Length: 352 pages
Audiobook Length: 7 hours and 37 minutes
First Published: 2017
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.
Quotes from Refugee
If no one saw them, no one could help them. And maybe the world needed to see what was really happening here.
You can live as a ghost, waiting for death to come, or you can dance.
All my life, I kept waiting for things to get better. For the bright promise of mañana. But a funny thing happened while I was waiting for the world to change, Chabele: It didn’t. Because I didn’t change it.
And that was the real truth of it, wasn’t it? Whether you were visible or invisible, it was all about how other people reacted to you. Good and bad things happened either way.
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About Alan Gratz
Alan Gratz is the author of sixteen middle-grade fiction books, including Prisoner B-3087, Projekt 1065, Allies, and Refugee. He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Visit the author’s website →