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For the Love of a Book, Week 16

Ahhh…books!

My “For the Love of a Book” series is back!! Mostly because I’m back. I still don’t think many are reading my blog (and that’s a crying shame because it’s awesome) but I’m going to keep resolutely pushing forward!

I’ve been doing a lot of reading this summer and so today I am going to recommend an author, rather than one particular book. I don’t know how I missed this author and his books but I read one this summer and fell.in.love! Then I read his other four books in like a week. They are that good.

His name is Alan Gratz.

Amazing book!

You may already be familiar with his work and, if you are, kudos to you! If not, let me tell you. I first read his book, Refugee, because it is one of the books for Book Battle in Beta Competition this year. It was awesome. It follows three different refugee kids (one from World War II, one from Cuba, and one from Syria) and how their stories intertwine. Edge of my seat, lemme tell you. And the connections between the characters, you’ll never see it coming.

I loved this book so much we are now going to use it for our Living Literature scene for Beta Convention (and it should be a lot easier and less expensive than Fablehaven although I regret that choice not at all). I also recommended it to the other 6th grade Social Studies teachers and we are going to see about using it as a companion novel study in our second semester. Yay reading!

Then, when I went to Kentucky for a writer’s conference, I downloaded and read his other novels – Grenade, Code of Honor, Projekt 1065, and Prisoner B-03087. Thank goodness for flight delays so I could finish them! They were amazing. I loved Projekt and Prisoner because they both took place in World War II, which is one of my favorite events in history (not because it was a war but because it was a turning point and historically important and lots of bravery. Just FYI). These books were amazing. The stories are engaging, the characters are true to life – especially in the case of the main character of Prisoner B-0387 because it is based on a real-life person. Even if you aren’t a history buff, you won’t want to put these books down.

I can’t wait for his new book, Allies, to come out later this year and I can’t wait to recommend his books to my students. I’m teaching the Holocaust this year (and WWII to a very small extent) so you better believe I’ll be recommending some Gratz!

What about you? Any new book recommendations for me? Have you ever read Alan Gratz’s novels? I’d love to hear about it! Drop me a line in the comments!