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Susin Nielsen



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SUSIN NIELSEN got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing.

Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for many Canadian TV series. She also adapted author Susan Juby's book, Alice, I Think, into a TV series, and co-created and executive produced the critically-acclaimed comedy-drama, Robson Arms.

But Susin always wanted to write books, and she finally got down to it, publishing "Word Nerd" with Tundra in 2008. Since then she's written "Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom," "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen" and "We Are All Made of Molecules." Her new YA novel, "Optimists Die First," will be published in Feb. 2017.

Nielsen's novels have won many awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award for "Reluctant Journal." They've been translated into multiple languages, including French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian and Dutch.
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Optimists Die First, Tundra/Wendy Lamb Books, 2017

We Are All Made of Molecules
Tundra/Wendy Lamb Books, 2015

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Tundra, 2012

Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom
Tundra, 2010

Word Nerd
Tundra, 2008

The Magic Beads
Simply Read, 2007
Illustrator: Genevieve Cote

Mormor Moves In
Orca, 2005
Illustrator: Louise-Andree Laliberte

Hank and Fergus
Orca, 2003
Illustrator: Louise-Andree Laliberte
Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award, Longlisted for the Carnegie (UK), winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, a Red Maple Honour book: "We Are All Made of Molecules"

Winner of the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award, the 2012 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the 2012 CLA Children's Book of the Year Award, the Red Maple Award and the Michigan Library Assn's Thumbs Up Award:
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards For: Dear George Clooney, Reluctant Journal and Word Nerd

Rocky Mountain Young Readers' Choice Awards For: Dear George Clooney and Word Nerd

Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards For: Dear George Clooney and Word Nerd

Ontario Red Maple Award For: Word Nerd
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Writers' Guild of Canada
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