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Refugee Hardcover – July 25, 2017
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"Some novels are engaging and some novels are important. Refugee is both." -- #1 New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys
"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
"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 the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book Echo
"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, New York Times bestselling author and two-time National Book Award finalist of Rescued and Endangered
"Full of struggle, heroism, and non-stop adventure, Refugee is not only an important book, it's a terrific story." -- Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book The War That Saved My Life
"Powerful and compelling. Refugee is a story about what unites us all." -- Christina Diaz Gonzalez, award-winning author of Moving Target
Praise for Projekt 1065:
* "While the book is replete with fascinating historical insight, Gratz has also crafted a suspenseful mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. With short, action-packed chapters, it is a great choice for reluctant readers as well... A winning combination of action, suspense, and historical setting." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "A rare insider's glimpse into the Hitler Youth: animated, well-researched, and thought-provoking." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[A] high-action spy thriller." -- Booklist
Praise for Prisoner B-3087:
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Golden Sower Award, 2014-2015 Winner Nebraska
Isinglass Teen Read Award, 2014-2015 Winner New Hampshire
Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2014-2015 Winner Pennsylvania
Junior Book Award, 2015-2016 Winner South Carolina
Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2015-2016 Winner Arizona
Truman Readers Award, 2015-2016 Winner Missouri
Readers Choice Awards, Winner 2015-2016 Virginia
Volunteer State Book Award Winner, 2015-2016 Tennessee
"A powerful story, well told." -- School Library Journal
"A bone-chilling tale not to be ignored." -- Kirkus Reviews
"[A] remarkable survival story." -- Booklist
"Gratz ably conveys . . . fatalism, yearning, and determination in the face of the unimaginable." -- Publishers Weekly
"Heartbreaking, gripping, raw, and emotional . . . storytelling at its finest." -- VOYA
Praise for Code of Honor:
"Readers will be swept up by both the intrigue and the rapid pacing... Kamran is a smart and sympathetic narrator, and readers will be happy to spend time with him in this action-packed thriller." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Exciting, at times ripped from the headlines, and scary, this cinematic work has layers of intrigue and danger in each scene... will appeal to a variety of readers and will raise questions about patriotism, loyalty, and trust... A winner." -- School Library Journal
"Vivid characters and timely topics, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, contribute to making Code of Honor a first-rate novel." -- VOYA
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This is is a true story of 3 children, ages 13 to 15 yrs. old, and there innocent families fighting to try and come to America during the time in there country with a war going on. The only way to survive is Not going to a prison, staying hidden, and praying you have food and shelter, and
Praying there is a country that will let you in.
Very appropriate for what is going on in the world today trying to survive when your home does not exists any more from bombs, and people hating you because of your religion,color of your skin or what country you are from.
These families have Never hurt anyone.
We all want a better life for there children, a better education, and to give back to our country that saved them.
This book shows there day to day living trying to escape, going from one country to another.
I was born in the USA, as my parents where, but my Grandparents on both sides came here from a different country.
It was not really talked about why they came here, and the tragedies they had to go through.
All I can say is, read this book and get to know these people, and you will understand how fortunate we all are.
We all had to come from somewhere first to get to a free country, and there families had to be tough just to get to the Usa and struggle
To survive, and not know the language.
For me, I had given it some thought , but not as much till I read this book can I really appreciate what my Grandparents gave to me , and all My family by coming to the USA.
If I could give this book a 10 stars i would.
Thank You Alan Gratz for letting the world know the Truth.
All three stories are harrowing, poignant and educational, but also emotional and interesting to read. The tales are moving and in no way feel like homework, even though they're clearly designed to illustrate just what a refugee is -- what they go through to get here, and why they're willing to sacrifice everything to survive.
My 10-year-old said it made his "heart hurt" and asked how we could help kids like this. The modern tale is especially important, as we tend to think of such horrible things befalling children as from another era, not something that happens "today," but especially given the current political climate in America this book is a much needed treatise on human nature, kindness and our will to survive and care for those less fortunate than us.
I cried reading it as well. Well done and important.
Although I read this for enjoyment (and loved it), as an educator I can see so many ways middle school teachers could use this book in their classrooms. I am hoping this becomes a must read for students at a way of looking at how history repeats itself, how we can learn from past events, how our community can help refugees, and giving an awareness of the political environment in different places that lead people to leave their homes.
This is one of the best middle grade/YA novels I've read this year.