Susanna Moodie: Roughing it in the bush

Rebooting the Controversial Canadian Classic for the 21st Century

Susanna Moodie Interactive Intro

Featuring an introduction by MARGARET ATWOOD

"Susanna’s Story reads like Jane Austen meets Last of the Mohicans” – Carol Shields

An ambitious young writer abandons her dreams of fame when she meets and marries a handsome but penniless army officer and together they join the tide of British migration bound for Canada. Totally unprepared for the rigors of pioneer life, Susanna and John soon find themselves starving in a hostile wilderness. It’s only by putting down her pride and picking up her pen that Susanna finds the strength and honesty that she needs to save her struggling family.

Susanna Moodie: Roughing it in the bush - An interactive graphic novel for iPad / Android tablets and print

In an evocative synthesis of insight and imagination– contemporary literary icon, Carol Shields brings to life a moving historic epic journey in this, her final, previously-unpublished novel (co-authored with Patrick Crowe).

Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush is the culmination of a writing career punctuated by Shields’s enduring fascination with the “wicked stepmother” of Canadian literature--our own Mrs. Moodie.

This is a beautifully-illustrated story for anyone interested in Canadian history and culture, for cynics, for students, for immigrants, for fans of graphic novels and of Jane Austen, for readers of literary fiction and those who love or are discovering the multi-talented, posthumously prolific Carol Shields.

Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush is a moving story about a personal struggle for survival that will prove a redoubtable resource for students of English, History, Social Studies, ESL and Canadian culture.

Interactive Graphic Novel

An interactive book app for
iPad and Android Tablets

Susanna’s story comes to life in 16 animated chapters featuring an original cast recording and soundtrack, interactive footnotes and a collection of Keepsakes from Susanna’s life.

Interactive Features

  • Read it like a book or Watch it like a movie
  • This animated book comes to life with an original musical score and cast recording featuring Isolde O’Neill as Susanna, and R.H. Thomson as John Moodie
  • Each chapter includes an exclusive Keepsake from Susanna’s life. Collect them all and unlock the secret of Susanna’s locket.
  • Interactive Footnotes reveal the historic events and personalities behind the story as you watch it unfold.
  • Download this Book app for your iPad or Android Tablet.

Susanna Moodie - Roughing it in the Bush Print Edition…

Published by Second Story Press

Cover of Susanna Moodie - Roughing it in the Bush Graphic Novel


  • 142 full-colour pages
  • A fictionalized interpretation of Susanna Moodie’s life that illuminates Canadian history and one of Canada’s earliest female writers: “This graphic version does justice to the many facets of [Moodie's] tale. It will introduce a new generation of readers to a figure who remains both iconic and - despite all the attention lavished upon her over the past forty-five years - mysterious." - Margaret Atwood (from her introduction)

Susanna’s Life Journey

Follow in
Susanna’s footsteps.

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