Susan Juby

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Susan Juby
Born (1969-03-30) March 30, 1969 (age 49)
Ponoka, Alberta
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Canadian
Genre Young-adult
Notable works Alice, I Think, Republic of Dirt
Spouse James Juby

Susan Juby (born March 30, 1969)[1] is a Canadian writer of young adult literature. She is currently residing in Nanaimo, British Columbia, where she is a professor of creative writing at Vancouver Island University.

Juby is most known for her first series that started with Alice, I Think (2000), which was adapted into the television series Alice, I Think by The Comedy Network.


Juby was born in Ponoka, Alberta,[1] and later moved to Smithers, British Columbia at the age of six.[1]

Juby initially attended fashion design school, but dropped out after several months.[1] She subsequently started a degree in English literature at the University of Toronto,[1] transferring to the University of British Columbia after two years.[1] After graduating she became an editor at a book publishing company called Hartley and Marks.[1]


She began her first book as a journal which she wrote on the bus on the way to work and at a local coffee shop. After struggling to find a publisher the young adult publisher Thistledown published her first book Alice, I Think in 2000.[2]

She then completed a master’s program in publishing at Simon Fraser University in 2001.[1] After that publication she got noticed by HarperCollins which in turn offered her a contract for three books. Her second book Miss Smithers was published in 2004.[2] To complete the trilogy of Alice, I Think all under one publisher, the original book was bought by HarperCollins and at the beginning of the book was changed before being published again. Her third book under this contact was Alice McLeod: Realist at Last, published in 2005.[2]

In 2016, she won the Stephen Leacock Award for her novel Republic of Dirt.[3]


Books Awards and Nominations
Alice I think Books in Canada First Novel Award
Miss Smithers Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Award for Children's Literature,

Finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award

Finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

Selected by the International Youth Library for the White Ravens 2005, Nominated for the White Pine Award

Alice McLeod: Realist at Last Nominated for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
Another Kind of Cowboy Nominated for the White Pine Award

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Chosen as a Kirkus Best Books for Young Adults 2007

An ALA Rainbow List Book

Getting the Girl: A guide to private Investigation, Surveillance and Cookery Nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America

Nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award by the Crime Writers of Canada,

A Kirkus Editor's Choice for 2008,

Nominated for a 2010 Georgia Peach Award

Selected by the International Youth Library for the White Ravens 2009, Nominated for the White Pine Award

Nominated for the Stellar Award

Nice Recovery Chosen as a Globe and Mail Top 100 books published in 2010

Nominated for the White Pine Nonfiction Book Award

Published works[edit]

  • Alice I Think (2000)
  • I’m Alice (Beauty Queen?)
  • Miss Smithers (2004)
  • Alice Macleod: Realist at Last (2005)
  • Another Kind of Cowboy (2007)
  • Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance and Cookery (2008)
  • Nice Recovery (2010)
  • The Woefield Poultry Collective (2011) (Published as Home to Woefield in the United States)
  • Bright’s light (2012)
  • Republic of Dirt (2015)
  • The Truth Commission (2015)
  • The Fashion Committee (2017)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Dave Jenkinson, "Susan Juby". CM Magazine, May 11, 2005.
  2. ^ a b c Robert J. Wiersema, "Tales of Teenage Misfits". Quill & Quire, February 2005.
  3. ^ "Nanaimo author wins Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour". CTV Vancouver Island, June 12, 2016.

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