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Alan M. Gratz

Author of Refugee

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Includes the names: Alan Gratz, Alan Kratz, alan gratz

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Works by Alan M. Gratz

Refugee (2017) 2,200 copies
Prisoner B-3087 (2013) 1,351 copies
Ban This Book (2017) 841 copies
Projekt 1065 (2016) 725 copies
Ground Zero (2021) 644 copies
Grenade (2018) 620 copies
Allies (2019) 548 copies
The Brooklyn Nine (2009) 449 copies
Code of Honor (2015) 434 copies
Samurai Shortstop (2006) 280 copies
Two Degrees (2022) 268 copies
Resist: A Story of D-Day (2019) 189 copies
The League of Seven (2014) 174 copies
Something Rotten (2007) 172 copies
Something Wicked (2008) 93 copies

Associated Works

Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contributor — 279 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Gratz, Alan M.
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Places of residence
Penland, North Carolina, USA
University of Tennessee (BA - Creative Writing, MS - English Education)
young adult writer
Authors Guild
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Awards and honors
Best Books for Young Adults (Top Ten, 2007)
Barry Goldblatt
Short biography
Alan Michael Gratz (born January 27, 1972) is the author of 16 novels for young adults including Prisoner B-3087, Code of Honor and Refugee.

Gratz was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and a Master's degree in English Education, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Gratz lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

I'm the author of a number of books for young readers, including Refugee,Ban This Book, Prisoner B-3087, Code of Honor, Projekt 1065, the League of Seven series, and The Brooklyn Nine. I live in the mountains of western North Carolina with my family, where I enjoy reading, playing games, and eating pizza.



This story gives three stories of three different refugees in their respective eras. All of them come from different countries and have ha different experiences, however they all struggled as refugees and really gives a first person perspective on what a refugee can go through.
BayleeG | 77 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |
I started this with my kids because my son is doing a novel study on it in school. Then I went ahead and finished it on my own because it’s riveting and I didn’t want to wait. It goes between two stories, one of a boy who’s in the North Tower on 9/11, and the other of a girl in Afghanistan in 2019. It is so expertly woven, and having the two different perspectives and timelines (with distinct parallels) adds so much to the depth of the big picture. I hadn’t talked much with my kids about 9/11 before, but this has been an impactful and helpful tool for discussing it together.… (more)
jnoshields | 19 other reviews | Apr 24, 2024 |
The book focuses on the story of how 9/11 affects two different children; Brandon, an American who goes to work at the World Trade Center with his dad on 9/11, and Rashmina, an Afghan girl who longs for peace and progress in her country, and who comes across an injured American soldier in her village. Both children are forced to take a very hard look at the world around them; Brandon needs to do everything he can to survive once the plane hits the WTC building that he and his dad are in, and Rashmina needs to decide whether helping the injured American soldier is a good idea, or if it will ultimately cost her and her family their own lives. This is a great story because readers are able to see two very different perspectives on what was happening around them on 9/11. In a way, both of them are in danger, either from the terrorist attacks or their own society, and both must learn to navigate world that's not as safe or black and white as they had thought.… (more)
RaeDCordova | 19 other reviews | Apr 17, 2024 |
It is tough for me to say I am disappointed in this book, not only because the author is so well-respected but because the era (WW2) is a favorite. Resist is a middle-grade book (ages 8-12) that all should read. But there isn't a lot to it.

Resist follows Samira on her hunt to find and save her mother from certain death at the hands of the Nazis. Along her travels, she runs into a "3 or 4-year-old boy" who not only carries a gun and has the understanding and patience not to shoot it at the Nazis as he and Samira wait for them to pass by, but he then goes on to direct Samira on how to get out of the city and tells her he will be going on by himself to cut communication wires. Sorry - way too far of a stretch there. There are other snippets equally as far-fetched, which have nothing to do with knowledge of the war.

The book is good as it has an appropriate moral ending, and the reader will enjoy it because it is super quick. But, it will fall flat for older youths as there isn't much to sink one's teeth into, even for an 8-year-old, but especially for a 12-year-old.
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LyndaWolters1 | Apr 3, 2024 |



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