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Emily Seo

Emily Seo (aka Emily Satoko Seo) is a native of Vancouver who now lives in Richmond, BC. Seo earned a PhD in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and worked as an associate editor of two scientific journals. In her debut novel for young readers, The Science of Boys, she brings her passion for science together with that for storytelling.

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

Our World: Japan

Words by Emily Satoko Seo.
Art by Aunyarat Watanabe.
Barefoot Books, 2022.
Forthcoming fall 2022

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Float through the cherry blossoms, snack at the market and watch the stars twinkle following a day in Japan. With text and artwork developed especially for babies, author Emily Satoko Seo and illustrator Aunyarat Watanabe draw on personal experience of life in Japan to create this appealing board book for young readers.

Fiction (Juvenile / Middle grade)

The Science of Boys

Illustrated by Gracey Zhang.
Vancouver: Tradewind Books, 2022.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Science nerd Emma Sakamoto wants to reinvent herself. So when a popular girl at school seeks Emma’s help in getting a boy to like her, Emma starts writing The Science of Boys.Can gravity pull a boy into a girl’s orbit? Emma applies scientific laws and theories to a perplexing subject—boys. But do people really conform to scientific principles? The results are unpredictable in this heartwarming story about the struggles of fitting in and the complexities of friendship.

Awards and Honours

2024 Chocolate Lily Book Award, Novel Category (Finalist)


Emily Seo personal website

Publisher Barefoot Books

Publisher Tradewind Books

Author Profile by Heather Camlot in Quill & Quire website, posted 11 May 2022