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Prisoner B-3087, by Alan Gratz

Label
Prisoner B-3087
Title
Prisoner B-3087
Statement of responsibility
by Alan Gratz
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau
Tone
Award
  • Isinglass Teen Read Award (New Hampshire), 2015.
  • Golden Sower Award (Nebraska), Young Adult, 2015.
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona), Tween Book Category, 2016.
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Grades 6-8, 2015.
  • South Carolina Book Award, Junior Books, 2016.
  • Truman Readers Award (Missouri), 2015.
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014.
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award for Middle School, 2016.
Review
  • Grades 5-8 When Hitler’s army entered and occupied his native Kraków, 10-year-old Yanek knew his life might change, but he had no idea of the horror that lay ahead. His remarkable survival story begins with a dramatic, emotional punch and then chronicles such moments as his secretive bar mitzvah in a warehouse basement, the systematic round up of Jews, and his deportation to the Plaszow concentration camp, the first of 10 camps he would suffer but survive. He recalls encounters with such Nazi figures as the sadistic Amon Goeth and describes acts of wanton, viscious brutality. In an appended note, Gratz explains that the novel is based on actual events in survivor Jack Gruener’s life but he has “taken liberties with some times and events” to provide a better overview. The account includes basic historical information including essential aspects of WWII. A map would have been helpful, but this essentially true story is a good starting point for students unfamiliar with the Holocaust. Pair it with Doreen Rappaport’s Beyond Courage (2012) and Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. -- Perkins, Linda (Reviewed 04-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 16, p68)
  • Gr 6 – 10 — "If I had known what the next six years of my life were going to be like, I would have eaten more. I wouldn't have complained about brushing my teeth, or taking a bath, or going to bed at eight o'clock every night." Yanek Gruener was 10 years old when the German army invaded Poland in 1939 and trapped his family inside the walls of the Jewish ghetto in Krakow. Over the course of World War II, he saw his parents deported by the Nazis and survived 10 different concentration camps. Through Gratz's spare, persistent prose, the story of the boy's early life unfolds with the urgency and directness necessary for survivor stories. While some liberties have been taken, with the permission of Gruener and his wife, Ruth, also a survivor, the experiences and images come directly from the Grueners' collective memories of the war. An author's note provides further biographical information. A powerful story, well told.—Sara Saxton, Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow, AK --Sara Saxton (Reviewed June 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 6, p124)
  • The Nazis killed more than one million Jewish children and teenagers; Jack (Yanek) Gruener, who was 10 when Krakow, Poland, fell, was a rare survivor. “Survive,” however, hardly seems adequate to describe what unfolds in these pages. Having lost his parents and close relatives just as he entered adolescence (Yanek has a secret bar mitzvah in a basement of the Krakow ghetto), the boy is totally alone as his life becomes a roll-call of nightmares: Trzebinia, Bir-kenau (where his arm is tattooed with the number in the book’s title), Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Gross-Rosen. Yanek is finally liberated at age 16, when American soldiers arrive at Dachau. Gratz (Fantasy Baseball) has fictionalized some aspects of Gruener’s life to “paint a fuller and more representative picture of the Holocaust as a whole,” and this determination to be exhaustively inclusive, along with lapses into History Channel–like prose, threatens to overwhelm the story. But more often, Gratz ably conveys Yanek’s incredulity (“Not long ago, all these half-dead creatures around me had been people”), fatalism, yearning, and determination in the face of the unimaginable. Ages 10–14. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 28, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 04, p)
  • If Anne Frank had been a boy, this is the story her male counterpart might have told. At least, the very beginning of this historical novel reads as such. It is 1939 and Yanek Gruener is a 10-year old Jew in Kraków when the Nazis invade Poland. His family is forced to live with multiple other families in a tiny apartment as his beloved neighborhood of Podgórze changes from haven to ghetto in a matter of weeks. Readers will be quickly drawn into this first-person account of dwindling freedoms, daily humiliations and heart-wrenching separations from loved ones. Yet as the story darkens, it begs the age-old question of when and how to introduce children to the extremes of human brutality. Based on the true story of the life of Jack Gruener, who remarkably survived not just one, but 10 different concentration camps, this is an extraordinary, memorable and hopeful saga told in unflinching prose. While Gratz's words and early images are geared for young people, and are less gory than some accounts, Yanek's later experiences bear a closer resemblance to Elie Wiesel's Night than more middle-grade offerings, such as Lois Lowry's Number the Stars. It may well support classroom work with adult review first. A bone-chilling tale not to be ignored by the universe. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10173989
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gratz, Alan
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
760L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG+
LC call number
PZ7.G77224
LC item number
Pri 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 10
Reading level
4.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gruener, Jack
  • Gruener, Jack
  • Jews
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Jews
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Kraków (Poland)
  • Kraków (Poland)
  • Poland
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Prisoner B-3087, by Alan Gratz
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "Based on the true story by Ruth and Jack Gruener."
  • "While the story of Jack Gruener is true--and remarkable--this book is a work of fiction. As an author I've taken some liberties with time and events to paint a fuller and more representative picture of the Holocaust as a whole."--Afterword
  • Includes a biographical afterword
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
955327
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9780545459013
Lccn
2012012460
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780545459013
Label
Prisoner B-3087, by Alan Gratz
Publication
Note
  • "Based on the true story by Ruth and Jack Gruener."
  • "While the story of Jack Gruener is true--and remarkable--this book is a work of fiction. As an author I've taken some liberties with time and events to paint a fuller and more representative picture of the Holocaust as a whole."--Afterword
  • Includes a biographical afterword
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
955327
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9780545459013
Lccn
2012012460
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780545459013

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