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Susan Hughes (born 1960) is a Canadian author of children's books. She is also a freelance editor of educational materials and a journalist, writing articles for magazines such as MORE and Canadian Living. Her book, 'Case Closed: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science' (Kids Can Press, 2010), illustrated by Michael Wandelmeier, is the winner of the 2011 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction.
Susan can't remember time when she didn't love reading and writing. When she was in elementary school, at John Ross Robertson Public School in Toronto, she was a member of the school's library club, called The Book Worms. She read every single book in the school library! Her favourite ones were about dogs and horses. When she was ten, she and several friends from the neighbourhood started a small writing club. They met to share their poems and stories. They gave each other encouragement as well as constructive criticism.
After finishing junior high at Glenview Senior Public School, and then high school at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, Susan studied English literature for one year at Queen's University and then completed three more years at the University of Toronto.
While a university student, Susan got a summer job at a children's publishing company, Crabtree Publishing. She learned a lot that summer about writing, researching, editing, proof-reading, and working as a team. When she graduated, Susan worked for a year with Crabtree and then began freelancing as an editor and writer, while also working on her own books.
Susan continues to write both fiction and non-fiction books, including the award-winning OFF TO CLASS: INCREDIBLE AND UNUSUAL SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD (Owl Kids, 2011) and CASE CLOSED? NINE MYSTERIES UNLOCKED BY MODERN SCIENCE (Kids Can, 2010). She has over twenty-five years experience as a developmental and structural editor, and a writer, of educational materials. She also provides manuscript evaluation and coaching services. In 2012-2013, she was pleased to be one of four Writers-in-Residence for the Toronto District School Board.
Susan's books have been translated into over seven languages. Her daughter created a book trailer for OFF TO CLASS: INCREDIBLE AND UNUSUAL SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD, which you can view here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ew858k-Pkj4
- The Island Horse Kids Can Press, 2012
- Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools around the World Owl Kids, 2011
- Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science Kids Can Press, 2010
- Virginia Kids Can Press, 2010
- Canada Close Up series. Scholastic Canada, including 'Canadian Celebrations,' 2012, 'Canada's Birds,' 2010, 'Canada Plays Sports,' 2009, and 'Canada Festivals,' 2008
- No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure (ill. Willow Dawson) Kids Can Press, 2008
- Raise Your Voice, Lend a Hand, Change the World Scholastic Canada, 2007
- Earth to Audrey Kids Can Press, 2005
- Coming to Canada Maple Tree Press, 2005
- Wild Paws series (Scholastic Canada), including 'Bobcat Rescue' (2003), 'The Lonely Wolf Pup' (2003), 'Bunnies in Trouble' (2004), Orphaned Beluga (2004), and 'Cubs All Alone' (2004)
- Lester Pearson: The Canadians Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2004
- Cuba. The Culture Crabtree, 2004
- Cuba. The Land Crabtree, 2004
- Cuba. The People Crabtree, 2004
- Let's Call It Canada: Amazing Stories of Canadian Place Names Maple Tree Press, 2003
- Canada Invents Owl Kids, 2002
- The Not-Quite World Famous Scientist Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2002
- The Science and Story of Titanic (Susan Hughes and Steve Santini) Somerville House, 1999
- Megalodon: The Prehistoric Shark (Stephen Cumbaa and Susan Hughes) Somerville House, 1998
- We Celebrate Valentine's Day Crabtree, 1994
- We Celebrate Winter Crabtree, 1994
- We Celebrate Family Days Crabtree, 1993
- We Celebrate Hanukkah Crabtree, 1993
- We Celebrate the Harvest Crabtree, 1993
- Anything Can Happen Doubleday Canada, 1992
- The Environmental Detective (Susan Hughes and Doug Herridge) Somerville House Press, 1991
Personal website: http://www.susanhughes.ca