Prisoner B-3087

By: Alan Gratz

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Book Description

This book is fiction but is based on the real life story of a boy named Yanek. He was ten when the war started. In his home in Krakow, he was able to go to school and be a normal child. but that all changed a few days after his tenth birthday.

This book is inside a six year period. During that time, he was taken to six different concentration camps, and two death marches that lasted for more than three days nonstop. Him and thousands of others are struggling to survive, from not having enough food, to not having shoes on their feet.

What did you enjoy about the book?

I enjoyed the book because it is an attention grabber. The book never left you hanging, and it was very informative.

What was the authors purpose for writing this book?

The authors main purpose would have been to inform others of the struggles during the Holocaust, but also for others to imagine the pain they went through during that time.

Did you notice reoccurring symbols? What were they?

There were three main reoccurring symbols.

  1. Bread- when you were able to have bread you could stay alive (death marches.)
  2. Trains- they new that is they saw trains, they were going to be crammed together with no water or food for days, or even weeks
  3. Songs- during the death marches, the Jews/Poles would sing different songs at the same time, and if they knew it they would sing along.

Why would you recommend this book?

I would recommend this book because it gives a lot of information on the lives of the Jews and how some were able to survive.

Book Report By: Karah Joyner