Susin Nielsen got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for many Canadian TV series.
Nielsens first two young adult novels, Word Nerd and Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, received critical acclaim and multiple Young Readers Choice Awards. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen won the prestigious Governor Generals Literary Award, the Canadian Library Associations Childrens Book of the Year and many Young Readers Choice Awards. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two extremely destructive cats.
Optimists Die First
(Hardback) - 2017
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SynopsisPetula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she'd kept an eye on her sister, if only she'd sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only...
Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the worlds most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula's ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when shes paired with Jacob for a class project, theres no denying they have brilliant ideas together ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats.
But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts and when the truth comes out, theres no way Petula is ready for it.