by Alan Gratz
Reviewed by: Leah Baumgartner
At first glance the lives of a Jewish boy in 1939, a Cuban girl in 1994, and a Syrian boy in 2015 might not seem like they would have much in common. However, in this case they do because they are all refugees.
According to merriam-webster.com a refugee is: “a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution”. I would add that in the act of fleeing there is often the hope that they will find a safe new place to call home.
Gratz does a masterful job of telling the heart rending, at times frightening and discouraging, and yet often hopeful tales of what it means to be a refugee.
He sheds light on the horrors that many refugees face and on the positive impact that both large and small acts of kindness can have on their lives.
If you like historical fiction with great characters that you can root for and a story that will keep you thinking about it long after you close the book, then I highly recommend that you read Refugee.