Refugee by Alan GratzRefugee by Alan Gratz


byAlan Gratz

Hardcover | July 25, 2017

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JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.
Alan Gratz is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers, including Prisoner B-3087, which was named to YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick; Projekt 1065; and The Brooklyn Nine, which was among Booklist's Top Ten Sports Books. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife an...
Title:RefugeeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.54 × 5.82 × 1.09 inShipping dimensions:8.54 × 5.82 × 1.09 inPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545880831

ISBN - 13:9780545880831

Appropriate for ages: 9


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever In my school we read this book and it was heartbreaking and it had so much drama and it was beautiful . I loved it how the author connected three children from three different parts of the world in creative and sad ways. definitely recommend it. I’ll teach you how to appreciate life definitely. best book ever
Date published: 2019-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well connected, well written This book is well written for upper elementary/junior high students. The stories are woven together unexpectedly and is just beautiful and sad and just so amazingly well done. Its heartbreaking and makes you want to create a better future where we do not have these huge refugee crisis.
Date published: 2019-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story The book connects three childrens' perspectives harmoniously. This book will really make you feel different emotions. I'm so glad I picked up this book.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. I loved reading all three kids stories. I Learned a lot more about How these people suffered while trying to escape. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart-wrenching An inspirational and emotional roller coaster of a read. An eye-opening look into the struggles and challenges endured by refugees - especially the children.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Eye Opening This book intertwined the stories of three children leaving their homeland and the trials and tribulations they faced. It was very eye opening and very realistic. Sometimes we know that these things are happening around us but we don't realize just how awful they are. This would be a great book to read to a class. The three children were leaving Syria, Cuba and Germany. A wonderful story.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking If you, even remotely, want to have an opinion or stance on refugees or immigrants than you should be required to read this book. It's absolutely infuriating and heartbreaking and...makes me want to just hit the restart button on the entire human race. Why do we keep doing the same shit over and over and over again?! This is a beautiful book with three lives from different time periods and placed intertwined. All come from the perspective of kids trying to escape horrible circumstances and being met with absolutely garbage human beings thinking they have the right to abuse/judge/block people from surviving. Have tissues and a punching bag nearby
Date published: 2017-12-24

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Pak! A pistol rang out again over the waves, and the crowd on the beach cried out in panic. The pistol fired again -- pak! -- and -- ping! -- the hull of the Castillos' boat rang as the bullet hit it.The police were shooting at them! But why? Didn't Castro say it was all right to leave?Isabel's eyes fell on Luis and his girlfriend, and she understood. They had been drafted into the police, and they weren't allowed to leave. They were deserters, and deserters were shot.The motor coughed to life, and the boat lurched into a wave, spraying Isabel with seawater. The villagers on the beach cheered for them, and Sr. Castillo revved the engine, leaving the charging policemen in their wake.Isabel braced herself between two of the benches, trying to catch her breath. It took her a moment to process it, but this was really happening. They were leaving Cuba, her village, her home -- everything she'd ever known -- behind.Isabel's father pitched across the roiling boat and grabbed Sr. Castillo by the shirt. "What are you playing at, letting them on board?" he demanded. "What if they follow us? What if they send a navy boat after us? You've put us all in danger!"Sr. Castillo batted Geraldo Fernandez's arms away. "We didn't ask you to come along!""It's our gasoline!" Isabel's father yelled.They kept arguing, but the engine and the slap of the boat against the waves drowned their words out for Isabel. She wasn't paying any attention anyway. All she could think about was the ninety miles they still had to go, and the water pouring in from the gunshot hole in the side of the boat.