Donna Sandstrom - Author


Donna Sandstrom became interested in orcas when she moved to Seattle and started dreaming about them. In 2002, she was a community organizer in the effort to return Springer, an orphaned orca, to her pod. The life-changing experience inspired her to start The Whale Trail, a series of sites where people can watch whales from shore. She lives in Seattle, Washington.


  • Orca Rescue!

    2022 - 2021 Book Award, Children and Young Readers, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC), Winner

    2022 - Best General Nonfiction, Children, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Honor Book

    2022 - Best Intermediate Nonfiction 2022, International Literary Association, Honor Book

    2022 - Skipping Stones Book Honor Awards, Skipping Stones, Joint Winner

    2022 - Washington State Book Awards, Washington Center for the Book and The Seattle Public Library, Short-Listed

    2024 - Sasquatch Award, Washington Library Association, Nominated

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