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Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush is a graphic novel and app based on the the true life experiences of British pioneer writer Susanna Moodie as interpreted by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Carol Shields. This interactive book comes to life through animation, a full cast recording and musical soundtrack, interactive footnotes, collectible keepsakes, and an introduction by Margaret Atwood.


“Susanna's Story reads like Jqawane Austen meets Last of the Mohicans” -- Carol Shields


A Romantic writer in Regency era London, Susanna Moodie’s life is turned upside down when she and her husband embark for the backwoods of Canada in 1832. Utterly unprepared for the grueling hardships of pioneer life, the Moodies soon find themselves starving in a hostile wilderness. In order to survive, Susanna cranks out autobiographical accounts of her family’s misfortunes leading to the publication of “Roughing It in the Bush”, her bitter expose of the horrific living conditions in the backwoods. Written as a warning to others, Susanna's book revealed the human cost in lives ruined by the lies of greedy land merchants, transforming its author into a controversial figure praised in Britain and the United States but condemned by many s a traitor in Canada.


Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush is a beautifully-realized story for anyone interested in Canadian history and culture: for cynics, for students, for immigrants, for fans of graphic novels and of Jane Austen, and for readers just discovering the contrarian Mrs. Moodie and the delightful, insightful Carol Shields.

Teacher's Guide available from the website with activities and lesson plans based around the Ontario curriculum for students in Grades 6 to 8 (ages 11-14 years).



+ Full colour animated graphics
+ Complete cast recording
+ Original cinematic music score
+ Dozens of interactive footnotes introduce historic events and personalities while the story unfolds
+ Collect a keepsake from every chapter to unlock Susanna’s secret
+ Up to 3 hours of reading and activities
+ Optimized for iPads with Retina displays


Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush is also available as a full-colour graphic novel published by Second Story Press. Graphic novel adaptation by Willow Dawson with illustrations by Selena Goulding.


If you enjoy the app, please RATE US and SHARE YOUR REVIEW below! And if you feel like you can’t give us a 5 star rating, reach out to us at susannamoodieapp@gmail.com and let us know how we can improve.


Visit http://www.usannamoodie.com to map Susanna’s journey from England, across the Atlantic to Upper Canada
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For any technical issues, don't hesitate to email us at contact@xenophilemedia.com

Recommended Ages: 11+
Categories: Books, Education

What’s New

Version 2.8.8

bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Saucypants ,

Magical interactive graphic novel

I had no problem downloading this magical interactive graphic novel. It's a big file, so you need at least 4Gb of storage. It's totally worth the price. A really entertaining format for learning about Canadian pioneer history. Beautiful artwork. Great and compelling story. We need more apps like this!

laaria ,

Will not load!

Paid 11.99$. Will not load.


Xenophile Media Inc.
3.3 GB

Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
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