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Topic: Refugee by: Alan Gratz

Refugee is about 3 kids who have many troubles in their own country. They have to change how they live their life, one of the kids has to move to a different country just because of his religion, and a kid who tries to do anything he can to stay in invisible, because he could be killed. Josef Landau is one of the main characters in this story alongside another 2. Josef is a Jewish boy who is living in Nazi Germany in the 1930's. Josef’s father, Aaron Landau was taken away from his home and family, because he broke a law, which was to not practice any religion in Germany. Aaron, Josef’s dad, was put into a concentration camp in somewhere in Germany.
The Landau family had been reunited in Hamburg,Germany when their father had been released from the concentration camp. That was the first part of Josef’s story. Second kid, is Isabel Fernandez. Isabel struggled to live her life, because her father was put in jail for trying to leave Cuba, at this time Cuba had a law where you couldn’t leave the country if you were living there. Isabel would play her trumpet on the streets to make money for her mom and grandfather. The only people who would give her money was the tourist who came to visit the country. Her friend, and her friend’s father were building a boat so they can leave the country to go to New York and start a new life there. Cuba couldn’t get enough food for people, because the Soviet Union had fallen, and that was their only way of food. 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 the year 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long journey towards Europe. All 3 kids have to go on journeys, and they all want to escape from dangers.

Re: Refugee by: Alan Gratz

In Josef Landau’s story, he has boarded a train with his mom and sister’s were he has done something that could put his family in great danger. Josef, went wandering around the train where Jews were put into a seperate compartments from the Germans. After, wandering around for so long, he came to a thought he had, Josef wondered what it would feel like to be a German, so he he took off his paper armband with David’s star on it, so he can be treated like a normal German. Josef took his armband, and started walking through the different compartments, Josef say Germans laughing, and arguing, just like Jews were. Josef kept on strolling on, until he stumbled upon a compartment were he seen a boy, a regular German boy. Nothing matched his teacher, Herr Meier’s presentation on how to identify a Jew. As Josef, trotted on, he came across the dining part of the train. The dining place, was where people would talk, order food, and smoke. As Josef kept wandering on, he stumbled across a place where he could buy candy for his sister Ruth, as he was reaching for his money, his armband fell out of his pocket and landed on the floor. A boy from Hitler Youth, came and took Josef to a compartment where he warned him about wearing his armband. Josef kept shaking, after the talk with the other boy.

Re: Refugee by: Alan Gratz

Isabelle Fernandez: In her story, she has came across a riot with many people in it, the people threw bottles, sticks, and other things at the line of policemen. The police officer couldn't take it anymore, so they resorted to arresting anyone they could catch. Isabelle has seen her father, and he almost gets arrested, but he doesn't, because another police officer came to help him. Isabelle's father, came home safely. He, started watching a baseball game on television, and all of a sudden the game was interrupted by a message from the President of Cuba. The president said, that anyone who wishes to leave Cuba, can do so. Isabelle's dad  decided to leave the country with his family.

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Re: Refugee by: Alan Gratz

Mahmoud was, doing his homework, when he heard a strange noise coming from outside, little did he know that it was a bombing. Mahmoud's apartment had been bombed. Mahmoud, Waleed, Hana, and their mother knew that they had to evacuate the apartment as soon as possible. But, their mother stayed to grab whatever she could from their apartment, while her children waited for her outside. As she finished grabbing the things she could, she immediately rushed down to the back floors. There, she came rushing to her kids. She tried calling her husband, but she couldn't because she had no service. Their father came running from the streets where he was working. Their dad, planned on leaving Syria, as soon as they could, because they knew at that time it had been dangerous place to live in. They were gonna head north, up to Germany.

Re: Refugee by: Alan Gratz

In my book, it tells me that Josef has boarded a boat called the "MS St. Louis" where all the Jewish people went on to escape Nazi Germany. Josef, and his family, were finally being treated like normal people on this boat. Josef and Ruth got to have fun, for the first time in a few months. They played badminton, shuffleboard, and got to go on a water slide. Their father was scared to get out of their room, because he thought that they would be spies on the boat looking for him. So, Josef’s mother had to stay in the room with his father. Aaron Landau, their father, didn’t even come out of the room for food. Josef, and Ruthie continued to have fun. They both came across a group of girls, Ruthie’s age. The group of girls, where playing around with sleeping people on the boat. That was it for the boat part.

Re: Refugee by: Alan Gratz

Isabelle, finally got the gasoline for her family’s boat, so they can finally leave. They filled the boat with gasoline, and brought to the beach where other people from her village left. They went to the beach, and seen many people. It, was difficult to get to the water, since it was very crowded at the beach. After awhile, a line of policemen from Cuba arrived at the beach so, the people started rushing, because they thought they would get arrested but, no one ever did. Isabelle’s family started rushing, to the water, when they got there, they started the boat so they could leave soon. They waited, and then 2 policemen came running at their boat. Isabelle did not know that they were her uncle’s son and girlfriend. They’ve been planning this the whole time but no one else knew about it.

Re: Refugee by: Alan Gratz

Mahmoud, and his family were ready to leave for Germany next morning, it was hard for Mahmoud, and his siblings to move to another country like, it was hard for me to move to Canada since I’ve lived in the Philippines for so long. Growing up, Mahmoud, only knew Syria, because that’s the place he live in as a child. Now, he had to move to a new country, because of the war, fighting, and bombing in his home country. As they were leaving, they got stopped by some men who were armed, and threatened to kill them if they answered this question wrong. They sat there in fear, Waleed said,”we’re against the ones who’s bombing.” They got the answer right, and the men, came with them for the ride.