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Sally ¬†grew up in Stockton-on-Tees, and after school travelled the world, working for a period at a Red Cross hospital in Japan. She now lives in Oxford. Sally’s first novel, Ways to Live Forever, was published in 2008 and won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, and she has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Children’s Book Award.

With her latest novel, Things a Bright Girl Can Do, Sally has returned to YA fiction with a powerful novel about three young girls who join the suffragette movement. Her other titles include An Island of Our Own, Shadow Girl, and Close Your Pretty Eyes.