Refugee

Refugee

eBook - 2017
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Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545880879
0545880874
Branch Call Number: EBOOK J OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (338 pages) : maps

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KCLS_Gerry Nov 06, 2017

I loved this book about 3 families in different periods of time and different countries who all had to leave their homes and their countries for different reasons.
One family leaves Nazi Germany in 1939.
One family leaves Cuba in 1994 trying to get to the United States.
One family leaves Syria in 2015.
These family's stories are based on real events in history and in the back the author gives us the information about the historical events.
It's a novel for teens but I hope many adults also read this novel to get a better understanding of history and current events.

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jeffreyochsner
Oct 21, 2017

Refugee tells the stories of three children (young teens) whose families are fleeing persecution and seeking safety and a better life. Josef and his family are fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Isabel and her family are fleeing Castro's Cuba in 1994. Mahmoud and his family are fleeing Syria in 2015.

Each youngster and his or her family experience terrible things in their home country, and their journeys are terrifying at times. This book is fiction, though the Author's Note explains how their stories are fictionalized accounts of events that really happened.

This book will give you an idea of what refugees experience on a personal level. I think that is really important, as there are so many refugees in the world today, and it is too easy to think of them as numbers, not people. Every one of them is a real person just like us, though much less fortunate. What they endure is horrifying; not only what they are fleeing, but what happens to them as they seek a new life in a totally different place.

It takes a tremendous amount of courage to leave everything familiar to try to forge a new life in a foreign culture. Would any of us be able to do it, if that became necessary?

As this is a Young Adult book, it is suitable for younger readers as well. There is no bad language or sex, though some scary things happen to people.

This is not the most fun book to read, but I found it compelling. I had to find out what happened to these young people and their families. There is an interesting overlap among the three stories.

This book will help any reader have a better understanding and more empathy with refugees and their plight. Given the state of the world today, that alone is a good enough reason to read this book (and to share it with young readers).

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laphampeak
Sep 07, 2017

By taking us on the journey of three refugees and their families the author so comprehensively defines their experience whether it's Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, Cubans leaving during Fidel Castro's reign, or more recently Syrians leaving their war torn home in Aleppo.
It was written so clearly and with emotion that at times I was crying along. So well written and truly moving.

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