Refugee

Alan Gratz

The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific novel. It is geared toward young teens ages 13-14 and is the indispensable tool for Brave Writer parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

This guide contains the following features:

  • 4 Passages (one per week) for copywork/dictation
  • Notes about punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and literary devices
  • Beyond the Passage and Inside Scoop boxes
  • 9 Think Piece questions
  • Golden Lines prompt
  • Book Club Party Ideas
  • 52 pages
  • Publication Date: May 2021

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    About the book

    A tour de force from acclaimed author Alan Gratz, this timely -- and timeless -- novel tells the powerful story of three different children seeking refuge.

    JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. 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 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.—Amazon

    A note about content
    Refugee accurately reflects the kinds of incidents that happen to refugees throughout history and now in greater numbers than ever before. Some of the intense events of this book may be upsetting. Ultimately the book affirms truth, kindness, family, safety, and healing. Parents are encouraged to pre-read Refugee to be equipped to process reactions and insights together with their teens.

    Purchase the Refugee novel here (affiliate link)




    This month's book selection is from the year-long Boomerang program




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