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General Information

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.

Published Works

    Hippo Thunder, Albert Whitman & Co., 1982There`s No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein, Albert Whitman & Co., 1983Casey the Nomad, Albert Whitman & Co., 1985Lies (people believe) About Animals, Albert Whitman & Co., 1987Hanukkah : Eight Lights Around the World , Albert Whitman & Co., 1988Big Friend, Little Friend: A Book About Symbiosis, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1989The Dieter, Pocket Books, 1990Time Off from Good Behavior, Headline Book Publishing, 1992Young Wives' Tales, Headline Book Publishing, 1996Audition For Murder, Worldwide Library, 2000Cruising For Murder, Worldwide Library, 2002

Selected Titles At Your Library

Hippo thunder /
ISBN: 0807533076. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 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. OCLC Number:

Albert Whitman,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1993.

Casey the nomad /
ISBN: 0807510688. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. ©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. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 1987.

Presents commonly held beliefs abouts bats, tarantulas, snakes, porcupines, and other animals and then explains the surprising truths.

Hanukkah :
ISBN: 0807531456. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 1988.

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

Big friend, little friend :
ISBN: 0395497019. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 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.

The dieter /
ISBN: 067167725X. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 1990, ©1989.

Time off from good behaviour /
ISBN: 0747205027. OCLC Number:

Headline,. London :. 1991.

Young wives' tales /
ISBN: 0747212333. OCLC Number:

Headline Review,. London :. 1995.

Audition for murder /
ISBN: 0749931612. OCLC Number:

Piatkus,. London :. 2000.

Cruising for murder /
ISBN: 0373264240. OCLC Number:

Worldwide,. Toronto ;. 2002, ©2000.

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.


Emmy Award for the screenplay of her book,

There`s No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein


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