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Sally Grindley - Author

About the Author

Sally was our Guest Editor for December 2010. Click here to see her book selections.

Sally began writing in 1984 while she was working for a nationwide children's book club. She has been a full-time author since 1995 and has had over 140 books published.  She won the prestigious Smarties Gold Prize in 2005 for her novel ‘Spilled Water’, and 'Shhh' won the Children's Book Award in 1992 and was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize.  She has also won and been shortlisted for a number of other awards.  Sally is lauded for her ability to write across a wide range of subjects and for a wide range of ages – from street kids to giants and from toddlers to pre-teens.

Featured books by Sally Grindley

Paw Prints in the Snow

Paw Prints in the Snow

9+ readers

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Finding tigers in Russia is the thrilling half term mission for Joe when he accompanies his mum on a special mission to search for the Amur tigers, one of the world’s rarest creatures. The nature reserve that is home to the tigers is an awesome frozen world. Soon Joe is not only close to the tigers but also playing a key role in rescuing a tiger cub. Combining excitement with loads of facts, this is brilliant introduction to the wonders of nature.  

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Other books by Sally Grindley

It's the Troll Lift-the-Flap Book

It's the Troll Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

An interactive lift-the-flap retelling of a classic fairy tale, following the success of the bestselling Shhh! - will keep children hooked! There is no grass left and the goats are starving! On the other side of the river the fields are bursting with fresh green grass... but they need your help to get past the nasty troll! Based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, children can lift the flaps and peep through the holes as they follow the adventure. Praise for Shhh!: 'This book is FANTASTIC for storytime with a group of children. It's great to read it with inflection, pretending to be scared of the giant and telling the kids to SHHH!' Goodreads reviewer 'I have worked in a pre-school for 24 years and this is by far their favourite book. The children sit there quietly and as you read the book they are hooked!' Amazon reviewer

It's the Troll Lift-the-Flap Book

It's the Troll Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

An interactive retelling of a classic fairy tale with flaps and peepholes, following the success of the bestselling Shhh! - will keep children hooked! There is no grass left and the goats are starving! On the other side of the river the fields are bursting with fresh green grass... but they need your help to get past the nasty troll! Based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, children can lift the flaps and peep through the holes as they follow the adventure. Praise for Shhh!: 'This book is FANTASTIC for storytime with a group of children. It's great to read it with inflection, pretending to be scared of the giant and telling the kids to SHHH!' Goodreads reviewer 'I have worked in a pre-school for 24 years and this is by far their favourite book. The children sit there quietly and as you read the book they are hooked!' Amazon reviewer

Help! Lift-the-Flap Book

Help! Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

An interactive version of a classic fairy tale that follows the success of the bestselling Shhh! Based on The Three Little Pigs, Help! physically involves the reader in the narrative and adventure. There's a wolf inside this book and the pigs need to catch him. Can you help them? Don't let him escape! Young children can lift the flaps and peep through the holes as they follow the adventure. Praise for Shhh!: 'This book is FANTASTIC for storytime with a group of children. It's great to read it with inflection, pretending to be scared of the giant and telling the kids to SHHH!' Goodreads reviewer 'I have worked in a pre-school for 24 years and this is by far their favourite book. The children sit there quietly and as you read the book they are hooked!' Amazon reviewer

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 11: Do Tigers Have Nine Lives?

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 11: Do Tigers Have Nine Lives?

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

A boy's toy tiger turns into a real tiger in the middle of the night. The boy and the tiger leap out of the window and into a beautifully-illustrated adventure. The tiger whisks the boy away to the beautiful jungle of his homeland. But danger awaits them - will they make it back, or will the tiger lose one of his nine lives trying to escape? Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children's imaginations. These 36 original stories will get children thinking, and develop and deepen their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustration styles broadens children's reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book for them. They also contain inside cover notes, to enable parents and teachers to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Help! Lift-the-Flap Book

Help! Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2015

An interactive version of a classic fairy tale that follows the success of the bestselling Shhh! Based on The Three Little Pigs, Help! physically involves the reader in the narrative and adventure. There's a wolf inside this book and the pigs need to catch him. Can you help them? Don't let him escape! Young children can lift the flaps and peep through the holes as they follow the adventure. Praise for Shhh!: 'This book is FANTASTIC for storytime with a group of children. It's great to read it with inflection, pretending to be scared of the giant and telling the kids to SHHH!' Goodreads reviewer 'I have worked in a pre-school for 24 years and this is by far their favourite book. The children sit there quietly and as you read the book they are hooked!' Amazon reviewer

Keep Out! Lift-the-Flap Book

Keep Out! Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2014

A long-awaited sequel to the award-winning and bestselling Shhh! Based on Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Keep Out! physically involves the reader in the narrative and adventure. Can you get through the book without coming face-to-face with a scary bear? What will you do if you see one? Why shut the book of course! Young children can lift the flaps as they follow the adventure.

Busy Day

Busy Day

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2011

A group of friends is heading off on the bus to have a day together at the seaside. On the way they encounter lots of vehicles and other animals all busily going about their day. A fantastic book with plenty of things to identify as the story travels along.

Hey Fafa: The Egg/Hey Fafa: Al Beida Beida

Hey Fafa: The Egg/Hey Fafa: Al Beida Beida

Author: Sally Grindley, Rania Amin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2011

Meet Fafa the turtle, Douka the lively ladybord, Moumou the bouncy frog and Outi the cuddly seal, in the first stories to be based on Al Jazeera Children's Channel's favourite TV characters.

Fafa The Egg

Fafa The Egg

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2011

Meet Fafa the turtle, Douka the lively ladybird, Moumou the bouncy frog and Outi the cuddly seal, in the first stories to be based on Al Jazeera Childrens Channels favorite TV characters.

Fafa The Egg

Fafa The Egg

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2011

Meet Fafa the turtle, Douka the lively ladybird, Moumou the bouncy frog and Outi the cuddly seal, in the first stories to be based on Al Jazeera Childrens Channels favorite TV characters.

Knock Knock Who's There?

Knock Knock Who's There?

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2010

A gorilla, a witch, a ghost, then a fierce scaly dragon hungry for his tea. Who will be next? Each time there's a knock at the door, there's a different monster, but each time they're wearing the same tartan slippers. Of course, it's just Dad, playing an hilarious bedtime game!

Bitter Chocolate

Bitter Chocolate

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2010

Pascal's life is like any other boy's as he worries about his English classes and his football skills - until the day rebels come to his village and everything changes. On the run with friends, Pascal finds himself at the mercy of some tough events. But it is not until he ends up working in a cocoa plantation that he realises he must endeavour to find his family and to set himself free of his enslavement. Armed only with his determination, and supported by his friend, Kojo, Pascal has a difficult battle ahead of him.

Hey Fafa: the Huge Wave/ Hey Fafa: Al Moja Al Kabira

Hey Fafa: the Huge Wave/ Hey Fafa: Al Moja Al Kabira

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

Fafa and her friends have built an enormous sandcastle. Splash! When Scoot the fish dives into the water the castle disappears into the sea. But what's that, left behind on the sand?

The Bear Detectives: A Very Important Day

The Bear Detectives: A Very Important Day

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/03/2010

A celebrity pawballer is coming to the village to open the new stadium. It's a very important day! Can the Bear Detectives make sure nothing goes wrong?

Cat-a-wall

Cat-a-wall

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2009

When Scruff's owners throw him out of the house for the night, he realises that they have no judgement for true musical talent. Scruff is the greatest singer in the world (according to him) and he needs an audience who will truly appreciate him. When Scruff comes across a singing contest he has found his chance to prove how fantastic he is at last! But will the arrival of the prettiest cat in the whole world change everything?

Torn Pages

Torn Pages

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2009

There's something about a storm in the middle of the night that gathers a family close. It's as if nothing else exists outside that huddle of love in a blacked-out room which, try as it might, the storm cannot overwhelm. The storm that Liddy faces is the storm of AIDS, that is attacking their small African community. It has taken away from her for ever her mother and father. With her brother, Joe, Liddy must try to bring up Kesi, their little sister. There is never enough to eat, they cannot afford to go to school, and even their grandmother goes out her way to make life difficult for them. But their mother's voice of love is still there to guide them, in the handwritten diary which she left for them.

Poppy And Max: Poppy And Max and the Big Wave

Poppy And Max: Poppy And Max and the Big Wave

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2008

Poppy and Max don't always agree. Sometimes they even argue. But there's one thing they know for sure - they are the best of friends! Poppy and Max are at the beach. Poppy can't wait to surf the big waves. Max isn't so sure. He thinks he will be much safer, chasing crabs on the sand. But will he...?

Broken Glass

Broken Glass

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2008

We hadn't always lived on an island ...why would anyone dream of such a thing if they had a house with its own path and a gate at the end of it? When Suresh and Sandeep run away from home to escape their abusive and bullying father, they do so with the hope that they are going to find something better. However, soon Sandeep and Suresh find themselves working to collect rubbish (broken glass) in the big city - and their new home is a traffic island in the middle of a busy road. Is this their future forever, or can the brothers change their fates to something much more hopeful?

Poppy And Max: Poppy And Max And The Fashion Show

Poppy And Max: Poppy And Max And The Fashion Show

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2007

Poppy and Max don't always agree. Sometimes they even argue. But there's one thing they know for sure - they are the best of friends! Poppy and Max see a sign asking for models for a fashion show and Poppy is desperate to volunteer. Max does not like wearing clothes, but somehow ends up as the star of the show!

Bravo, Max!

Bravo, Max!

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Saving Finnegan

Saving Finnegan

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

When Holly wakes up and sees the whale on the beach she can hardly believe her eyes. Soon she is at the forefront of an island-wide movement to save the whale. But things are not as simple as the young girl would like and she has to deal with the ambitions of a wide group of people. Laced throughout with the important theme of death, this is a powerful and hugely enjoyable novel by Smarties Gold Medal winning author Sally Grindley.

Spilled Water

Spilled Water

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2006

When her father dies, Lu Si-yan, just eleven, is sold into domestic service by her uncle. Nearly two years will pass before she can get back home to her mother and brother. In this powerful and compelling novel Sally Grindley portrays the life of a young girl in modern-day China, a young girl whose life is said to be like 'spilled water'.

Why Is The Sky Blue?

Why Is The Sky Blue?

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Young Rabbit would like to know why the sky is blue. In fact Rabbit wants to know everything. His old friend, Donkey, who knows lots of things, promises to teach him. But maybe Rabbit can teach wise Donkey a thing or two as well?

Bravo Max

Bravo Max

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2006

One of DJ's books is about to be made into a film and while she is busy working on the screenplay, Max decides to give writing his own play a go, with DJ's help of course. But then Max's mum meets someone and suddenly Max is no longer the only man in her life. It seems like everyone is happy about it, except for Max.

Spilled Water

Spilled Water

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2005

When her husband dies, Lu Si-yan's mother is encouraged to sell her young daughter into domestic service. Lu Si-yan is just eleven when sold by her uncle. Nearly two years will pass before she can get back home to her mother and brother. In this powerful and compelling novel Sally Grindley portrays the life of a young girl in China, a young girl whose life is said to be like 'spilled water'. With a brilliant first-person narrative and a powerful description of time and place, this novel is gripping, heart-wrenching and utterly mesmerising.

Max: Dear Max

Max: Dear Max

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2005

Meet Max - the little boy with the big imagination! A story about imagination, story telling, sharing and swapping! DJ Samuel is a famous author, and Max adores DJ's books. Max wants to write something just as good himself, so he sends a letter to DJ asking for advice. Through the touching and funny correspondence that follows we learn not only how to write a story, but also that there is more to Max than a big imagination. And as DJ helps Max out, her next book begins to take on an unexpected shape!

The Sulky Vulture

The Sulky Vulture

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2003

Boris is a very sulky vulture - nothing ever goes quite right for him! When his friends try to take his mind off things and cheer him up, everything goes wrong: the swing he is swinging on breaks, he can't find the zebra in hide and seek, he ends up with a rhino chasing him when he plays catch. Even when mum offers him a hug he's still not happy. Some vultures are never pleased! A riotous vulture story from the acclaimed master of animal characterisation and illustration, Michael Terry.

Feather Wars

Feather Wars

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2003

Sam is being bullied at school. A quiet, creeping insidious form of bullying that has Sam terrified of his persecutors. Sam is also very angry with his father as it appears that he is the cause of the bullying. Sam's father keeps pigeons and the bullies find this amusing. When Sam's father has to go off and help in the D-Day landings and Sam is left at home with his mother and little sister things begin to change for him. He begins to see things in a new light and finds a new resolve to deal with the problems around him. An accomplished and finely rendered novel that gently brings to life some complex issues in the life of a young boy.

Peter's Place

Peter's Place

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2001

The images Foreman portrays create a lasting impression of the fragility of nature, matching Grindley's heartfelt story of an ecological disaster.

Where Are My Chicks?

Where Are My Chicks?

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2000

This is a good book which succeeds in entertaining and informing Manchester Evening News An absent minded mother hen can't find her chicks! She searches here and there and relies upon the help of the other farm animals to track the naughty chicks down. But soon she is surrounded by more chicks than she started with - whose can they be? A perfect first picture book for children just learning to count, identify animals and of course, join in with the animal noises.

Bible Stories for the Very Young

Bible Stories for the Very Young

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/1999

This is a collection of Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments, retold in a easy lyrical voice and illustrated in simple colours. From the Creation through to Easter, it includes both parables and stories, ideal for reading aloud or alone.

Shhh! Lift-the-Flap Book

Shhh! Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: Sally Grindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/1999

Shhh! You are about to enter a giant's castle. Can you get through the book without waking up the enormous scary giant? What will you do if he wakes up? Why shut the book of course! An interactive retelling of a classic fairy tale with flaps and peepholes that will keep children hooked! 'This book is FANTASTIC for storytime with a group of children. It's great to read it with inflection, pretending to be scared of the giant and telling the kids to SHHH!' Goodreads reviewer 'I have worked in a pre-school for 24 years and this is by far their favourite book. The children sit there quietly and as you read the book they are hooked!' Amazon reviewer

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