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Refugee is a historical fiction novel written by Alan Gratz. It was published on July 25, 2017, and it is available to read on Goodreads. This novel has spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list.


This novel is about three different children from three different eras. All three children from the different eras have a common objective, which is to search refuge to escape from their situations. During their journeys, each of them had to face a wide variety of dangers.

Main characters

The main characters from the novel are the three children from the different eras. These children are:

  • Josef Landau: a German Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany, who tries to escape the concentration camps looming in Germany to Cuba.
  • Isabel Fernandez: a Cuban girl in 1994, who tries to escape the hunger crisis in Cuba to the United States.
  • Mahmoud Bishara: a Syrian boy in 2015, whose family tries to escape his destructed homeland in Syria to Germany.
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