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Brief Biography of Alan Gratz
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- Full Title: Refugee
- When Written: 2015-2017
- Where Written: North Carolina
- When Published: July 2017
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult fiction; Historical Fiction
- Setting: Germany, Cuba, Syria, Turkey, United States, France, Hungary, Austria
- Climax: Mahmoud and his family reach Germany and are taken in by Ruthie and her husband.
- Antagonist: War; indifference; Nazis
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for Refugee
A Good Cause. Gratz donates a portion of the proceeds for each book sold to UNICEF to support refugee children worldwide.
Lightbulb Moment. Gratz was initially inspired to write the book by the story of the MS St. Louis, until he took a vacation to the Florida Keys and found a raft that likely came from Cuba. At the same time, he was seeing news stories about the Syrian refugees, and when he couldn’t decide which story to write about, he integrated all three together.