Susan Hughes - Author

Biography

Award-winning author Susan Hughes has written over thirty books – both fiction and nonfiction – for children of all ages, including Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs, 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!

Awards

  • Walking for Water

    2022 - Silver Birch Express Award, Ontario Library Association, Nominee

  • Walking in the City with Jane

    2019 - OLA Light Reads Great Stories, Forest of Reading, Ontario Library Association, Listed

    2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

  • Maggie McGillicuddy’s Eye for Trouble

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

  • The Island Horse

    2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2013 - Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Commended

    2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, , Winner

  • Case Closed?

    2012 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Children's Crown Award Reading Program, Short-listed

    2012 - Lamplighter Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2012 - Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, The Children's Literature Association of Utah, Short-listed

    2012 - Utah Beehive Award - Informational Category, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Short-listed

    2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2011 - Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, NSTA, Short-listed

    2011 - Norma Fleck Award, , Winner

    2010 - Outstanding Science Trade Book, , Winner

  • No Girls Allowed

    2011 - Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association, Commended

    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, Commended

  • Earth to Audrey

    2007 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2007 - Blue Spruce Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed

    2006 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Short-listed

    2006 - Book of the Year for Children Award, , Short-listed

    2006 - TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, , Short-listed

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