Sunday, January 20, 2013

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

 Survive. At any cost.
10 concentration camps.
10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.
It's something no one could imagine surviving.
But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.
As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.
He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.
Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will -- and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?
Based on an astonishing true story.

Publisher: Scholastic 
Number of Pages: 272
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Jack, age 13

Yanek lives a normal life as a Jewish boy--or at least as normal as it can get during the Holocaust. And like the Nazi's do with all the Jews, they find Yanek, at only the age of thirteen and bring him to Plaszvow, one of the ten concentration camps that Yanek has to endure. His new life is filled with pain, hunger, fear, and a constant desire to find his family--and escape. The true story of Jack Gruener is remarkable, and he now lives in America, after serving in the army for two years he's married to Ruth Gruener, also a surviver of the Holocaust. This story is filled with the history of the rule of Hitler and is great for all you history buffs out there.

This book releases in March of 2013! 

Happy reading!
Jack, age 13

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