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
A #1 New York Times bestseller!
Gratz accomplishes a feat that is nothing short of brilliant…Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense.
—Kirkus - STARRED REVIEW
Filled with both tragic loss and ample evidence of resilience, these memorable and tightly plotted stories contextualize and give voice to current refugee crises…
—Publisher's Weekly - STARRED REVIEW
Exceptional readers Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, and Assaf Cohen tackle Gratz’s compelling novel
—Booklist Audio - STARRED REVIEW
The audio version provides an ideal (even mandatory) opportunity for libraries to share these resonating tales with readers reluctant to pick up the page.
—School Library Journal Audiobooks - STARRED REVIEW
A stunning, poignant novel about the plight of refugees… Grade A.
This compelling novel will help young people make sense of today’s refugee crisis. Meant to be read, discussed, and shared widely.
—School Library Journal
Some novels are engaging and some novels are important. Refugee is both.
—Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray
A gripping, visceral, and hold-your-breath intense story of three young refugees.
This dude does his history homework and then hides it in a total page-turner. This is the beets in a brownie of kid lit.
An intelligent, human, harrowing read.
—Ellen Silva, NPR
Gratz’s stirring novel humanizes the plight of refugees worldwide.
Fast paced, insightful, filled with drama and tension.
A heartrending and important tale for our time…
—The Buffalo News
Young readers will finish this book and ask: What should we do?
—Shelf Awareness Pro
A haunting fictional treatment of historic events.
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
Refugee looks readers straight in the eye, challenging them to truly see these kids who are battling the worst moments of our recent history.
—Margaret Neville, The King's English Bookstore
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