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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 TV series, including Heartland, Madison, Ready or Not, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, Edgemont, What About Mimi and Braceface. 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 in the last decade she has published three children's books: Hank and Fergus, winner of the Mr. Christie's Silver Medal Award, Mormor Moves In, and The Magic Beads. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim, and went on to win many awards, including the Red Maple, The Rocky Mountain Award, and Manitoba and Saskatchewan’s Young Readers Choice Awards.

Her latest novel, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, hit stores this August to great reviews, and translation rights have already been sold to Germany, France and Brazil.
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School Presentations, Grades 6-8
Writing Workshops
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 2015 Governor General's Literary Award and the 2016 Red Maple Award: "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 and the Michigan Library Assn's Thumbs Up Award:
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

Nominated for the Red Maple, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta Young Readers' Choice Awards 2013-14: Reluctant Journal

Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards For: Dear George Clooney 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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