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Susin Nielsen

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Sisältää nimen: Susin Nielsen-Fernlund

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Tekijän teokset

We Are All Made of Molecules (2015) — Tekijä — 486 kappaletta
No Fixed Address (2018) 289 kappaletta
Word Nerd (2008) 275 kappaletta
Optimists Die First (2017) 261 kappaletta
Tremendous Things (2021) 69 kappaletta
The Magic Beads (2007) 37 kappaletta
All Cats Welcome (2022) 18 kappaletta
Snake (1991) 12 kappaletta
My Messed-Up Life (2018) 11 kappaletta
Hank and Fergus (2003) 11 kappaletta
Mormor Moves In (2004) 10 kappaletta
Shane: A Degrassi Book (1989) 8 kappaletta

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Gemini Award-winner Tundra author Susin Nielsen got her start feeding cast and crew muffins and bologna sandwiches on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food (a fact that’s memorialized forever in a poem the cast wrote: “An ode to Susin, the Bran Muffin Queen, we eat them, we die, then we turn green”). Luckily for Susin, they saw a spark in a spec script she wrote. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit television show, and four of the books in the Degrassi book series. Since then, Nielsen, who has received two Canadian Screenwriter awards, has written and story-edited many TV series, including Ready or Not, Madison, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, Edgemont, and two animated series, What About Mimi and Braceface. She co-created the pre-school series Franny’s Feet, and is the co-creator and showrunner of the critically acclaimed series Robson Arms. She also adapted author Susan Juby’s book, Alice, I Think, into a TV series. Nielsen has also published three children’s books: Hank and Fergus, winner of the Mr. Christie’s Silver Medal Award, Mormor Moves In, and The Magic Beads. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, Goran, son, Oskar, and cat, Sam.



There are so many reviews out there for middle grade or young adult books where adult readers inexplicably complain that the main character is immature, well, yeah, you’re reading about a kid, there’s going to be a certain degree of immaturity there and if there isn’t, the story probably isn’t all that realistic. So warning to those readers, you should probably run for the hills rather than read about Violet.

Violet is most definitely on the young side of her twelve years, so she’s going to rub some readers the wrong way, the rest of us will simply understand that not everyone grows up at the same rate and I like seeing that reflected in books. If I’m going to read about kids who are written practically as though they’re mini adults, then I also want to read about the ones like Violet, who don’t have it all together yet, who act without entirely thinking it through, who still hold out hope for impossible things and do the kind of cringey stuff we’re all a little bit guilty of in our childhoods and beyond.

The emotion could have been amped up a little more here, this had effective moments, particularly where Violet and her sister Rose note that their dad favors his newest children, I wanted more of that sort of thing and more of the anxiety motivating Violet’s desire to find a solid match for her mom (the mom has had some seemingly depressive episodes following breakups). I also would have liked more interractions and maybe even confrontations between Violet and her parents, there were disappointments on both sides that I didn’t feel were addressed to quite the level they could have been, or at least not to the level that feelings are delved into in some of my favorite middle-grade books.

I did for the most part enjoy this, the pacing is brisk, and there’s humor throughout.
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SJGirl | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 11, 2024 |
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epricot | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 15, 2024 |
Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
Tremendous Things by Susin Nielsen is a remarkable coming-of-age novel that effortlessly weaves heartfelt storytelling with relatable characters, resulting in an unforgettable reading experience. Nielsen's masterful storytelling and exquisite attention to detail make this book a true gem in the contemporary Young Adult genre.

The story centers around the extraordinary journey of a young protagonist as they navigate the complexities of adolescence and the challenges of growing up. Nielsen's ability to capture the raw essence of these formative years is truly commendable. The characters' struggles and triumphs resonate deeply, drawing the reader into their world and making us care for them as if they were our own friends.
One of the most striking aspects of Tremendous Things is Nielsen's ability to tackle difficult subjects with sensitivity and grace. By exploring themes such as family dynamics, identity, and mental health, the author showcases a deep understanding of the inner turmoil often experienced by teenagers. Nielsen's authentic portrayal of these struggles lends authenticity to the narrative, creating a truly immersive and emotional reading experience.
The characters in this novel are beautifully crafted, each with their own unique voices and journeys. From the main protagonist's growth and self-discovery to the compelling supporting cast, every character is given depth and purpose. It is this rich and diverse range of personalities that make Tremendous Things an engaging and thought-provoking read.
Nielsen's writing style is captivating, employing a perfect balance of humor and heart that will have readers both laughing out loud and shedding a tear. The pacing is impeccable, making it difficult to put the book down as the story unravels with unexpected twists and turns.
In conclusion, Tremendous Things is a magnificent coming-of-age tale that will leave readers deeply moved and enamored. Susin Nielsen's ability to capture the essence of youth, paired with her remarkable storytelling, makes this novel an absolute must-read. Do not miss the opportunity to embark on this extraordinary journey of self-discovery, growth, and finding one's place in the world.
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bookish_heathen | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 5, 2024 |
Twelve-year-old Ambrose lives with his mom - his dad died of an aneurysm before Ambrose was born - and they've moved around a lot. When three bullies nearly kill Ambrose by hiding a peanut in his lunch, he begins correspondence school instead, which is less dangerous but more lonely. So when Ambrose sees a flyer for a Scrabble club, he convinces his upstairs neighbors' son, Cosmo, to take him - even though his overprotective mom would never allow it, since Cosmo is recently home from jail for breaking and entering to support a drug habit. But Ambrose sees the good in Cosmo, and Cosmo sees the good in Amanda, who runs the club, so Ambrose's secret stays secret, for a while. But when an ex-friend of Cosmo's comes after them, and Ambrose's mom discovers the lies, she might make them move again - until Ambrose takes desperate action, running away in order to stay.

See also: You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly


"I don't mean to expect the worst. But in my experience, the worst is what often happens." (Mom, 117)

It was the strangest yet best feeling in the world to realize that I was a part of this. (after the Scrabble tournament, 194)

"...has it ever crossed your mind that I'm a misfit? ...And that every time we go somewhere else and I have to try to start over, I fit in even less?" (219)
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JennyArch | 17 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 22, 2024 |



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