Refugee

By: Alan Gratz

This powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge: Josef a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany, Isabel a Cuban girl in 1994, and Mahmoud a Syrian boy in 2015. Maps. Author’s note.

ISBN: 9780545880831

JLG Release: Nov 2017


Sensitive Areas: Guns, Racial taunts, Discrimination, Violence, Harsh realities of war, Description of a shark attack
Topics: Refugees , Emigration and immigration , Survival , Historical fiction , Military and wars , Social issues , Nazi Germany , Havana, Cuba , Aleppo, Syria

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Awards & Honors

2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner, Older Readers
YALSA 2018 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Selection
YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Summer 2017 Kids’ Indies Next List, Ages 9 to 12
Publishers Weekly’s; Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, Ages 9–12
The New York TimesNotable Children’s Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Fiction for Older Readers
CSMCL Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2017
Brightly Best Children’s Books of 2017, According to Kids
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*

Horn Book

Gratz’s stirring novel humanizes the plight of refugees worldwide. Told in alternating chapters, the book follows fictional child refugees from three different eras whose stories ultimately, and surprisingly, converge. In 1939 Josef and his family, who are Jewish, hope to escape Nazi Germany on the notorious MS St. Louis bound for Cuba Gratz’s stirring novel humanizes the plight of refugees worldwide. Told in alternating chapters, the book follows fictional child refugees from three different eras whose stories ultimately, and surprisingly, converge. In 1939 Josef and his family, who are Jewish, hope to escape Nazi Germany on the notorious MS St. Louis bound for Cuba. Fifty-plus years later, Isabel’s family and their neighbors sail a homemade boat toward Miami away from riots and starvation in Havana. And in 2015 Mahmoud and his family flee war-torn Aleppo by foot, car, and raft to build a new life in Germany. Gratz doesn’t downplay the trials that refugees endure, as discrimination, betrayal, death, and the elements themselves bar the way. The narrative keeps readers on edge throughout these perilous, wrenching journeys but allows for suitably poetic turns during quieter moments of reflection: “This trip, this odyssey, was pulling his family apart, stripping them away like leaves from the trees in the fall.” An appended author’s note details the true circumstances that inspired Gratz’s story and includes organizations that help refugees today, reinforcing the novel’s timely reminder of humanity’s common ground and the need for kindness and charitable actions toward displaced persons. russell perry

Book Details

ISBN

9780545880831

First Release

November 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 17;

Lexile

Level 800L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Scholastic

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Guns, Racial taunts, Discrimination, Violence, Harsh realities of war, Description of a shark attack

Topics

Refugees, Emigration and immigration, Survival, Historical fiction, Military and wars, Social issues, Nazi Germany, Havana, Cuba, Aleppo, Syria,

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