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Name:  Susan Sussman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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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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Titles At Your Library

Hippo Thunder
ISBN: 0807533076

Albert Whitman & Co. 1982

Father devises a way to banish the fear that comes with each clap of thunder.

There's No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein
ISBN: 0807578630

Albert Whitman & Co.. 1983

This classic holiday book tells the story of a little Jewish girl at Christmastime. It is her wise grandfather who helps her understand the difference between sharing something because she believes in it, and helping friends celebrate something because they believe in it. Recommended by the National Conference of Christians and Jews as "a story promoting brotherhood and understanding," an EMMY-award winning film by the same name is also available on Amazon.

Casey the Nomad
ISBN: 0807510688

Albert Whitman & Co. 1985

Casey is fascinated by nomads, but he's distressed to learn that his own father will be traveling the country for two years on business.

Lies (people believe) About Animals
ISBN: 0807545309

Albert Whitman & Company. 1987

This fascinating winner of the Science Teacher's of America Award for outstanding books combines commonly accepted 'lies' people believe about many animals with Fred Leavitt's amazing black-and-white photographs. Photographed on white paper, the reader sees every quill on the porcupines back, light glinting in the alligator's eye, the scales on a coiled snake, 'hairs' on the tarantula. This book fascinates, delights and informs even the most reluctant the reader.

Hanukkah: Eight Lights Around the World
ISBN: 0807531456

Albert Whitman & Co. 1988

Eight short stories depict eight contemporary Jewish families in different countries celebrating the holiday.

Big Friend, Little Friend: A Book About Symbiosis
ISBN: 0395497019

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1989

Describes organisms that live together in mutual dependence, such as the African buffalo and the red-billed oxpecker, the protozoan and the honeyguide, the sea anemone and the boxing crab, and the acacia bush and the ant

ISBN: 067167725X

Pocket. 1990

Thin, bright and beautiful Barbara Avers has it all, a powerful political husband, great kids, beautiful home -- and a two pack a day cigarette habit.

But, when Barbara decides to honor her best friend's passing by flinging her last carton of beloved cigarettes into Lake Michigan -- she hurtles headlong into the frightening and exotic universe of hips and thighs, weight clinics and fad diets, elastic waistbands and camouflage overblouses.

In this new world, the facade of her life peels away, each layer exposing something new. Her high-power attorney husband begins spending more time with his pretty, thin campaign manager. Her children seem embarrassed by her. Her once solid self-image shifts like quicksand.

When Barbara is offered a job to resurrect her old newspaper career, she catches the eye of a craggy, irreverent crime reporter. And she is befriended by a wise-cracking 300 pound fellow-dieter -- a woman forced to lose weight for health reasons -- whose boyfriend complains she's getting too thin.

Like Alice down the rabbit hole, Barbara emerges much changed, amazed she ever equated body weight with self-worth.

"A delightful novel, intelligent, witty, and very moving."
--Susan Isaacs

Time Off from Good Behaviour
ISBN: 0747205027

Headline Book Publishing. 1992

Young Wives' Tales
ISBN: 0747212333

Headline Book Publishing. 1996

Novel about a woman's discovery of her true identity.

Audition for Murder
ISBN: 0749931612

Piatkus Books. 2000

Cruising For Murder (Worldwide Library Mysteries)
ISBN: 0373264240

Worldwide Library. 2002

Morgan Taylor, a hopeful young actress from Chicago, encounters her second mystery when she joins a cruise ship's entertainment cast, learning a little after the fact that the person she replaced had been murdered. Reprint.


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

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