Sue Macy

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Sue Macy
Born (1954-05-13) May 13, 1954 (age 69)
New York, United States
ResidenceEnglewood, New Jersey
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationBachelor of Arts in History
Alma materPrinceton University
GenreYoung Adult and Children's (nonfiction)
  • Morris Macy (father)
  • Ruth Macy (mother)

Sue Macy (born May 13, 1954) is an American author. The majority of her work, primarily of young adult nonfiction, focuses on women’s history and sports.[1] Her books have made many “Best of the Year” lists, including those from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, the American Library Association, and School Library Journal. The Book Rescuer was announced as the winner of the 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Picture Book category at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards on January 27, 2020. [2] [3]

Early life and education

Susan Beth Macy was born in New York City in 1954 and raised in Clifton, New Jersey. Macy is Jewish. Her father, Morris Macy, was a certified public accountant and her mother, Ruth Macy (née Narotsky), taught high school business classes until becoming a homemaker. In her youth, Macy’s career interests leaned toward law, but after she won a scholarship in 1971 through her local newspaper to Northwestern University’s summer high school journalism institute her interests began to broaden to writing and journalism. The Northwestern University Journalism Institute enabled Macy to serve as a summer intern to the North Jersey Herald News for the next three years.[4]

Macy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a certificate in American Studies from Princeton University in 1976. Her senior thesis was a research paper about Alice Davis Menken, a Jewish American social reformer who worked with female Jewish delinquents in the early 1900s.[5]


After graduation from Princeton, Macy worked at Scholastic, Inc for a total of 16 years, where she began as a research coordinator, helping with an American History textbook for high school students. She continued her work there as an editor and then editorial director of Scholastic’s math magazines DynaMath and MATH. In her spare time, Macy started researching and writing about women and sports, especially those women who had played sports when it was considered an unpopular women’s endeavor. After 10 years of research and interviewing women who had played from 1943-1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Macy published her first book for young adults, A Whole New Ball Game, in 1993. Since then, Macy has continued to publish books featuring women in history and sports who are notorious for being ground-breakers or pioneers in their fields, including biographies of Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Gertrude Ederle, Nellie Bly, and sportswriter Mary Garber. [6] Her book Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way), which was published by the National Geographic Society and explores the impact of the bicycle on women’s liberation in the 1890s, was a finalist for the Young Adult Library Services Association's YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults in 2012. [7] [8]

Her most recent picture book, The Book Rescuer (2019), is the story of Yiddish Book Center’s founder Aaron Lansky. [9] The Book Rescuer is a Parents' Choice Award winner[10] and has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist. The New York Times commended the way in which the "text and illustration meld beautifully." [11]

In February of 2020 National Geographic Society released Macy's exploration of female athletes in the 1920s, entitled Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties. [12]


  • A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (Henry Holt and Company, 1993)
  • Play Like a Girl: A Celebration of Women In Sports (Henry Holt and Company, 1999) - edited with Jane Gottesman
  • Girls Got Game: Sports Stories and Poems (Henry Holt and Company, 2001)
  • Bull’s Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley (National Geographic Society, 2001)
  • Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics (National Geographic Society, 2004)
  • Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics (National Geographic Society, 2006)
  • Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly (National Geographic Society, 2009)
  • Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) (National Geographic Society, 2011)
  • Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map (Holiday House, 2011) - illustrated by Matt Collins
  • Roller Derby Rivals (Holiday House, 2011) - illustrated by Matt Collins
  • Sally Ride: Life on a Mission (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2014)
  • Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2016) - illustrated by C.F. Payne
  • Trudy’s Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and Took the World By Storm (Holiday House, 2017) - illustrated by Matt Collins
  • Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly Into the Twentieth Century (National Geographic Society, 2017)
  • The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2019) - illustrated by Stacy Innerst
  • Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties (National Geographic Society, released in February 2020)


  1. Yingling, Karen. "Sue Macy on Women in Sports, Feminism, and the Impact of Title IX"
  2. 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Announced [1]
  3. School Library Journal: "Sydney Taylor Blog Tour: THE BOOK RESCUER Creators Sue Macy and Stacy Innerst"[2]
  4. Something About the Author series, Vol 134, pp.65-66
  5. She Roars: Celebrating Women at Princeton. "Sue Macy '76"
  6. Heather Lang Books: "Interview with Author Sue Macy on the Women Who Inspire Her and Finding Her Own Grit" [3]
  7. Young Adult Library Services Association. "YALSA 2012 Nonfiction Award Nominations" [4]
  8. Smithsonian Magazine: "Books on Bike Perfection and Women’s Bike-Won Freedom" [5]
  9. Massachusetts Jewish Ledger: "A Conversation with Sue Macy" [6]
  10. Parent's Choice Gold Award Winner, The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come [7]
  11. New York Times Book Review: "The Stories Behind American Heroes, Made Accessible to Kids" [8]
  12. "A prison of long skirts: How the pioneers of women’s sports bucked society to compete in the Jazz Age" [9]

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