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Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy livng 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
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm


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Can you imagine packing a suitcase and leaving your home behind forever? Where would you go? When would you feel safe? These are among the questions Josef from 1938 Nazi Germany, Isabel from 1994 Cuba, and Mahmoud from 2015 Aleppo ask themselves as the political situation in their home countries ... Read More »

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Feb 07, 2019

I almost didn't select this book, thinking that it was a 'young' person's book. Thank heavens I didn't. 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.

Jul 02, 2018

Really good book but confusing sometimes when switching

Jun 28, 2018

this book is un intense book showing three great stories of families trying to find safe places to live. this novel is a great introduction to history and all that has happened showed families striving to find a better home without war.

JCLChrisK Apr 27, 2018

Constant suspense and action characterize the three parallel stories in this book of survival struggles. We follow the tales of a Jewish refugee from Germany in 1939, a Cuban refugee in 1994, and a Syrian refugee in 2015, each fleeing with their family because they have no choice, desperately hoping to find some nation that might let them create a new home. The stories are engrossing and powerful, especially when layered together.

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