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Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning children’s author and freelance writer. Her first picture book Fast Friends won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and was a finalist for the OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award, the IODE Jean Throop Award, and the Shining Willow Award. The same characters return in SUZE KNOWS THE WAY, which Scholastic has just acquired for publication in Fall 2023.

Heather has also coauthored a dual language picture book with Darcy Whitecrow, entitled Runs with the Stars, coming from Second Story Press in May 2022. Her Orca Sports novel Betting Game was published in 2015.  

When Heather isn’t working on fiction, she writes kid-friendly news articles about dinosaurs, superheroes, volcanoes and climate change for Currents4Kids and News4Youth. She loves doing school and library visits, snuggling up with a good book, and playing soccer. Heather lives in Peterborough, Ontario with her family and her dog Pippin.

We’re thrilled to announce that award-winning author Heather M. O’Connor’s SUZE KNOWS THE WAY, about the day two friends get lost at the zoo, and Suze, a nonverbal girl with special needs, is the only one who can find the rest of the class and save the day, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, has sold to Tamara Sztainbok at Scholastic Canada, for publication in fall 2023, by Devon Halliday at Transatlantic Agency (world).

Heather M. O’Connor is represented by Devon Halliday.