Susin Nielsen - Author

About the Author

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. Nielsen's first two young adult novels, Word Nerd and Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, received critical acclaim and multiple Young Readers' Choice Awards. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen won the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year and many Young Readers' Choice Awards. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two extremely destructive cats.

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No Fixed Address

No Fixed Address

Author: Susin Nielsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Felix Knutsson is nearly thirteen, lives with his mother and pet gerbil Horatio, and is brilliant at memorising facts and trivia. So far, pretty normal. But Felix and his mom Astrid have a secret: they are living in a van. Astrid promises it's only for a while until she finds a new job, and begs Felix not to breathe a word about it. So when Felix starts at a new school, he does his very best to hide the fact that most of his clothes are in storage, he only showers weekly at the community centre, and that he doesn't have enough to eat. When his friends Dylan and Winnie ask to visit, Felix always has an excuse. But Felix has a plan to turn his and Astrid's lives around: he's going to go on his favourite game show Who, What, Where, When and win the cash prize. All he needs is a little luck and a lot of brain power . . . Susin Nielsen deftly combines humour, heartbreak, and hope in this moving story about people who slip through the cracks in society, and about the power of friendship and community to make all the difference.

No Fixed Address

No Fixed Address

Author: Susin Nielsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Felix Knutsson is nearly thirteen, lives with his mother and pet gerbil Horatio, and is brilliant at memorising facts and trivia. So far, pretty normal. But Felix and his mom Astrid have a secret: they are living in a van. Astrid promises it's only for a while until she finds a new job, and begs Felix not to breathe a word about it. So when Felix starts at a new school, he does his very best to hide the fact that most of his clothes are in storage, he only showers weekly at the community centre, and that he doesn't have enough to eat. When his friends Dylan and Winnie ask to visit, Felix always has an excuse. But Felix has a plan to turn his and Astrid's lives around: he's going to go on his favourite game show Who, What, Where, When and win the cash prize. All he needs is a little luck and a lot of brain power . . . Susin Nielsen deftly combines humor, heartbreak, and hope in this moving story about people who slip through the cracks in society, and about the power of friendship and community to make all the difference.

The Magic Beads

The Magic Beads

Author: Susin Nielsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/08/2018

Optimists Die First

Optimists Die First

Author: Susin Nielsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Petula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she'd kept an eye on her sister, if only she'd sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only... Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the world's most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula's ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when she's paired with Jacob for a class project, there's no denying they have brilliant ideas together - ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats. But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts - and when the truth comes out, there's no way Petula is ready for it.

Optimists Die First

Optimists Die First

Author: Susin Nielsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Petula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she'd kept an eye on her sister, if only she'd sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only... Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the world's most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula's ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when she's paired with Jacob for a class project, there's no denying they have brilliant ideas together - ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats. But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts - and when the truth comes out, there's no way Petula is ready for it.

Word Nerd

Word Nerd

Author: Susin Nielsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Ambrose Bukowski is a twelve-year-old with a talent for mismatching his clothes, for saying the wrong thing at the worst possible time, and for words. In short, he's a self-described nerd. Making friends is especially hard because he and his overprotective mother, Irene, have had to move so often. And when bullies at his latest school almost kill him by deliberately slipping a peanut into his sandwich to set off his allergy, it's his mother who has the extreme reaction. From now on, Ambrose has to be home-schooled. Then Ambrose strikes up an unlikely friendship with the landlord's son, Cosmo, an ex-con who's been in prison. They have nothing in common except for Scrabble. But a small deception grows out of control when Ambrose convinces a reluctant Cosmo to take him to a Scrabble club. Could this spell disaster for Ambrose?

We Are All Made of Molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules

Author: Susin Nielsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Meet Stewart. He's geeky, gifted and sees things a bit differently to most people. His mum has died and he misses her all the more now he and Dad have moved in with Ashley and her mum. Meet Ashley. She's popular, cool and sees things very differently to her new family. Her dad has come out and moved out - but not far enough. And now she has to live with a freakazoid step-brother. Stewart can't quite fit in at his new school, and Ashley can't quite get used to her totally awkward home, which is now filled with some rather questionable decor. And things are about to get a whole lot more mixed up when these two very different people attract the attention of school hunk Jared. . .

We Are All Made of Molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules

Author: Susin Nielsen Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2015

*"e;This savvy, insightful take on the modern family makes for nearly nonstop laughs."e;Kirkus Reviews,StarredStewart, 13: Socially clueless genius. Ashley, 14: Popular with everyone but her teachersAshley's and Stewart'sworlds collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. The Brady Bunch it isn't. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it--he's always wanted a sister. But Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; ';Spewart' could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.They're complete opposites, but they have one thing in common: theylike everyone elseare made of molecules. In this hilarious and deeply moving story, award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud.PraiseNCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Nominated forthe George Peach Book Award for Teen ReadersNominated to the Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice AwardTexas Lone Star Reading List"e;A laugh-out-loud story of two teens learning to adjust to unusual family life that neither expected...Everyone from teenagers to adults will enjoy this story of ups and downs, laughter and tears, and the healing power of love."e;--VOYA*"e;Drama, humour, poignancy, and suspense are rarely found in such perfect proportions..some truly funny writing...stellar, top notch stuff."e;Quill & Quire,StarredWhat Other Authors Are Saying';Susin Nielsen is one of the best writers working today. In We Are All Made of Molecules, her astonishing ability to combine insight, tenderness, poignancy, and uproarious humor is in full flower. Susin Nielsen is a genius, and kids and adults alike will adore this book.' Susan Juby, author of The Truth Commission';What a skilled, gifted writer Susin is!There's so much to love about this story . . . but what grabbed me the most is the humor.' Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery Medalwinning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham1963

Lieber George Clooney, bitte heirate meine Mutter

Lieber George Clooney, bitte heirate meine Mutter

Author: Susin Nielsen Format: eBook Release Date: 25/06/2013

Da hat Violets Mutter doch tatsachlich schon mal mit George Clooney zusammengearbeitet, zwar nur, um ihm die Haare zu machen - aber immerhin. Doch auf die Idee, dass er der perfekte Stiefvater fur Violet und ihre Schwester Rosie sein konnte, kommt sie nicht. Also muss Violet die Sache selbst in die Hand nehmen. Und beschliet den verhassten Besuch bei ihrem Vater und dessen neuer Frau in Hollywood fur ein Treffen mit dem Filmstar zu nutzen. Fur irgendwas muss es ja gut sein, dass ihr Vater gerade an einer neuen Fernsehserie arbeitet. Und so schwer wird es doch wohl nicht sein, in der beruhmtesten Filmstadt der Welt auf einen Filmstar zu treffen.

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