Sandy Stark-McGinnis was born in California. Early childhood dreams: Play quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, or become a forest ranger. Instead, she became something more inspirational, a teacher.

Currently, she teaches fifth grade, and is amazed and inspired by her students every day. She spends her time reading (of course), and traveling with her husband and two children. Sandy believes her thirteen years as a competitive swimmer trained her to have the discipline and perseverance to journey through a writing life. Her middle grade debut, EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS, will release from Bloomsbury in spring 2019.