Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: Prisoner B-3087


Title: Prisoner B-3087
Author: Alan Gratz
Pages: 272
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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.

I waited and waited for this book to release. I mean, a based-on-true-events story about a kid who survives TEN Nazi camps? How could I not want to read it?!

Sadly, this is a typical story about survival during the holocaust, but that is not to devalue this or any other story in any way. Yanek Gruener is just a boy when Germany begins its take over in Poland and somehow he survives a ghetto, TEN concentration camps, and two death marches. All this he survives alone.

The chapters are divided by the different camps and death marches he experienced. It is a very quick read even being at nearly 300 pages. The details throughout the story paint the picture well but does not create the gruesomeness that we can only imagine was prominent.

The thing I loved about this story and found most astonishing was how this young boy survived the entire time pretty much on his own. He was incredibly bright and it shows throughout the course of the story. I loved this book immensely and highly recommend it to all ages.

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  1. Wow... that's a harrowing story! I love that you pointed out that even though it's a typical Holocaust story, it's still good and a quick read. Sounds like a great one for when I'm in the mood for some historical fiction!

  2. My 11 year old son, who despises reading, loved this book! Every night he was begging for me to keep reading. It spiked his interest in the history and we then watched Shindler's List together. Great educational book for him.

  3. My 10 year old has read this twice and cannot get enough of it. She is mesmerized by the time period and the tragedy that the jews endured. It is definitely for the more mature reader but not anything inappropriate.

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