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Refugee Audiobook

Refugee

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Publisher's Summary

A tour de force from acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087), this timely and powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge.

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.

Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087, Projekt 1065) delivers an action-packed novel that tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.

©2017 Alan Gratz (P)2017 Scholastic Inc.

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    Emily - Audible NJ, United States 08-16-17
    Emily - Audible NJ, United States 08-16-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A Kids'-Eye View of Fleeing Home"

    This heart-wrencher of a tale chronicles three separate journeys of children experiencing what none should have to: fleeing a home that is no longer safe. We meet Josef, a Jewish boy leaving Germany in 1939 as he boards the ill-fated ocean liner St. Louis; Isabelle, who, along with her family, flees Cuba as a 1994 rafter; and Mahmoud, who departs Aleppo in 2015, bound for (bringing us full circle) Germany. The stories, unfolding in alternating points of view, are benchmarked at the start of each chapter with a subhead: xx days from home, demonstrating that from a kids' vantage point, home - or lack of - is the only landmark that really matters.

    The three accounts really took me into the heart of these historical moments in a way that news reports rarely do, each depicting a unique version of desperation, tragedy, and longing. But while I was on the edge-of-my-seat throughout, the ultimate conclusion is one of hope - that the sins of our collective past do in fact have the power to positively impact the choices we make in the future.

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    Heather 08-04-17
    Heather 08-04-17
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    "Well written and timely"

    Gratz knows how to tackle tough topics, and has done so in previous books. In Refugee, he intertwines three children's stories that span across decades but all speak to the incredible challenges of surviving a refugee experience. A compelling story for middle school students as an independent read, and I plan to read it aloud to my fifth grade class. It is intense and there is violence and death, so it may require conversations with any upper el reader who is interested. Overall, I think this is Gratz's best work to date, and all three narrators were skilled in their deliveries of the three main characters' stories.

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    Sara Texas 10-10-17
    Sara Texas 10-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    So good y'all. so good. so so g o o d. y' all. that good.

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    Amazon Customer 10-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Cuban Narrator"

    I really enjoyed the book overall but the Cuban Narrator kind of annoyed me a little bit with her voice Impersonation of Isabel's Grandfather. Other than that the story was good!

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    A. M. Stone Idaho 10-04-17
    A. M. Stone Idaho 10-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the most important books"

    This was eye opening and one of the most important books I have ever read.

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    Brock 09-23-17
    Brock 09-23-17 Listener Since 2010
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    "Eye opening and well told."

    This story bridges generations and links our history through multiple conflicts and nations. Must read or listen.

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    Mary Aalgaard Baxter, MN USA 09-19-17
    Mary Aalgaard Baxter, MN USA 09-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent stories"

    Alan Gratz weaves together three stories of refugees from three different eras, and yet they have so much in common. At times, it was difficult to hear about all their trials and hardships, but also feeling the need to keep listening as we pray for the survival of all who flee.

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    C. Pace Houston, TX 09-18-17
    C. Pace Houston, TX 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "AMAZING"

    For kids and adults 8 and up. This should be a must read in school. Fantastic!!!

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    Deborah Freitag 09-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Heartbreaking"
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    This story opens one's eyes to the perils of refugees across our globe. Why do people flee? What are they hoping for in a new life? Even though it was written for child audiences adults will enjoy this just as much. I would recommend this to any young reader as well as old. The story is educational as it guides you through the perils of leaving a home you once loved to find a better life, to be rejected in the new land. This story made me realize just how lucky we are to live in America.

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    ohhhtay 09-14-17
    ohhhtay 09-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Captivating Tale"

    Wonderful story of three characters woven together. Dramatic and holds real truths - summarized and identified in the afterword.
    Only thing to note, not that it may matter for an audiobook, seemed written for a secondary reading level. Still does not diminish the intriguing lives in these events.

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