“If no one saw them, no one could help them. And maybe the world needed to see what was really happening here.”- Alan Gratz (Mahmoud-Refugee).
Refugee by Alan Gratz briefly describes 3 different world-historical events that ever happened in the modern period with 3 different settings. The characters are three kids: Josef, a Jewish boy in Berlin 1938, Isabel in Cuba 1994, Mahmoud in Syria 2015. Yet there’s an invisible bridge linking them together in one random moment. The first reason I love this book is that it triggered me into believing destiny, something miraculous, and rarely occurring events. From the perspective of middle schoolers, Alan Gratz emphasizes their desperation, making every effort they could in order to survive. Their sorrow as they have to make significant decisions with the bitterness of mistreatment and fear of every wrong step’s able to get them executed.
I read this when I was in 7th grade, and it totally changed my mind about my assumption “There are no educational books in the world that are interesting.”Before reading Refugee, educational books rarely could get me going on and on. Refugee also encourage the younger generation to develop empathy among others, including refugees. This is a very interesting book because of plot twists when moments of connection appear, every character with their deep feeling brings heart and mind touch feeling to readers. Keep in mind that although this is a fiction book, take the information here as awareness and education since the setting is based on historical events. The worst part of my experience reading this book is, of course, taking a lot of notes even if I don’t want to stop because according to my teacher, ‘Every word the author included here’s for a reason”. In addition, I don't really have a soft spot for some plots to be over-dramatic. Overall, there’s no censored language here, easy to understand since it’s for teens with clear information.