Highrise: 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 was 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

"​Highrise is an outstanding example of a nonfiction work adapted from an innovative documentary films project. In an increasingly urban world, Highrise provides glimpses into social living conditions of residents of vertical housing complexes in diverse cities. The people profiled may be first generation immigrants or descended from families with long roots in the area. All share a desire for safe, affordable living that allows human dignity. Highly Recommended." — Val Ken Lem, Canadian Review of Materials

Ages: 8 and up

Publisher: Firefly Books

Adapted by: Kristy Woudstra

Highrise Director: Katerina Cizek

Order: Amazon or Chapters

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