On Thursday, 11th October, we were thrilled to receive a visit from ‘award winning’ Canadian Children’s Author Susin Nielsen.

With the recent release of her fourth novel , ‘No Fixed Address’, Susin is a hugely popular author among young readers (particularly at Sandringham) and her new book reinforces her standing as a master of balancing tough issues with perfect humour.

In the seven years since publishing her first novel Susin Nielsen has gained a reputation for tackling gritty topics with an unflinching eye tempered by warm humour. Her most recent novel “Optimists Die First” was short-listed for the Children’s Book Award earlier this year.

Susin, addressed a ‘full House’ of student in the Sandpit Theatre, telling them about her books and how her life experiences growing up helped shape her novels. She also read the first chapter of “No Fixed Address” which provoked many questions and much interest in this book. The session ended with questions and then the author signed books for those students who wished to meet her and purchase one.

Speaking after the talk  Year 8 Student Amelia Stoker aged 12 said , ‘Hearing her actually read the book inspired me to buy one and read it, I can’t wait to get started”.
Librarian Jean Kirby added “We were thrilled that Susin found the time to visit us as she was only in the UK for 4 days, the students were excited to meet her and hear first-hand about her inspirations behind her books”.