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

Written by Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Pierre Lehu
Illustrated by Mark Simmons
Ages 8-12, 64pp, 6 ½ x 9 ¼
978-1-68115-532-6, $11.95

A graphic novel of resilience, grit and strength. 

Many know Dr. Ruth Westheimer as the pioneering radio and television therapist whose humor and warmth entertained and educated thousands of listeners. But how did Dr. Ruth come to be Dr. Ruth? 

It's quite a journey! It starts with an eleven year old Karola Ruth Seigel escaping the Nazis aboard a Kindertransport. After the war, she travels from Europe to Israel, joins the Hagganah and becomes a sniper. She immigrates to America, and lives the American dream, starting as a maid, and becoming a college professor, and eventually a television star. Dr. Ruth's story is the stuff legends are made of!

Roller Coaster Grandma depicts all those ups and downs of Ruth's remarkable life, and illustrates how her values, strength, and wisdom helped her navigate the challenges and come out standing tall—even at her teeny, 4 feet, 7 inches.