Last week, I finished my seventh book of the year…Prisoner B-3087, by Alan Gratz.
This book caught my attention the week before the book fair at my school. During announcements, a book trailer was shown…
The book was so popular that the media specialist had to order more of them! I bought one (no surprise there, eh?).
This book is based on the true story of Yanek Gruener, a young Jewish boy, who lives in Poland before and during the outbreak of World War 2. He watches as his parents get led away one day and, eventually, he is rounded up as well and sent to his first concentration camp.
He would wind up living in ten different camps throughout the war. His description of each camp, the prisoners, and the atrocities he witnessed both there and during marches between camps will break your heart.
That he lived through them is a testament of the human spirit.
This is a book geared for middle and high school students. It was a quick, easy read, but what sets it apart is the descriptions, told from a teenager’s point of view. Although I am an adult who has read quite a number of stories about the Holocaust, this story will always stand out.