X. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2002.

Describes the basic physics behind work and simple machinery.

Fireflies /
ISBN: 0822530473. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis, Minn. :. ©2001.

Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of fireflies.

Sea horses /
ISBN: 0822530511. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis, Minn. :. ©2004.

An introduction to the physical characteristics, behavior, habitats, and life cycle of sea horses.

Opossums /
ISBN: 0822530554. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Company,. Minneapolis :. 2008.

Describes the life cycle of the opossum.

Mosquitoes /
ISBN: 0822513757. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis :. ©2009.

Discusses the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of mosquitoes.

Sea horses /
ISBN: 1575053179. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1999.

Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of sea horse as well as efforts to protect them.

Manatees /
ISBN: 1575052997. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©1999.

Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, behavior, and conservation of manatees, also known as sea cows.

Rays /
ISBN: 1575051729. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis, MN :. 2003.

Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, life cycle, and endangered status of rays.

Crocodiles /
ISBN: 1575053454. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2004.

Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of crocodiles, as well as efforts to protect them.

Rhinos /
ISBN: 0822566001. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2007.

Introduces rhinos, examining their physical characteristics, their habitat, their eating habits, their mating habits, and the dangers they face.

Dolphins /
ISBN: 1575052210. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©1999.

Introduces these aquatic mammals by describing their physical characteristics, life cycle, behavior, relations with humans, and threats to their survival.

Jaguars /
ISBN: 0822575108. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis :. ©2009.

Discusses the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of the jaguar, and describes the efforts to protect this endangered species.

Hippos /
ISBN: 1575050781. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1998.

An introduction to the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of the common and the pygmy hippopotamus.


Awards

Earthquakes

  • NSTA/CBC Best Science Trade Book, 1997
  • Fossil Fish Found Alive

  • ALA Notable Book, 2003
  • IRA/CBC Childrens Choice Book, 2003
  • School Library Journal

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)