The true story behind the Tower of Life, a permanent exhibit at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

For readers 7-12

Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, a Robert F. Sibert Honor, &
the Margaret Wise Brown Prize for Children's Literature


Winner of the Russell Freedman Nonfiction Award for a Better World
and The Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature

“There are many picture books about the Holocaust, but this one stands out...”

School Library Journal, starred review 🌟

“A magnificent and moving tribute to a loving community and an extraordinary woman.”

Booklist, starred review 🌟

“An affirming tribute to a Jewish past that was lost in the Holocaust as well as one survivor's work.”

The Horn Book, starred review 🌟

“A powerful tribute….Moving.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review 🌟

“Masterfully illustrated biography.”

The New York Times Book Review

Join Captain Barrington Irving on his record-breaking flight around the world!

Illustrations by Shamar Knight-Justice

About Chana

Chana Stiefel is the award-winning author of more than 30 humorous and heartfelt books for children. She loves to visit schools and libraries to share her passion for reading and writing with children. Chana is represented by Miranda Paul at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

It's a delightful day at the Farmer's Market. Zesty lemons! Juicy peaches! Sweet corn! But Avocado has a pit in her stomach. She longs to be Today's Special.

School Visits

Chana loves to give presentations at schools, libraries, book fairs, and other venues. She would be happy to work with you to create a program that meets specific needs and interests of your audience.

An inspiring story about the unstoppable spirit of America and what we can accomplish when we all work together!

“A must-have for all libraries.”

—School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW 🌟

“A loving testament to light and hope and the vision of a remarkable woman.”

Kirkus Reviews
(The Tower of Life)

“Sparkling language movingly describes how everyday folks effected powerful change.”

Kirkus Reviews
(Let Liberty Rise)

“This colorful, humorous tale is sure to be a read-aloud hit.”

School Library Journal
(Daddy Depot)

“Fans of any fact or record book, such as the Guiness Book of World Records…will snap this one up.”

Pamela Penza, YALSA
(Animal Zombies)

“A colorful, wacky take on a pleasurably unpleasant topic.”

Daniel Kraus, Booklist
(Ye Castle Stinketh)

“Full of heart and humor – definitely a must-have for every home bookshelf and school library!”

Vivian Kirkfield, Children's book author (My Name Is Wakawakaloch!)

Additional Books by Chana