Refugee by Alan Gratz is about three heartbreaking true stories that happened throughout history and how people overcame these horrible situations. Every word that Alan wrote made me feel exactly what the characters were feeling, if it was the joy and excitement of a party or the empty sadness of losing someone you love. Alan Gratz has made many other books on other tragic events throughout history and not only are they good reads, but they are also educational on the history of our world from things like world wars to civil wars and everything in between. I give this book 5 stars and would definitely recommend it to someone that is interested in history and also into novels that showcase very courageous souls. @Gasenic of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I think Refugee is a great book. It educated me and I became more aware about what is going on in my world, in other countries, and how we all affect each other. The author does an amazing job cycling through Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud, nobody outshines the other. All of their stories have different types of nail-biting twists and turns. In my opinion, the book was the perfect amount of realistic. This book isn't a biography, it doesn't follow a real person's life, but it does a fantastic job making the characters and storyline seem real. Every character had likes, dislikes, inner struggles, and a realistic personality. The story stayed true to the real world, not everything was sunshine and rainbows. There were definitely some dark moments in this story. This book is very historically accurate and well written. I don't usually reach for history based books, but I'm really glad I read Refugee. I would give this book ⅘ stars. ☆☆☆☆
@Yumeko of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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