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Refugee, Alan Gratz

Label
Refugee
Title
Refugee
Statement of responsibility
Alan Gratz
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award (Ohio), Grades 6-8, 2018
  • California Young Reader Medal, Middle School, 2020.
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (North Dakota) for Juvenile Fiction, 2019.
  • Golden Archer Awards (Wisconsin): Middle/Jr. High, 2020.
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona), Tween Book Category, 2020.
  • Isinglass Teen Read Award (New Hampshire), 2020.
  • Maine Student Book Award, 2019.
  • National Jewish Book Award, 2017.
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award, Junior Books category, 2019.
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Grades 6-8, 2019.
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award (Illinois), 2019.
  • Sequoyah Book Awards (Oklahoma), Intermediate Books, 2019.
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award for Older Readers, 2018.
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2018.
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2018.
  • Young Hoosier Book Award, Middle Books, 2020.
  • Young Reader's Choice Award (Pacific Northwest), Junior, 2020.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ In this hard-hitting novel, Gratz (Projekt 1065) skillfully intertwines the stories of three protagonists seeking asylum with their respective families. Twelve-year-old Josef is fleeing Nazi Germany on a ship headed for Cuba in 1939; in 1994, 11-year-old Isabel leaves Cuba for the United States aboard a boat; and 12-year-old Mahmoud leaves Syria in 2015 after a bomb destroys his family’s apartment building. Though set in different political landscapes, the harrowing narratives share a sense of urgency, danger, and sacrifice, and the brief chapters keep each story fresh in readers’ minds. Each character confronts exceptional challenges: Josef must behave as the adult when his father returns shattered from a concentration camp, and Mahmoud realizes that the invisibility he cultivated in Aleppo is less of an asset in Greece (“They only see us when we do something they don’t want us to do”). Filled with both tragic loss and ample evidence of resilience, these memorable and tightly plotted stories contextualize and give voice to current refugee crises, underscoring that these journeys are born out of a desperate need for security and safety. Ages 9–12. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. (July) --Staff (Reviewed 05/22/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 21, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In the midst of political turmoil, how do you escape the only country that you've ever known and navigate a new life? Parallel stories of three different middle school-aged refugees—Josef from Nazi Germany in 1938, Isabel from 1994 Cuba, and Mahmoud from 2015 Aleppo—eventually intertwine for maximum impact. Three countries, three time periods, three brave protagonists. Yet these three refugee odysseys have so much in common. Each traverses a landscape ruled by a dictator and must balance freedom, family, and responsibility. Each initially leaves by boat, struggles between visibility and invisibility, copes with repeated obstacles and heart-wrenching loss, and gains resilience in the process. Each third-person narrative offers an accessible look at migration under duress, in which the behavior of familiar adults changes unpredictably, strangers exploit the vulnerabilities of transients, and circumstances seem driven by random luck. Mahmoud eventually concludes that visibility is best: "See us….Hear us. Help us." With this book, Gratz accomplishes a feat that is nothing short of brilliant, offering a skillfully wrought narrative laced with global and intergenerational reverberations that signal hope for the future. Excellent for older middle grade and above in classrooms, book groups, and/or communities looking to increase empathy for new and existing arrivals from afar. Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense. (maps, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2017)
Awards note
  • Bluebonnet Nominee, 2018.
  • Lone Star Book, 2018.
  • Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee, 2019
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10573810
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gratz, Alan
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
800L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
  • PZ7.G77224
  • PS3607.R378
LC item number
  • Re 2017
  • R44 2017
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
  • 5.3.
  • 5.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jewish refugees
  • Refugees
  • Refugees
  • Refugees
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Survival
  • Jewish refugees
  • Refugees
  • Refugees
  • Refugees
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Survival
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Jewish refugees
  • Refugees
  • Survival
  • Cuba
  • Syria
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Refugees
  • Survival
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Refugee, Alan Gratz
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
338 pages
Isbn
9780545880831
Lccn
2017017544
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Donated in memory of Katherine Elizabeth Perkerson 2018.
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)973803253
Label
Refugee, Alan Gratz
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
338 pages
Isbn
9780545880831
Lccn
2017017544
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Donated in memory of Katherine Elizabeth Perkerson 2018.
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)973803253

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