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Alan Gratz

When your own home becomes a place of fear and inhumanity, it is no longer a home. Josef was 11 when he and his family had to flee Germany from the Nazis in 1939. Isabel lives in Cuba in 1994 and suffers from hunger - she too embarks on a dangerous journey to auspicious America.

And the 12-year-old Mahmoud left his destroyed hometown Aleppo in 2015 to start again in Germany. Alan Gratz skilfully and overtly excitingly interweaves the stories and fates of three children from different eras.

The Author

Alan Gratz was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1972 and lives in western North Carolina with his wife and daughter. He has a B.A. in creative writing and a master’s degree in English, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. More about him at