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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Susan Sussman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Fiction Mystery Non-Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Susan has lived in Chicago most of her life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sussman is an author and screen writer. She began her writing career freelancing for Chicago newspapers and national publications. Her first book was ''Hippo Thunder''. She has published both fiction and non-fiction for ages pre-school through adult. She won an EMMY for the screen adaptation of her classic holiday children’s book: ''There’s No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein'' and her works have been translated into many languages around the world.Sussman has also contributed to ''One For You, One For Me'' a Disney/World juvenile book. Other books include: a few Whitman Boxcar books for youth - ''The Mystery of the Traveling Tomatoes'', ''A Horse Named Dragon'' and ''The Secret of the Mask'' and young adult books - ''Sweet Talk'', Dell; ''Night After Night'', Dell; ''Just Friends'', Fawcett/Ballantine and ''Don't Say Goodbye'', Dell.

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-- Emmy Award for the screenplay of her book, ''There`s No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein''.