• Suri Rosen

    Young Adult and Middle Grade Author


Playing with Matches, an award-winning novel, is a coming of age story for young adults, not so young adults, and for the young at heart.

“Fizzy, funny, and ultimately redemptive.” — Kirkus Reviews

Playing with Matches is compulsively readable. It is absolute fun, and Rain is the best kind of narrator – funny, engaging, well-meaning and usually a little out of control. I could not put the book down.” — CM

“This charming story of growing up and owning up, will ring true with readers” — School Library Journal.


Playing with Matches is published by ECW Press, and is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.

The Book


Playing with Matches

When 16-year-old Rain Resnick is expelled from her Manhattan high school, she’s sent to live under the watchful eye of her strict Aunt Mira. But Rain feels like she’s persona non grata no matter where she goes. Her sister, Leah, blames her for her broken engagement, and she’s a social pariah at her new school.

An encounter with a friendly woman on a city bus sets off a chain of events that thrust Rain into the role of secret matchmaker. As the anonymous “MatchMaven,” Raina sets up hopeless singles in her tight-knit community desperate to find the One. A cross between Jane Austen’s Emma, Dear Abby, and Yenta the matchmaker, Rain’s double life soon starts unravelling. Can she find the perfect match for her sister and repair their relationship, or will her secret life explode and damage it forever?

Playing with Matches is a comic and heartwarming story of one girl trying to find happiness for others, and redemption for herself.

Order it now from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

The Author

Suri Rosen, Young Adult and Middle Grade Author


Suri Rosen dabbles in many arts, but excels in daydreaming. She has worked as a professional artist, art teacher, filmmaker, journalist, and mini-documentary producer for a local television station. Random facts: Suri rides a moped, built an Appalachian dulcimer, and is known to re-finish vintage furniture on occasion. Playing with Matches is her first novel. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her family and six imaginary dogs—Great Danes all.

The Buzz

Winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Youth literature

2014 Ontario Library Association Best Bet Honourable Mention YA Category

2015 Toronto Public Library Top Ten Teen Summer Read (Link)

Barnes and Noble Teen Blog Top 11 Books We’re Thankful for (Link)

Words of Mystery Top 2014 YA Picks (Link)

My Full Bookshelf Top 14 Book of 2014 (Link)

Interviews and interview-ish stuff:

Toronto Public Library (Link)

Podcast interview with the Book of Life (Link)

Dear Teen Me: a letter to my teenage self (Link)

The Whole Megillah (Link)



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I’m available for school visits, library visits, Skype visits, and book talks. Contact me directly.