Review of Refugee by Alan Gratz

Refugee is a book comprised of the stories of three refugee children.  The stories of each child are based on real people.   

Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. When his father is released from Dachau on the condition that he and his family leave the country within 14 days, they board the SS St Louis bound for Cuba.  

Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. When her father is threatened by the police during an anti-Castro riot, her family and their neighbors set off on a perilous journey to Miami on a homemade boat.  

Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. When their apartment is destroyed in a bombing and his little brother is suffering from PTSD, their family sets off on a dangerous journey to seek asylum in Germany.  

The book is immersive, though at times disturbing given the subject matter.  An important historical read for children ages 10 and up.    

Finnegan - I give this book 8 stars because I didn't like the way Josef's story ended. What I did like was how all their stories come together at the end.  I don't know why Mahmoud's family didn't just stay in Greece. They wouldn't have had to go all the way to Germany and might have had a better life or maybe found Hana.  But I do like how Mahmoud just walked out of the detention center in Hungary without anyone stopping him. I also liked how Isabel's grandpa Lito was the police officer on the SS St. Louis. I thought that was cool.  I think kids should read this book to learn how dangerous it is to be a refugee.

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