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by Alan Gratz


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    • Grades: 5 - 9
    • Ages: 11 - 14
    Sydney Taylor Award
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
Short Summary
Three eras, three dangerous journeys—these interwoven stories of teens fleeing violence and chaos span oceans, continents, and nine decades of modern history.

Good For:
Suspense-Filled Historical Fiction, Characters from Diverse Backgrounds, Strong Contemporary Urgency and Relevance

Topics and Themes:
Nazi Germany, Holocaust, Concentration Camps, Ocean Liners, Cuba, America, Boat People, Dangerous Sea Travel, Syrian Civil War, Violence and Social Unrest, Courage, Survival, Quest for Home
Some mature content.

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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, and all will face unimaginable dangers, from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope for tomorrow. Although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections tie their stories together in the end.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 5 - 9
    • Ages: 11 - 14
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-32472-3