Refugee (Hardcover)

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Refugee by Alan Gratz is about three characters whose countries are at war. These three characters have to leave and find a new place to live. While they are on their adventures, big upsets and hard decisions are made. You would love this book if you like war and mixed-emotion books. You will love Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys or Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, you'll love Refugee.

— Kelly, 5th grader at St. Mary's of Littleton in Littleton, CO

Refugee by Alan Gratz is one of the best books that I have ever read! It is about three kids that have to leave the only home that they have ever known. They all go on long journeys, lose many loved ones, and make many, many hard decisions that could save or risk their lives. People will love this book because it is full of emotion and you can understand what is happening even though the chapters switch between characters. If you like this book, you would like Between Shades of Gray or Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys. It is by far one of my favorite books and I recommend it to any teen or high level reader who likes books that are sad and intense.

— Ava, 5th grader at St. Mary's of Littleton in Littleton, CO

Refugee by Alan Gratz was one of the most interesting books I have read lately. Taking place in three different time periods as well as three different geographical locations, the story is narrated by rotating between three young kids. Gratz did a great job giving each child a unique voice - never confusing his reader - as well as keeping the story moving forward. I loved how the stories all converge at the end  - I could not imagine how he was going to make it happen. I can't keep this book on our shelves. The students at my school LOVE this book!

— Kelly S., School Librarian at St. Mary's of Littleton in Littleton, CO

I loved Refugee by Alan Gratz. It had adventures and suspense. The book is about refugees getting to safer countries. It shows how important teamwork is and that other lives out in the world can be hard. I loved how half of all the characters meet at the end and explain a lot. If you loved Wild Robot by Peter Brown this book, I think you'll like this book. It shows how lovely family can be and it has some suspense.

— Eric, St. Mary's of Littleton

Refugee is an amazing book about three young kids all going on amazing adventures. They all learned something about their family and the wars that are going on around the world in their century. I loved Refugee because of the adventure and what people have to do when they are caught in war. I personally love WWII books. This book is an awesome book about WWII, the bombing in Syria and Cuba. If I had to rate it, I would give it an 11 out of 10. If you like Between Shades of Gray or Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, I recommend Refugee.

— Ella., St. Mary's of Littleton


A New York Times bestseller!

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.

About the Author

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including Grenade; Refugee; Projekt 1065, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016; Prisoner B-3087, a Junior Library Guild selection that was named to YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; and Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at

Praise For…

Praise for Refugee:

* "Gratz accomplishes a feat that is nothing short of brilliant, offering a skillfully wrought narrative laced with global and intergenerational reverberations that signal hope for the future. . . . Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense."
-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "[A] hard-hitting novel. . . . Filled with both tragic loss and ample evidence of resilience, these memorable and tightly plotted stories contextualize and give voice to current refugee crises, underscoring that these journeys are born out of a desperate need for security and safety." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Gratz, who is known for well-written and well-researched historical fiction, doesn't disappoint. His latest is timely and moving. . . . This compelling novel will help young people make sense of today's refugee crisis. Meant to be read, discussed, and shared widely." -- School Library Journal

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545880831
ISBN-10: 0545880831
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English