A Harrowing And Exciting Book About War
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. (Book Summary)
I just finished this book today and Alan Gratz has done it again! It's a long book just around three hundred and thirty pages, but I finished it in under a day. There's many great educational values inside including facts about war, refugees and what you can do to help, maps of journeys, etc. There are also great messages including never give up, it's good to help people in need, courage, compassion and love are also hidden in between the pages. I would say there is a lot of violence in this book, including shark bites, drownings, deaths, bullets, beatings, talks of concentration camps, an attempted suicide, missile strikes, deaths. Nothing is to graphic that people above ten years old can't handle. Language, drinking and smoking or sexiness is not used in this book. There are great role models like Isabel, Joseph and Mahomad who are courageous and try their hardest in the face of evil. The adults are responsible and usually are supportive. This book is amazing and just like all the other books does not gloss over the atrocities of war. It'l make you laugh at one page and cry in anguish at another so just be prepared. I would highly recommend this book, check it out at the library or order it soon!
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Positive role models