Kid View: Refugee by Alan Gratz

Refugee by Alan Gratz front cover

Kid View: Refugee by Alan Gratz

Refugee Book Cover Refugee
Alan Gratz
Fiction, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Scholastic Press
July 25, 2017

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.


You can live as a ghost, waiting for death to come, or you can dance. _Alan Gratz, Refugee




Refugee is an amazing middle grades/young adult book that blew me away. I had been wanting to read it for a long time and then it was chosen for my school book club so I got a copy. OH MY GOSH! It is one of the best books I read all year! I love the way everything tied together in the end and it showed what friendship and family truly means. It really gave me a clear view into other people’s lives and how even now this stuff is still going on around us even if we don’t realize it at first. I really appreciate this book and I am so glad I found the time to read it.


Refugee by Alan Gratz page 18 Josef 1 day from home


I would say Refugee is best for ages 11 and up and I think that even if you’re an adult you would still very much enjoy it. The book is about three kids who are living in a time where their home country is not safe for some reason or another. They are forced to flee on dangerous paths because they believe that there are better places and times ahead. It is a very moving story and I can guarantee you will not forget it.


Refugee by Alan Gratz without book jacket spine and front cover


Other books you might know by Alan Gratz are Prisoner B-3087 and Ban This Book, but don’t worry there are more!


Also, if you want to look at other books I enjoyed as much as this one, check out my Xav’s Favs list! 🙂


Me with the book, Refugee by Alan Gratz



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Hi my name is Xavier, my mom and I started this site when I was ten (I’m thirteen now). I began working on this site because I love to read so much and I always give my friends ideas for books they should read. Click here to see a list of my favorites books. Most of my days are spent at school, on the bus, or doing homework. When I find a little down time I like to draw, listen to music, sing, play ukulele or bass guitar.

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