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

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on July 25, 2017 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545880831
ISBN-13: 9780545880831
45 Book Reviews
  • bsc
    bscabout 1 month55 stars
    Imagine your home invaded by people who won't think once about your life and living. Imagine your home being torn apart by destruction and unwanted violence. Imagine your country being full of riots and violence. These are the lives of Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud. All from different time periods and different situations; they have one thing in common. They are fleeing their homes to find a better place. They are refugees. This book winds history, story, and the true realisation of life into one big masterpiece. Happy reading!
    • peachdove
      peachdoveabout 1 month55 stars
      This book was the best, it talks about 3 children who are going through almost the same thing, to run away to a different place. They are all connected in some way. I would definitely recommend this book if you like historical fiction.
      • julieisatiger22
        julieisatiger22about 2 months55 stars
        I love this book! It was facts and real instances, but doesn't seem like it. The book has many different characters in different times, but all have something in common. They have to escape.
        • weworofy-160798470925
          weworofy-1607984709256 months55 stars
          There are 3 different story in one book. The 3 characters are going through the same things as each other .
        • hermionereader
          hermionereader8 months55 stars
          This book was amazing! It's so hard to find books that capture your attention the moment you begin reading, but this book surely did!
          • gaigebar2021
            gaigebar202110 months55 stars
            Combined over 6.4 million people died in the Holocaust, Syrian War, And the Crisis in Cuba and thousands of Refugees fleeing to other countries trying to get their freedom according to the New York Times. Alan Gratz showed the ways people were treated and felt in all of these huge situations in history in this book combining 3 fictional characters and showing their journeys just how it happened in real life. All the characters in this story were fleeing their country Germany, Cuba, and Syria and they left for good reasons, saving themselves from extreme danger. Josef, Muhammed, and Isabel were all children when really bad stuff happened in their country making them flee to countries letting them in. Many people tried to hurt them and people like them in their era Fidel Castro, Cuban Police, Adolf Hitler, Nazis,Aleppo so many people just tried to hurt them and make them scared. Just a explanation on how bad it was Muhammads apartment got exploded, Someone's father got beat up by police it was terrible. Refugee was really cool. It had real events with fictional characters and people who like history with a little bit of fiction that were about 12 and up would love this book.
            • gocasihe-160798470756
              gocasihe-16079847075612 months55 stars
              This book was amazing! I loved how each chapter would stop on an exciting part so you were anxious to read more! I also loved how everyone's point of view and time in the story later tied together!
              • pokiloho-160798470756
                pokiloho-16079847075612 months44 stars
                Its about people who want to be free and able to walk without running aways from people that want to bring the back to Cube.
                • vonyfeso-160798470878
                  vonyfeso-16079847087812 months44 stars
                  It was good, but i've read better books
                  • evasch1920
                    evasch1920over 1 year55 stars
                    I love how Alan Gratz includes everything that had happened to these kids from Nazi Germany to sharks. I think he did an amazing job!