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Prisoner B-3087

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2013

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Prisoner B-3087

  • Genre: Fiction; young adult historical
  • Originally Published: 2013
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 760L; grades 6-12
  • Structure/Length: 30 chapters; approx. 272 pages; approx. 4 hours, 55 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Based on the real figure of Yanek Gruener, the novel follows young Yanek’s struggle to survive many death camps and Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: The Holocaust; concentrations camps; racism; dehumanization; death, including murder of parents and family members

Alan Gratz, Author

  • Bio: Born 1972; holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee; currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina; member of the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame; awarded the National Jewish Book Award, the Young Hoosier Book Award, and a Malka Penn Award for Human Rights Honor (2017) for his novel Refugee
  • Other Works: Projekt 1065 (2016); Refugee (2017); Allies (2019); Ground Zero (2021); Two Degrees (2022)
  • Awards: YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults (2014); Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year (2014); SIBA Book Awards Long List (2014); Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (2014); IRA Young Adult Choices Reading List (2014)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • The Dehumanization of the Jewish People
  • The Desire to Survive
  • Good Versus Evil

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Unit, students will: