Making Mañana Different, Today
by Alexie Basil
Play this exclusive interview with Alan Gratz, author of Refugee, for your students to discover why he thinks it’s especially important to share the stories of refugees throughout history.
To treat our neighbors better mañana—or tomorrow—we have to start making more thoughtful decisions today.
That’s the message author Alan Gratz hopes to convey in his moving historical-fiction novel Refugee. In this Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive interview, Alan shares how a walk along a Florida beach inspired him to interweave Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud’s harrowing tales of survival.
Play this video for your students to open a dialogue about the current refugee crises all over the world—and in our own backyard.
What do your students think about Alan’s retelling of the MS Saint Louis? How do they think it relates to what is going on around the world today? Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
Alan Gratz is the New York Times–bestselling author of a several highly acclaimed novels for young readers, including Grenade, Prisoner B-3087, Projekt 1065, Code of Honor, and Refugee, which received the Sydney Taylor Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Cybils Middle-Grade Fiction Award, among many other accolades. Alan lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife and daughter, where he enjoys playing games, eating pizza, and reading books. Visit his website: alangratz.com
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