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Susin Nielsen

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Susin Nielsen

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 over 20 Canadian TV series. Her first two young adult novels, Word Nerd, and Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom were published to critical acclaim and won multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Her third novel, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year Award, and a number of Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Author Wally Lamb named it his top YA pick for 2012 in his “First Annual Wally Awards,” and recently Rolling Stone put it at #27 in their list of “Top 40 Best YA Novels.” Her books have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, French, German, and Korean. Susin’s new novel, We Are All Made of Molecules, was published in Canada, the U.S. and the UK in Spring of 2015. Translation rights have been pre-sold so far to Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Sweden and Norway, and advance reviews have been glowing. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats.