Refugee by Alan Gratz
Reviewed by: Jay Van Den Berg, patron.
Rating: 5 Stars!
"This is a book about the experiences of three fictional children, Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud, and their escape from their respective countries at different times in history. They were immigrants seeking refuge. From the very first paragraph, this is a riveting story of their desperate escape from persecution, poverty, and war. It is a well-written and fast-paced book, with a surprise conclusion that ties all three individual storylines together. It will open your eyes to the conditions and trials that these children faced, and that many children still face in the world today. It speaks to “man’s inhumanity to man”. You hope with them, you feel their pain when they fail and their joy when they succeed. This is a gripping book, a must read. I hope that it will open the eyes of every reader so they will see the strife that exists in the world today and have compassion and motivation to change their attitudes and prejudices. That there still are people seeking refuge today is one of man’s greatest failures. Read this book and take a step to change the world"
For ages 10-13
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