The Towers in the World and the World in Towers
Adapted from the Emmy-winning, interactive NFB documentary of the same name, Highrise is an in-depth exploration of the world's towers and the people who live inside them. It is nominated for a 2020 Forest of Reading Award.
Highrise first examines the history of vertical living, including the technological triumphs and social failures. The book then invites young readers into 10 homes around the world to learn about what life is like in these diverse places.
In addition to being windows on different cultures and experiences, the stories cover important and, at times, challenging issues that residents must face.
"Highrise is an exceptional guided tour of skyreaching residential structures around the globe, adapted from the National Film Board of Canada's cutting-edge web documentary of the same name... The innovative interactive storytelling that distinguishes the online documentary translates well to print... The book's inviting, carefully constructed design opens the door to an in-depth study of urban geography."
— Linda Ludke, Quill and Quire
Ages: 8 and up
Publisher: Firefly Books
Adapted by: Kristy Woudstra
Highrise Director: Katerina Cizek