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  1. The Graphic Designer Behind Dr. Ruth's New Graphic Novel: Q & A with Illustrator Mark Simmons

    The Graphic Designer Behind Dr. Ruth's New Graphic Novel: Q & A with Illustrator Mark Simmons

    Roller Coaster Grandma: The Amazing Story of Dr. Ruth, a new book from Apples & Honey Press, uses the graphic novel format to tell the dramatic true story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer's grit, resilience, and strength for ages 8-12. Roller Coaster Grandma recounts her escape from the Nazis at age 10 aboard a Kindertransport, to training as a sniper with the Hagganah in Israel, through her immigration to the U.S. where she started as a maid, became a college professor, and eventually a television star. Using a trip to an amusement park with her grandchildren as its framework, the story subtly demonstrates lessons that readers can apply to their own lives.

    The book was co-written by Dr. Ruth's long-time collaborator Pierre Lehu, and illustrated by graphic artist Mark Simmons. 

    Mark Simmons describes the process of illustrating Dr. Ruth's life story.

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  2. Dr. Ruth, Author of Roller Coaster Grandma, to Headline Jewish Comic Con

    Dr. Ruth, Author of Roller Coaster Grandma, to Headline Jewish Comic Con
    Dr. Ruth Westheimer, author of the new graphic novel Roller Coaster Grandma: The Amazing Story of Dr. Ruth, will be the featured guest at the 2018 Jewish Comic ConSunday, April 29 in Brooklyn.
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  3. Stories of Hope and Redemption as an Introduction to Yom HaShoah

    Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is coming up on April 11. Introduce the sensitive subject to readers young and old with these children’s and middle-grade titles.
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  4. Dr. Ruth, Author of Our New Book, to Appear on GMA

    Dr. Ruth, Author of Our New Book, to Appear on GMA

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer, author of the forthcoming Roller Coaster Grandma, will appear on Good Morning America this Friday to promote the book.

    Coming February 1 from Apples & Honey Press, Roller-Coaster Grandma: The Amazing Story of Dr. Ruth depicts the ups and downs of Dr. Ruth's life. Set in a graphic novel format for ages 8-12, it recounts her escape from the Nazis at age 10 aboard a Kindertransport, to training as a sniper with the Hagganah in Israel, through her immigration to the U.S. where she started as a maid, became a college professor, and eventually a television star. Using a trip to an amusement park with her grandchildren as its framework, the story subtly demonstrates lessons of grit, resilience, and strength that readers can apply to their own lives.

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  5. How Dr. Ruth Westheimer's Life of Reinvention is Retold in a Graphic Novel Called Roller-Coaster Grandma

    “Embrace change—use your imagination to reinvent yourself.”

    This was the message Dr. Ruth Westheimer delivered at the 2017 conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She described her life of reinvention, beginning with her escape from Nazi-occupied Germany on a Kindertransport to a children’s home in Switzerland, and continuing with sniper training with the Haganah (“I could put five bullets in the center of the target, and take apart a gun and put it back together again in the dark with my eyes closed!).

    Her reinvention continued after she was severely wounded and worked for six months to relearn how to walk. She moved to France, studied at the Sorbonne, immigrated to the U.S., continued h

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