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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: 9780545880831
Branch Call Number: Gratz, A
Characteristics: 338 pages : maps ; 22 cm


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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 16, 2019

This is a great "windows" book for middle graders to read about refugee experiences. Exciting enough to keep them engaged...and very clear about how hard it is to be a refugee.

Aug 25, 2019

Awesome book!!!! Love this author.

Jun 11, 2019

Loved this book, really engaging and hard to put down, did get a bit confusing when switching between the three main characters.

Feb 07, 2019

I almost didn't select this book, thinking that it was a 'young' person's book. Thank heavens I went ahead and rented it. I am a senior and found this story to be utterly amazing. The three alternating histories are poignant and compelling - some of which are based on historical fact. In our troubled world, the will to overcome tremendous adversity by these protagonists and their families can shame those of us who prefer to ignore their suffering - seeking to find a secure and meaningful life. Tragically, wars and persecutions among cultures based on ignorance and a lack of understanding, continue relentlessly to haunt the human race. A MUST-READ.

Jan 20, 2019

I absolutely love this book! Once you start reading, you can’t put it down. I love how it all ties together in the end and leaves you wanting to know more. Highly recommend it.

Nov 29, 2018

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship 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 bombs, he and his family begin a long trip toward Europe . . .

All three kids and there families will go on journeys with the hope of "tomorrow". Although, the three kids are separated by time and locations around the world, all of their stories will tie together in the end.

This is a great book because they cover and the back summary are very interesting. A lot of cliff hangers. Best read for kids 10-15 years of age.

This book is adventurous and funny at the same time. There is also a lot of details. i would give this book a 5/5. This author writes alternating chapters to make the book more interesting a make people want to read more of the book.

Nov 24, 2018

this book is amazing. i read it for the first time in a book club last year and then i read all the other books by this guy and they where all amazing. i recommend this to anyone!

Nov 17, 2018

me and my class read this and it was so good and my teacher teared

JCLEmmaF Sep 17, 2018

Necessary heartbreaker. A must read.

Jul 15, 2018

A must read for children and adults alike. Charting the stories of 3 child refugees across the last 50 years, this story reminds us all that no matter how old we are, what god/s we worship, or where we live, any of us could end up as a refugee because of the actions of those around us.

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