• Suri Rosen

    Middle Grade and Young Adult Author

My Best Friend & Other Illusions

(Scholastic Canada, September 2019)

Sometimes thirteen-year-old Charlie Dickson feels like Superman.

Like when she does her aerial tumbles, her cartwheels, or her backflips.

Charlie is a budding acrobat who is desperate join the renowned traveling circus, Circo Circo. But her mom can’t afford the gymnastics camp she needs to attend in order to qualify. Her younger brother Miles decides to raise the funds through online gambling, but that just gets child protective services on his tail. Charlie must earn the money by performing at parties in her small town in upstate New York. All she needs is the perfect partner.

The solution comes from Miles’s crush and confidante Pooja, a call center employee in Bangalore, who helps find Charlie a gymnast on Craigslist. Henry answers the call. He’s the perfect gymnastics partner: athletic, funny, and enthusiastic. There’s just one small thing though…

Henry is Charlie’s childhood imaginary friend – come to life.

And the problem with imaginary friends is that they know things about you. Henry’s familiarity with the Dickson family secrets soon causes a trail of chaos and mayhem that not only jeopardizes her acrobatic dreams but threatens to tear her family apart.

MY BEST FRIEND AND OTHER ILLUSIONS is as heart-warming story about memory, forgiveness, and second chances.

Playing with Matches


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.

“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.

Order it now from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

The Author

Suri Rosen,  Middle Grade and Young Adult Author


Suri Rosen dabbles in many arts, but excels in daydreaming. She’s a freelance writer who 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, serves on her library board, 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)


suri at surirosen.com

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I’m available for school visits, library visits, Skype visits, and book talks. I’m represented by Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary Agency.