Susan has also collaborated on the below books:
Through My Eyes
At the age of four Molly Burke was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare and irreversible disease that steadily destroyed her eye sight. Today, a fierce advocate for anti- bullying, Molly shares her story of how she overcame the loss of her vision and the onslaught of ridicule and depression that once drowned her.
As her world darkened around her, Molly’s friends began to fall away. In an environment of insecurity and judgment Molly became an easy target for bullies. Alone, with no way to share or escape her pain, Molly descended into depression, self-harm and thoughts of suicide.
With the resilient support of her family, Molly finally found her voice and the courage to use it. Through My Eyes is written in a collection of diary entries. Molly intimately accounts how she overcame the challenges in her life to find hope in her passion for helping others.
Through My Eyes offers a passionate and uniquely current perspective on issues young people face each day. Her message that any challenge in life can be overcome resonates powerfully.
Spencer West is many things. An accomplished speaker, university graduate, natural prankster, former cheerleader and a young man without legs something that has never held him back.
Navigating through life on his hands, Spencer shares his personal story about living life by embracing being different and never letting that slow him down. In a world where society seems to dictate happiness and can limit the possibilities for those with special needs, Spencer wanted more out of life. He wanted to be accomplished, but that didn¹t mean just a paycheck and material possessions. He wanted to have an impact, but wasn¹t always sure how.
In 2008, Spencer traveled to Kenya on an international volunteer trip where he helped build a school in a rural community in the Maasai Mara. He credits this experience with helping him recognize his true calling to motivate and inspire people around the world.
Infused with humor and humility, Spencer¹s thought provoking message in Standing Tall encourages people to find opportunity in every challenge. Standing Tall is perfect for anyone looking to make a difference in themselves and the world. It highlights the pains of bullying, isolation, failure, pride and how to persevere.
The Last Maasai Warriors
How two young Maasai tribesmen became warriors, scholars, and leaders in their community and to the world.
They are a living testament to a vanishing way of life on the African savannah. Wilson and Jackson are brave warriors of the Maasai, an intensely proud culture built on countless generations steeped in the mystique of tradition, legend and prophecy. They represent the final generation to literally fight for their way of life, coming of age by proving their bravery in the slaying of a lion. They are the last of the great warriors.
Yet, as the first generation to fully embrace the modern ways and teachings of Western civilization, the two warriors have adapted—at times seamlessly, at times with unimaginable difficulty—in order to help their people.
At this watershed moment in their history, the warriors carry the weight of their forefathers while embracing contemporary culture and technology. While their struggle to achieve this balance unfolds, their discoveries resonate well beyond the Maasai Mara.
The Tale of Two Nazanins
The remarkable story of two women named Nazanin-one a Canadian at the height of her career, the other a teenager on death row in Iran-and how one email changed their lives forever
Nazanin Afshin-Jam was on top of the world. In 2006, she had just signed her first record deal and, after placing as first runner-up for Miss World, was a sought-after fashion model and an icon within the Iranian dissident community. But one afternoon, she received an email that would change the course of her life. The subject of that email-a Kurdish girl named Nazanin Fatehi-was facing execution in Iran, as punishment for stabbing a man who had tried to rape her. Afshin-Jam quickly came to Fatehi's defence, striding into the world of international diplomacy and confronting the dark side of the country of her birth, with its honour killings, violence against women and state-sanctioned execution of children. While Fatehi languished in prison, experiencing conditions so deplorable she attempted to end her own life, Afshin-Jam worked desperately on the campaign to save her. The Tale of Two Nazanins weaves together the lives of two women-one leading a life of opportunity, the other living in abject poverty-and a fight for justice that, if only for a moment, brought the Iranian regime to its knees. An inspiring story of the bonds of sisterhood, this extraordinary book speaks to the power of every individual to foster positive change in the world.