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Sylvia McNicoll



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Born in Ajax, Ontario, Sylvia McNicoll grew up in Montreal, Quebec and graduated from Concordia university. Her first book, Blueberries and Whipped Cream, was written as a project for a writing course given by Paul Kropp at Sheridan College where she later taught creative writing for nine years. That book sold film options as well as foreign rights to Australia and later in an updated version to Germany, Sweden, and Norway. She went on to write many books for both junior and intermediate students. Perhaps, best known, is her Beauty Series, a set of three novels about Elizabeth fostering future guide dogs, the first of which, Bringing Up Beauty won the 1996 Silver Birch Award.
Today Sylvia has over 28 books for young people, published in six different languages, as well as many short stories and articles. Most of her work goes directly to Norway to be translated into Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish. Sylvia McNicoll also works as the Features Editor of Today’s Parent Toronto. Beyond writing, she enjoys the arts education component of her career, visiting classrooms and libraries to teach and inspire reading and writing excitement. Besides reading, Sylvia loves hiking with her Jackapoo Mortie, bicycling, crosscountry skiing and hanging out with her four grandchildren.
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Literacy nights, Young Author Days, Author Visits, Writing Workshops
An experienced creative writing instructor who enjoys an uncanny rapport
with young people, Sylvia presents and teaches writing process using
humorous annecdotes, interactive writing exercises, props, a powerpoint
display of covers, characters and settings.
Dog on Trial

Dying to Go Viral
Fitzhenry Whiteside

crush. candy.corpse
What really happened in the forty-first hour?
James Lorimer&Company Ltd. Publishers

Last Chance for Paris
Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2008

Beauty Returns
Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2007

A Different Kind of Beauty
Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2004

Caught in a Lie
Scholasic Canada, 2001

Grave Secrets
Fitzhenry Whiteside, 1999

Walking a Thin Line
Scholasic Canada, 1996

Bringing Up Beauty
Fitzhenry Whiteside, 1994

Blueberries and Whipped Cream
Gage, 1988

Slam Dunk Robot
Scholasic Canada, 2007

Double Dribble
Scholasic Canada, 1999

Smoky and the Gorilla
Scholasic Canada, 1999

The Big Race
Scholasic Canada, 1996

Project Disaster
Scholasic Canada, 1990

The Tiger Catcher's Kid
Nelson , 1989
2011 Hamilton Arts Best Young Adult for Last Chance for Paris

2011 Creative Burlington's Literary Artist of the Year for Last Chance for Paris.

1997 Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award
Category: Writing
For: Bringing Up Beauty

1996 Silver Birch
Category: Writing
For: Bringing Up Beauty
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The Writers' Union of Canada
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