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Roller-Coaster Grandma: The Amazing Story of Dr. Ruth

Mark Simmons
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This graphic novel for ages 8-12 depicts the ups and downs of Dr. Ruth's life from her escape from the Nazis at age 10 aboard a Kindertransport, to her training as a sniper with the Hagganah in Israel, through her immigration to the US 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.

Coming February 2018


"... This book illustrates the life of a woman who has been successful as a result of hard work, fierce determination, unparalleled resilience and a total lack of fear. The illustrator uses full color drawings to experience the amusement park and all its joys, then transitions to sepia tone graphics for the flashbacks into Dr. Ruth’s past. The art is wonderful, and the language is entertaining and captivating. A beautifully illustrated timeline of Dr. Ruth’s life concludes the book, and the final page provides questions to think about after reading the story, along with a short bio and pictures of Dr. Ruth now and then."

-- Association of Jewish Libraries