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McNicoll was born in Ajax, Ontario and grew up in Montreal, Quebec.For eight years she worked as features editor for Today's Parent Toronto while she was writing her novels for young people. She also served as Artist in Residence for numerous schools in Ontario and Writer in Electronic Residence for schools across Canada.Now, besides writing books that get published in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Australia, Canada and the US, she visits classrooms and libraries to teach and motivate writers, whatever their age. Syliva McNicoll is married to Robert McNicoll and they have three adult children: Jennifer, Craig and Robin. Sylvia has four grandsons, Hunter, William, Desmond and Fletcher and four granddaughters Jadzia, Violet, Finley and Scarlett.
Her daughter, Jennifer, is also an author who writes science fiction under the name J M Filipowicz.
Sylvia McNicoll won the Silver Birch Award for "Bringing Up Beauty".
1996 Silver Birch for "Bringing Up Beauty"
1996 Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award for "Bringing Up Beauty"
2000 Explora-toy Best Novel for "Caught in a Lie"
2011 Creative Burlington’s inaugural Arts Recognition Award
"'2012 Hamilton Arts Award for "Last Chance for Paris"
- Blueberries and Whipped Cream - 1988
- Jump Start - 1989
- The Tiger Catcher's Kid - 1989
- Project Disaster - 1990
- More than Money - 1990
- Facing the Enemy - 1992
- Bringing Up Beauty - 1994
- The Big Race - 1996
- Walking a Thin Line - 1997
- Double Dribble - 1999
- Smoky and the Gorilla - 1999
- Grave Secrets - 1999
- Caught in a Lie - 2000
- A Different Kind of Beauty - 2004
- Beauty Returns - 2006
- Last Chance For Paris - 2008
- crush. candy. corpse. - 2012
- "Dying to Go Viral" 2013
- "Dog on Trial" 2013
- "Revenge on the Fly" 2014
- "Best Friends Through Eternity" 2015
- The Best Mistake Mystery, 2017
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