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.
(via Jewish Book Council)