Susan Hughes - Author

Award-winning author Susan Hughes has written over thirty books --- both fiction and nonfiction --- for children of all ages, including Earth to Audrey, Island Horse, Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science and No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure. She is also a freelance editor and writing coach.

When she was a child, Susan grew up on a very special street in Toronto, where the neighbors were like one big family. Parents planned events and street parties, and the kids of all ages played together, especially during the long summer days and evenings. Susan still enjoys getting together with these important childhood friends. And in recent years, Susan has been fortunate enough to make her home on other special streets with wonderful neighbors.

Susan has always loved writing. When she was in grades five and six, she and several friends had a writing club. They would gather with their poems and stories and read them aloud to one another. After finishing high school, Susan studied English literature at the University of Toronto. During the summer and after graduation, she worked for a short time at a children's publishing house. Then she began doing freelance editing work, mainly for educational publishers, and also writing commissioned articles and stories, while also working on her own story ideas.

Today, Susan lives with her family in Toronto, Canada, in a house with a big red door. She continues to enjoy freelance editing and commissioned writing, as well as story coaching and critiquing manuscripts. And of course, she loves writing her own stories --- from picture books, middle-grade novels and graphic novels to nonfiction and young adult novels!
Twitter: @childbkauthor

Case Closed?

2012 - Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2012 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2012 - Lamplighter Award, Children's Crown Award Reading Program, Short-listed
2012 - Utah Beehive Award - Informational Category, The Children's Literature Association of Utah, Short-listed
2011 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2011 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2010 - Outstanding Science Trade Book, NSTA, Winner

Earth to Audrey

2007 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2007 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2006 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Short-listed
2006 - Book of the Year for Children Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed
2006 - TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed

Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble

2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

No Girls Allowed

2011 - Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2009 - Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2009 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed

The Island Horse

2013 - Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Picture Books

Non-fiction

Early Chapter Books

Graphic Novel