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10 concentration camps.

10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.

It's something no one could imagine surviving.

But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.

He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.

Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will -- and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?


Based on an astonishing true story.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on March 1, 2013 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 054545901X
ISBN-13: 9780545459013
32 Book Reviews
  • lauren15
    lauren1510 days55 stars
    This book was absolutely amazing. The hook was so fascinating and the fact that it had so much useful information in there was amazing. I would say the part two of this book would be Out of Hiding. This is an absolutely amazing book and I would definitely recommend this book to people who are in 6-8th grade.
    • fumunola-160250579176
      fumunola-1602505791766 months55 stars
      Do you ever wonder what life would be if you were a Jew? In prisoner b-3087 you get to see the war from the perspective of a 13 year old. This book includes Yanek and he tries to survive all the unfortunate events in his life if I were him I would be very unhappy overall if you like action books I recommend you read this book.
      • willow123goma
        willow123gomaover 1 year
        I was amazed that the character in this book suffered through so much hatred and terror but was determined to survive. I hope that our world will never go through anything like this again. I loved this book. It really touched my heart.
        • russellolchawa
          russellolchawaover 1 year55 stars
          As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. I made a connection to this book by having a hard time in life. I gave this book 5 stars because how amazing it was its hook was good and I kept wanting to read it.
          • emersondoughnut
            emersondoughnutalmost 2 years55 stars
            This book is really good book and tells what could of happened back then. This made me so upset that this had actually happened. This book I thought i wouldn't read ever, but now historical fiction is my thing. I would recommend to read this if you like to know what happens in history or what could happen.
            • megnog
              megnogalmost 2 years55 stars
              This is a historical fiction book and is, by far, amazing. It truly reeled me in and had me attached to its story and I liked the wording. I was astonished to find out that the story of Yanek Gruener was true and it also made me quite upset to know that something so terrible actually happened to someone that was innocent. I think it is amazing how Yanek still had hope amid the horror and made it out alive. Prisoner B-3087 is a book I never thought I would like for I usually don’t read in the historical fiction genre but this is one of very few books that were said genre and it is , by far, my favorite.
              • cmansell
                cmansellalmost 2 years44 stars
                I like this book. I'm in sixth grade and I think this book only for mature people.
                • Anonymous about 2 years
                  This book is full of emotion you can almost feel what the charecter is going through. You fell like your there you understand everything as almost it is in front of you. I couldnt put the book down till I was finsished it was a superb read loved it!!
                  • Austinover 2 years
                    this book was a book was the first book that I wanted to keep reading and pick it back up again. It really puts the Holocaust into perspective for me. When o read this book I feel bad because I am sitting in a cozy bed with food and a family, and now knowing that all of these poor people didn't have any of that.
                    • dwightschrute
                      dwightschrutealmost 3 years55 stars
                      This book is amazing it puts the holocaust into perspective and gives you a new appreciation for everything you have by seeing what happens to Jack when it is stripped away. This is not only a book that I think you should read, but one that you need to read.