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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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It’s one thing to read news stories and historical accounts about the plights of refugees throughout time; it's another to be brought into their hearts and minds through fiction. Alan Gratz’s book skips between the stories of young migrants escaping from, among other places, Nazi Germany and today’s Syria. His protagonists are lively narrators who bear witness to their community’s hardships and the larger political landscape in an age-appropriate way. Refugee is a great book for kids with an interest in history and social justice.
The trenchant audio edition of Gratz's middle grade novel employs the voices of three actor to tell the interwoven stories of three young refugees. Actor Goldstrom convincingly portrays 12-year-old Josef, who escapes persecution and murder in Germany in 1938. Listeners can hear the loss of innocence in Josef's voice as he goes from anticipating becoming a bar mitzvah to becoming the head of the family after his father is murdered. Voice artist Garcia skillfully narrates the plight of 11-year-old Isabel and the Fernandez family during their harrowing 90-mile escape from Cuba to Miami on a boat in 1994. Actor Cohen dramatizes the horror of the ongoing Syrian crises in reading the story 12-year-old Mahmoud and his family, who are fleeing from the current, devastating civil war in Syria. His portrayal of Mahmoud's optimistic father gives some relief to the grim circumstances that befall the family on their way to sanctuary in Germany. This well done performance is a timely work that will undoubtedly help young listeners think critically about the circumstances of children beyond their own comfortable borders. Ages 9 12. A Scholastic hardcover.
Such a good book!
I love this book even tho i’m a fourth grader the book is still so good the author is my favorite and i’ve wanted to read this book for a long time and finally my mom bought it!
It’s my favorite book lol 😄🤣🤣👀🎶👀🎶
I’m in the sevenths grade and I love this book. It can get confusing at times when you’re not paying attention to who the chapter is talking about but once you get used to it after three or four chapters it’s one of the best books you’ll ever read. At times it can be very sad and at times it can be very heartwarming. To the people who have the privilege to read this book we were fortunate that we are not in different harsh time and situations like these three children.