Saturday, September 16, 2017
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Outstanding middle grade/middle school fiction but a wonderful read for teens and adults as well. Three different kids, three different times, different parts of the world but connected all the same. All risk their lives as they become refugees. Told in alternating narratives, Jewish Josef, flees the Nazi Germany on the ship, St. Louis, going to Cuba in 1938, only to be turned back. Isabel and her family escape Castro's Cuba in 1994 in a cobbled together non-seaworthy raft with neighbors. In 2015 Mahmoud and his family leave Aleppo and it seems they may never find safety, with one setback following another. This powerful book will not leave any reader unchanged.