Graham Salisbury is an American children's writer. His best-known work is Under the Blood Red Sun, a historical novel that features a Japanese-American boy and his family during World War II. He was a pop musician in the late 1960s under the name of Sandy Salisbury.
His first novel, Blue Skin of the Sea: a Novel in Stories (1992) received many awards, including Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal, Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, Parent's Choice Book Award, Bank Street Child Study Book Award, Oregon Book Award, the Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (Women's National Book Association), NCTE Notable Trade Book in the Language Arts (National Council of Teachers of English), and the Pen/Norma Klein Award for emerging voice of literary merit among American writers of children's fiction.
Two years later, he published Under the Blood Red Sun (1994) which received eighteen award nominations across the nation. It is now a movie made available on Amazon. He wrote three additional titles in that series. He authored seven middle-grade books and nine books in the Calvin Coconut children's series, all of which were similarly well-received and nationally praised.
Salisbury became a well-known songwriter and musician from the late 1960s. Under the performing name of Sandy Salisbury, he is best known for being a member of Curt Boettcher's groups The Millennium and The Ballroom, whose 1966 album remained unreleased until 2001, before attempting a solo career of his own. He performed on many hit recordings from bands such as The Association, Paul Revere and The Raiders, Tommy Roe, and many others.
Salisbury was born in Philadelphia. He grew up in Hawaii and lived in Kailua, Oahu. Later he attended Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, Hawaii. He lives with his family in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
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