On Sale Now: Prisoner B-3087


Survive. At any cost. 

Yanek Gruener is a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland when the Nazis invade. Everything he has and everyone he loves is brutally taken from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner, his arm tattooed with the number B-3087.


Forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another as World War II rages around him, Yanek encounters evil he could never have imagined--and yet finds surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror.

10 different concentration camps. 10 different encounters with death.

Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will, and, most of all, his identity? 

Based on the astonishing true story of one extraordinary boy.


Scholastic Books | March 2013 | Ages 10 and Up
Available in hardcover and ebook

"A bone-chilling tale not to be ignored by the universe."
Kirkus Reviews

"Heartbreaking, gripping, raw, and emotional...storytelling at its finest."
VOYA

"Through Gratz’s spare, persistent prose, the story of the boy’s early life unfolds with the urgency and directness necessary for survivor stories. A powerful story, well told."
School Library Journal

"Gratz ably conveys Yanek’s incredulity, fatalism, yearning, and determination in the face of the unimaginable."
Publishers Weekly 

"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."
Booklist 

YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

SIBA 2014 Book Awards Long List

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2014

2014 IRA Young Adult Choices Reading List

2013 Cybils Middle Grade Fiction Finalist

2014-2015 Nebraska Golden Sower Award Top Ten Finalist

2014-2015 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Nominee

2013-2014 Georgia Tome Society It List


Spring 2013 Parents' Choice Awards - Recommended Seal

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