Abrams/Amulet United States, Canada and the United Kingdon; Seedbook Co. Ltd, Korea; Nakladatelství JOTA, Czech; Tokuma Shoten, Japan; GRUPO LEYA, EDIÇOES ASA II, Lisboa, Portugal

Film Option: Insight Productions, Dec. 2019

Every Falling Star

Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who is forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly re-creates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his “brothers”; to be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution. This riveting memoir allows young readers to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist.

2019, Ontario Library Association, Red Maple Award Nominee

2018 Sakura Medal, nominee

2016 An Indies Introduce Selection of the American Booksellers Association. 

2016 Parent’s Choice Award winner

2016 Freeman Award, Young Adult Literature

2016 Cyblis Award Winner

ANNICK PRESS, NORTH AMERICA (2008), BLOOMSBURY, UNITED KINGDOM (2009), ALLEN & UNWIN, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND (2009), DE KERN/DE FONTEYN, HOLLAND (2009), LA COURTE ECHELON,FRENCH NORTH AMERICA (2009), DROEMER KNAUR, GERMANY (2009), SPERLING & KUPFER/MONDADORI, ITALY (2009), INTERMON OXFAM FOR SPANISH WORLD (2009), EDITORA PLANETA, BRAZIL (2009), THEBOOKINMYLIFE FOR KOREA (2010), MEHTA PUBLISHING COMPANY, INDIA (2010), ZALOZBA ALICA, SLOVENIA (2010), TAMIL EDITION BY VIKATAN MEDIA (2010), MARATHI EDITION BY MEHTA (2010), AUDIO BY BRILLIANCE AUDIO AND AUDIBLE.COM FOR USA, CANADA, MEXICO, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA. (2011), CHOUBUNSHA PUBLISHING, JAPAN (2014)

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...

“… honest, raw and powerful …”
—School Library Journal, *starred review, 11/08

“... this book will unsettle readers—and then inspire them ...”—Publishers Weekly, *starred review, 11/17/08

“… a story told with equal measures of compassion and detachment that allows the reader to be both shocked and locked in. It’s good, really good. Highly recommended.”
—CM Magazine, 11/08

“... absolutely compelling, not to mention gut-wrenching …” 
—Quill & Quire, 12/08

“... never less than rivetting and is notable for its emontional honesty.”
—Globe & Mail, 02/09

“… a powerful commentary on one of the many costs of wars. An essential purchase …”
—Kirkus, *starred review, Bite of the Mango

 

 

“This superb biography is a devastating account of survival amidst the dark and famine-stricken towns and cities along the Chinese–North Korean border.” - American Booksellers Association     

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

Susan's Work

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