Refugee By Gratz, Alan Book - 2017 | First edition

A story of 3 young people in 3 different time periods who are all fleeing their home countries and become refugees. There is the story of a Syrian family trying to get to Germany in the current time. There is a story of a Cuban family fleeing to the United States in the 1970s. And a Jewish family in the 1940’s from Germany, trying to get anywhere safe.
I liked how the stories were likely true to life, but not too harsh or too sad. I liked how the people experienced real life challenges during their escapes. I liked how the refugees explained why they felt they had to flee their home countries. And I really liked how the stories were connected to each other. While this book is enjoyable because of its gentle exploration of refugee experiences it does border on the side of oversimplification of their experiences. Overall, I liked this book and would give it a rating of 4/5. I found I was anxious to continue hearing the stories and the about the main characters adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, true life stories, real adventures and anyone who likes to find out more information on current news stories. - 4/5 stars. SAPL Read it & Review Contributor

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