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  Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

Review by: John R.
Georgia, Grade 8

It is about the story of a holocaust survivor

I recommend Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz because I felt sorry for Yanek and he was good at outsmarting the Nazis. The account is great since the story is about Yanek surviving ten different concentration camps during World War II. During the story his life is taken away by the Nazis, but at the end he experiences the joy of liberation by the Americans. In some of the camps there are Nazis that want to make life very miserable. In Chapter 24 there was a Kapo called Moonface in the Bergen- Belsen concentration camp that made Yanek his pet project and constantly abused him. In the Plaszow camp Amon Goeth wanted all prisoners dead. In the end Yanek lost all of his family, but still survived despite all hardships. The historic record is cool because you experience the time during the war when Yanek was first deported until he was liberated. Since this book is about survival there are some disappointing parts like when he learns of his parentsí deportation, and his Uncle getting shot, but the story was not too depressing. The character is likeable, and you can root for him based on how he survives throughout the book. You should definitely read this great book I give it four out of five stars.

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