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Author: Alan Gratz Narrator: Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, Assaf Cohen Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2017 ISBN: 9781338191059
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Three narrators read the first-person narratives of three teens who are fleeing their homelands. Michael Goldstrom expresses the anxieties of Josef, who flees Germany in 1938…Assaf Cohen conveys the maturity, caution, and protectiveness of Mahmoud as his family escapes besieged Aleppo in 2015. Kyla Garcia depicts the devotion of Isabel, who sacrifices her beloved trumpet to buy items needed to escape Cuba for America…The narrators’ accents differentiate characters and time periods well. Their excellent renditions convey the teens’ emotions and point to commonalities of fear, courage, family love, and responsibility.”

    AudioFile

  • “The three stories converge—naturally yet magically—by book’s end.

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Some novels are engaging and some novels are important. Refugee is both.”

    Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An incredibly important, heartrending, edge-of-the-seat read, bringing light to the plight of immigrants who search for safety and freedom.”

    Pam Munoz Ryan, Newbery Honor author

  • “With urgent, clear-eyed storytelling, Gratz’s Refugee compellingly explores the desperation and strength that unites those struggling for a place to call home.”

    Eliot Schrefer, author of Rescued

  • “Full of struggle, heroism, and non-stop adventure, Refugee is not only an important book, it’s a terrific story.”

    Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of The War That Saved My Life

  • “Powerful and compelling. Refugee is a story about what unites us all.”

    Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of Moving Target

  • A 2017 School Library Journal Best Book in Audio
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Middle-Grade Fiction Narration

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About the Author

Alan Gratz is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers, including Prisoner B-3087, which was named to YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick; Projekt 1065; and The Brooklyn Nine, which was among Booklist‘s Top Ten Sports Books.

About the Narrators

Michael Goldstrom is a Juilliard-trained actor and comedian. He has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, A&E, NBC, and ABC, as well as on and off Broadway. His audiobook narrations have earned several Earphones Awards.

Kyla Garcia is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, she discovered acting at the age of eight when she played Lady Macbeth in a children’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. She made her off-Broadway debut at fifteen when she played Dorothy in Oz: A Twisted Musical. Eleven years after she discovered her passion for acting, she would go on to play Lady Macbeth once again in London at the Globe Theatre, where she studied Shakespeare during her third year at Mason Gross School of the Arts. She received her BFA in acting from Rutgers University.

Assaf Cohen is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has appeared in various plays, short films, and television shows. He grew up in Palo Alto and attended UC Berkeley where he earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology. He continued his classical training by earning a master of fine arts in acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University under the instruction of legendary acting instructor William Esper.