Nothing Could Stop Her

The Courageous Life of Ruth Gruber

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Ruth Gruber didn’t want to live an ordinary life, and she wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. Born to a Jewish American family in 1911, she grew up to become a renowned journalist and activist. Her career spanned seven decades and led her to places that other reporters wouldn’t or couldn’t go, from Nazi Germany to the remote Arctic regions of the Soviet Union. At a time when women were expected to stay at home and raise families, Ruth told the stories of people in need and fought for their rights to live in safety and freedom.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Biography, Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2023-05-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007120, JNF007110, JNF007080
Dewey 070.4332092
Dimensions 7 x 9
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, and Reviewed

Author: Rona Arato

Rona Arato is a former teacher and an award-winning author of more than 20 children’s books. Many of her books deal with human rights, tackling anti-Semitism and the effects it has on the Jewish community. She is a frequent presenter at schools and community organizations.

Illustrator: Isabel Muñoz

Isabel Muñoz is an artist and a children's book illustrator. She is a Fine Arts graduate from Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain. Isabel works from a tiny colorful studio in the north of Spain.


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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Nothing will stop readers from turning pages in this engrossing biography. . .Reading cleanly, the short, engaging chapters move swiftly, capturing history’s humanity in a personal, enriching way.”—Children’s Literature

Shelf Awareness

“This enthusiastic biography charmingly depicts the commitment and tenacity of this intrepid explorer-journalist.” —Shelf Awareness

Kirkus Reviews

“A moving account of an unstoppable woman.”―Kirkus Reviews

Foreword Reviews

“Breaks down difficult topics including antisemitism, genocide, and war in an easy-to-understand, matter-of-fact way. Nothing Could Stop Her is an inspirational biography, revealing the remarkable life of unstoppable Ruth Gruber.”―Foreword Reviews


“An insightful profile of a courageous woman who lived through some of the most turbulent periods of the twentieth century…This is an apt tribute to an inspiring Jewish role model.”―Booklist

Jewish Book Council

“Gru­ber is a lit­tle-known hero­ine whose sto­ry needs to be told. This book, dis­tin­guished by its engag­ing pace and illu­mi­nat­ing art, ensures that she will not be forgotten.”―Jewish Book Council