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Three different kids.

One mission in common: ESCAPE.

Josef is a Jewish boy 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 and freedom 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 young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.


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Comments on: "Refugee – Alan Gratz" (5)

  1. Tiahnee said:

    this book is amazing I absolutely love this book it is inspirational and tells the story of 3 amazing and inspiring children who are in 3 different countries through 3 different wars at 3 different times but somehow they all intervene into each other and all link in. the first of the three children that we meet is Josef a Jewish boy in ww2 trying to escape nazi Germany in the 1930s his story is terrifying and horrible as his father was taken to a camp then was let out with one condition that he leaves Germany immediately it is horrible what happens on this boat and what he and his family have to go through. the second child is Isabel from Cuba in the Cuban civil war who is going by boat to America with her heavily pregnant mother in 1994.
    and finally Mohamed a Syrian boy in 2015 escaping to Europe.


  2. This is a gripping, emotional, and overdramatic book that is good but I never want to read ever again. It’s overdramatic and its tension never releases creating a dull lifeless atmosphere where everything is going so wrong that the reader becomes numb. Look the engine died. WOW, NOW WE ARE BEING CHASED BY SHARKS. Oh yeah, the Nazi’s invaded then they died the end. Seriously there are so many superfluous chapters where the build could have been used to their advantage. Seriously, there is only 1 chapter of levity with Josef’s story. Going to France, OOPS there is Nazis. (This all was conveyed with 2 damn paragraphs). Muhhamed’s story became bland and uninteresting and most of the political subtlety is gone. I feel that this story relies too heavily on shock value. Each chapter does NOT flow well as a coherent story. I’m half expecting it to cut when Isabel steps on a thumbtacks or floor.
    Great Book, Horrible Experience.


  3. Alana said:

    I would definitely recommend this book. There are three different stories that the author, Alan Gratz, is constantly switching between. All of the children in these stories are living through a different, nail biting adventure on which they must go through to save their own and their families lives. One story is about a Jewish boy in WWII, one story is about a young girl trying to escape Cuba in the 90’s and one story is about a young boy in war-torn Syria in present day. The stories are very, very real and knowing that really does make the book ten times more emotional. I absolutely loved getting to know the characters’ personalities and going through their journey with them. The book grabs you by the hand and sucks you in. I would say the only bad thing about this book is that you can’t put it down.


  4. Annika said:

    I highly recommend ‘Refugee’ by Alan Gratz, this book took me on an emotional rollercoaster
    one second i was laughing the next crying! this book takes you on adventure to cuba, America, and Germany. My favourite story was probably Isabel’s she lives in Cube with her pregnat mum, Dad, best friend, and her best friends family. one day they have a chance to escape so they use that chance then the text thing they know, they are in the middle of the ocean! I give this book a 10/10 it was very good and i enjoyed it!


  5. I highly recommend the book ‘Refugee’ by Alan Gratz, it took me on an amazing emotional adventure, it takes place in three different countries and different decades. My personal favourite was probably Muhammed’s story, Muhammed is a young boy that lives in Syria in 2011, his country is currently war-torn and he is trying to escape with his family to Cuba, he meets new people and goes through new experiences. This book took me on an emotional roller-coaster. I really enjoyed this book!! I recommend this book to anyone open to learning about different cultures or refugees and what they have to go through. I give this book an 9.85/10 because I very much so enjoyed it.


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