In 1938, Nazis break into Josef Landau’s house. They arrest his father and destroy everything they can get their hands on. Months later, the rest of the family receives a telegram from their father who has been released, but they must leave Germany immediately and travel to the other side of world. In 1994, Fidel Castro is in charge of Cuba. There are food shortages and people have had enough. With riots breaking out in the streets, Isabel Fernandez, a skinny eleven year old girl, must get her family out of Cuba to Florida by boat. Syria in 2015 is chaos and Mahmoud Bishara knows it. He also knows that you have to be invisible to survive. But when his home is destroyed and his family must walk to Germany, he wonders if being invisible is not the best way to be after all.
This is an incredible book. Something I really love is that, at the end, the stories connect and come together like pieces to a puzzle. Another great thing is that the chapters switch off from character to character. The infuriating thing about that is that almost all the chapters end in cliff-hangers. And that’s why you don’t just read one chapter at a time of Refugee. You cannot stop reading. But unfortunately, this book is not for little kids. A character dies, there are guns, bombs, prisons, Nazis, and a boy gets bitten by a shark. I do not recommend it for younger readers. I am 11, and I loved it. It all depends on what you’re comfortable with. This book leads you on a heart-pounding, action-packed adventure. This emotional, powerful, amazing book really shows the problems immigrants and refugees face. You are really able to experience what they’re going through. It is truly a masterpiece, and you must read it.