A story of three kids, each from a different time period and a different country, but each one on a journey with their families seeking refuge. Josef is escaping 1930s Germany, Isabel is leaving 1994 Cuba, and Mahmoud is fleeing 2015 Syria. Each story is historically accurate, fascinating, and heart-breaking. As you turn the pages, you will find yourself crying for these kids and their tragic losses but also rooting for them and their incredible resilience. Your eyes will open to the emotional, tumultuous path that many families take in trying to find safety and security. An engaging and important read for both kids and adults. -- Holly (RBB Staff)— From Refugee
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.
This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.
About the Author
Alan Gratz is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers, including Refugee; Projekt 1065, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016; Prisoner B-3087, a Junior Library Guild selection that was named to YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick; and The Brooklyn Nine, which was among Booklist's Top Ten Historical Books. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at alangratz.com.