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Susin Nielsen

Biography

Susin Nielsen

Gemini Award winner Tundra author Susin Nielsen got her start feeding cast and crew muffins and bologna sandwiches on the popular television series, “Degrassi Junior High.” They hated her food (a fact that’s memorialized forever in a poem the cast wrote: “An ode to Susin, the Bran Muffin Queen, we eat them, we die, then we turn green”). Luckily for Susin, they saw a spark in a spec script she wrote. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit television show and four of the books in the Degrassi book series. Since then, Nielsen, who has received two Canadian Screenwriter awards, has written and story---edited many TV series, including “Ready or Not”, “Madison”, “The Adventures of Shirley Holmes”, “Edgemont” and two animated series, “What About Mimi” and “Braceface”. She co---created the pre---school series “Franny’s Feet”, and is the co-creator and showrunner of the critically acclaimed series “Robson Arms.” She also adapted author Susan Juby’s book, ALICE, I THINK, into a TV series. Nielsen has also published three children’s books: HANK AND FERGUS, winner of the Mr. Christie’s Silver Medal Award, MORMOR MOVES IN and THE MAGIC BEADS. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, Goran, son, Oskar and cat, Sam.  

Susin Nielsen

Books by Susin Nielsen

by Susin Nielsen - Family, Fiction, Humor, Young Adult 14+
Sixteen-year-old Petula de Wilde is anything but wild. A former crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula shut herself off from the world after a family tragedy. She sees danger in all the ordinary things, like crossing the street, a bug bite, or a germy handshake. She knows: life is out to get you. The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class with a small group of fellow misfits. Then a new boy, Jacob, appears at school and in her therapy group. He seems so normal and confident, though he has a prosthetic arm; and soon he teams up with Petula on a hilarious project.
by Susin Nielsen - Fiction, Youth Fiction

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink. Their worlds come together when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be happy about it but Ashley is horrified and has to hide the real reason her dad moved out. While they are complete opposites, they have one thing in common: they are made of molecules.