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

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

Mark Simmons, illustrator; Ann D. Koffsky, editor

This graphic novel-style autobiography 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.

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