Annick Press, 2008, Bloomsbury 2009,

Annick Press, 2008, Bloomsbury 2009,

Bite of the Mango

The astounding story of one girl’s journey from war victim to UNICEF Special Representative.

As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumors of rebel attacks were no more than a distant worry. See more...

Douglas & McIntyre (Canada), 2014; Droemer Knaur (Germany), 2015; WW Norton & Company (United States), 2015

Douglas & McIntyre (Canada), 2014; Droemer Knaur (Germany), 2015; WW Norton & Company (United States), 2015

Stars Between the Sun and Moon

A striking memoir of hope in the face of persecution, Stars between the Sun and Moon provides a unique perspective on the brutality of the North Korean regime and the desperation it breeds.

This is the first true account of the country by a North Korean woman, one who suffers human trafficking, imprisonment and forced labour before escaping to Canada. See more...

Stars Between the Sun and Moon is a book that will withstand the tests of time.
— Rachel Manley, Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction
Stars Between the Sun and Moon…. is set to be the next Life and Death in Shanghai.
— Bonnie Munday, former editor at Reader's Digest and Best Health

Susan is a resourceful and knowledgeable journalist who knows the business and does her work with utmost professionalism.

— Kerry Gruson and Ana Rhodes,
The New York Times.

Susan is one of Canada's best journalists and authors, whose passionate, independent voice speaks to all those interested in bridging cultural divides and seeing the world as a true global village.

— Documentary film-maker,
Shelley Saywell


Recognition for Bite of the Mango

Bloomsbury, 2009

Bloomsbury, 2009

2014  The Bite of the Mango, YALSA’s list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.

2011  Red Maple Award, winner, Ontario Library Association 

2009  Selected as one of The White Ravens outstanding new international books of the year, Munich, Germany

2009  Silver Award Winner, Nautilus Book Awards

2009  Short-listed for the American Library Association non-fiction, young adult book of the year

Two time Amnesty International Media Award recipient for excellence in reporting on Human Rights issues.