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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.

Scholastic | July 25, 2017 | Ages 8 and Up


Some novels are engaging and some novels are important. Refugee is both.

—Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray

Impossible odds and families in peril make for vivid and unrelenting suspense in these stories of flight and daring. This heart-stopping novel is not only compelling— it is necessary.

—Judy Blundell, National Book Award winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied

With urgent, clear-eyed storytelling, Gratz’s Refugee compellingly explores the desperation and strength that unites those struggling for a place to call home.

—Eliot Schrefer, two-time National Book Award finalist

An incredibly important, heartrending, edge-of-the-seat read, bringing light to the plight of immigrants who search for safety and freedom.

—Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of Echo and Esperanza Rising

Full of struggle, heroism, and non-stop adventure, Refugee is not only an important book, it’s a terrific story.

—Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Newbery Honor winning author of The War That Saved My Life

Powerful and compelling. Refugee is more than a story about children fleeing their homelands, it is a story about what unites us all… love, family and perseverance.

—Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of The Red Umbrella and A Thunderous Whisper