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Prisoner B-3087

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Survive. At any cost.

10 concentration camps.

10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.

It's something no one could imagine surviving.

But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Scholastic Inc.
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Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Actual Rating: 1.75

The story of Yanek Gruener is not an outstandingly unique one. His story, or at least something akin to his, has been told numerous times in the past, under different names of course. Nevertheless, I seem to be attracted to reading these sorts of stories even though I know how everyone of them ends.

I picked this one up mostly because of the title and the cover. It's sort of beautiful in a very plain and morbid way. It looks similar to a graphic novel's cover I read a while ag
Tara Anderson
Dec 11, 2012 Tara Anderson rated it it was amazing
Yanek Gruener is ten years old, Jewish, and living in Poland in the late 1930's. One day, the Nazis take over his town and Yanek's journey through the Jewish ghetto and ten different concentration camps begins. Yanek watches as everything, and everyone, he loves is taken away from him. There's no escape -- only survival. Every time Yanek barely escapes death, every time he watches the Nazi's brutally murder those around them, he pledges to fight by living to carry on the memory of those who were ...more
Harry Brake
May 23, 2013 Harry Brake rated it it was amazing
You know of Elie Wiesel, Anne Frank, and Oskar Schindler, or do you? After attending a crucial seminar in the study of the Holocaust in Delaware, attending the Holocaust Museum, studying the Holocaust at the University of Delaware for a summer, and continuing to return to the very heart of why knowing about the Holocaust is so important, this text does not add any more depression to the theme of the Holocaust, it simply adds to the motivation to educate more and more generations about why this i ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Jack rated it it was amazing
This is a review of the book Prisoner B-3087. The book takes place in Poland and Germany during WWII. Yanek, the main character in the story, and his family are Jewish and have to live in the ghetto that the Nazis have turned their home town into. Life is very hard for them, they have very little food, and they are forced to live with 4 other families in their small apartment.

Eventually Yanek is captured and taken to a concentration camp. Yanek stays in the camp for a little while and then is tr
Kevin Ramirez
Dec 16, 2014 Kevin Ramirez rated it it was amazing
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Lucrecia Ramos
Dec 17, 2014 Lucrecia Ramos rated it it was amazing
I really liked the book Prisoner B-3087. It is a book about a young Jewish boy named Yanek Gruener and his large family who lived in Krakow, Poland in the 1940's. During the time they lived, the Nazis were taking over the Jews because they didn't like the Jews by their differences and by how they were. I think that is not fair. Yanek and his family had been hiding so the Nazis wouldn't take them and kill them slowly by the inhumane, terrible things they had prepared to end the Jews. I thought t ...more
Dec 19, 2014 Karen added it
I honestly really liked this book, because it made me realize about everything that has been done in the past. The book started out really good, up until the point where Poland was attacked. Yanek and his family survived 3 years in the ghetto. Yanek survived 10 concentration camps, where he got beat sometimes for no reason at all. Yanek saw when his parents where deported. Yanek never really lasted long in the concentration camps, for 3 years he moved from camp to camp. Meeting new people and se ...more
Alex Baugh
Apr 04, 2013 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Imagine surviving 1 ghetto, 10 concentration camps and 2 death marches. Well, here is the story of a boy who did just that.

At 10 years old, Yanek Gruener's life means friends, school and most importantly, being surrounded by loving relatives all living in the center of Krakow, Poland. But his relatives know that soon something is going to happen - after all, they are Jews in a Europe that Hitler wants to make "Jew free." Sure enough, only six days after the German invasion of Poland, Nazi soldie
Margo Tanenbaum
May 06, 2013 Margo Tanenbaum rated it it was amazing
Recommended for ages 12 and up.

This new Holocaust novel by author Alan Gratz is based on the true story of Yanek Gruener, a Jewish boy living in Krakow whose comfortable, middle-class life is turned upside down when the Nazis take over his country in 1939. The title, of course, refers to the number tattooed by the Nazis on his arm at one of the ten concentration camps he managed to survive. In fact, survival at all cost is the theme of this gripping and moving novel, told in the first person by
Dec 19, 2014 Lilia rated it it was amazing
10 concentration camps and 2 death Marches
Imagine having you life being taken away for you. Your family, your friends, your home, anything and everything that you ever had… Gone. This is what Yanek had to go through. He had his family, friends and life taken away from him. After that he as sent to a concentration camp where he fought for survival. He is fighting for survival becuase it is just a game to the Germans and he want to win. Hard work, little food, harsh condition, will he be able to
Christipher Lee
Dec 18, 2014 Christipher Lee rated it it was amazing
In this book, a young Jewish boy that lives with his family in Krakow, Poland during WWII. When the Nazis invade Poland and get to Krakow, they made a area where they called it the "ghetto". It was where they put all the Jews. His family manages to stay in hiding for a while, but then eventually everyone in his family gets captured to work in concentration camps. When Yanek eventually also gets captured. He gets moved through many more concentration camps until he is free.

He sees horrifying thi
Eric Boot
Aug 12, 2015 Eric Boot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 2-5-stars
Mehhh, ik had eerlijk gezegd beter verwacht. Het verhaal was erg afgeraffeld, en de schrijver had er veel meer mee kunnen doen.

2.5 sterren
Dec 15, 2014 nayeli rated it it was amazing
I actually really liked this book. It's about a kid named Yanek, he liked school, his family and his friends. At first Yanek and his family got away with hiding in a pigeon coop, but soon after they were dragged to go work at camps. Eventually they got Yanek and at his first camp he found his Uncle Moshe, but soon realizes the rest of his family were dead. Each day Yanek kept on getting weaker and weaker, since they didn't feed them much. Thorough the whole story the Nazis treated them pretty ba ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Michaela rated it it was amazing
Alan Gratz writes this great Golden Sower, “Prisoner B-3087.” The book is about this boy named Yanek who is taken from his house, and is taken to a bunch of different camps that are very harsh on the prisoners. The only thing that matters in these camps is to survive. Yanek had stated, “It was silly, but eerie at the same time,” (Page 7) as German soldiers marched up their street, right to their homes. Will Yanek survive? Will anyone save him before anything bad happens to him? How will Yanek s ...more
Dec 19, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
What i think of the book was the book was great because he survives at the end of the story. The Americans saved all the Jews from the Germans. Yankel survived all the camps he has bean though he suffered through a lot and he lost some of his family. It was a sad story because he lost his family but it was just his uncle but he moved to a different camp the he was a lone but he makes friends on the way to new camps but they end up dieing because they get sick.
Lynn Werckenthien
Feb 14, 2016 Lynn Werckenthien rated it really liked it
This historical fiction novel is based on the true story of Yanek Gruener, a Polish Jew during WWII. Gratz chronicles Yanek's nightmarish experiences in ten different Nazi concentration camps while he struggles to survive the cruelty of the Nazis and the depravity of the camps' conditions. It's an astonishing tale of hope and survival in the very darkest of times.
This book is a raw story about a young Jewish boy during WWII. The story starts in Krakow, Poland when Yanek was just twelve. As the story goes one, Yanek grows in the worst environments ever. He watches his parents and family get captured by the Nazis before he does too. Once captured, it's a story filled with cruelty and gruesome events. It's not fro the weak of heart, and reading this, its hard to believe that human could ever do such a thing.

The novel was written beautifully and I could envi
Curtis Dahlen
Oct 07, 2014 Curtis Dahlen rated it really liked it
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Mar 03, 2016 Evanb rated it it was amazing
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz is realistic fiction based on a true story. It is about Yanek and his family's experience of the holocaust. His experiences with different work and death camps including the infamous death camp Birkenau where 1.26 million people were sent to die. Yanek and everyone else in his small town witnesses the Germans entering the city. Nothing happenned, except a curfew was placed and if you were caught out after curfew you were to be shot on sight. Then walls were built to ...more
Dec 15, 2014 Allysonj rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. It is about a ten year old, Yanek, who was a Jewish boy in Poland during the holocast. The story is about his long journey surviving concentration camps, death marches, and living in the ghetto. It is based off of real events and real people. Once you start reading the book you can't stop because it is such a good book and you want to know what will Happen next. The book really shows how it was for kids during the holocaust. In the book it shows that everyone was affect ...more
Paige Y.
“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. I would have played more. Laughed more. I would have hugged my parents and told them I loved them.
But I was ten years old, and I had no idea of the nightmare that was to come.” (p. 2)

Yanek Gruener is a Jewish boy living in Poland in 1939, and his world is about to come crashing dow
Jan 06, 2015 Maddie rated it really liked it
This is a must read for everybody. I think that everybody should read this book because it is about a concentration camp survivor and what his experiences were in the several camps that he was Transferred to. It is a really good written book.
VIncent N.
Sep 30, 2015 VIncent N. rated it really liked it
the book was good has a different tone to it unlike other books.One thing that really stands out about Prisoner B-3087 is the simple writing style. This book is aimed at 10-14 years old and I think it is perfect for the age group. It’s never overly explicit in the details – but it doesn’t need to be. The reader doesn’t need a play by play of every violent act to understand how horrific the story is. I also appreciated that the author didn’t add any fancy frills or turn of phrase to the account. ...more
Sidney Fries-Horan
Apr 30, 2015 Sidney Fries-Horan rated it really liked it
What if the difference between life and death was based on your race or religion? Yanek Gruener is a ten-year-old boy living in Krakow, Poland in 1939. Yanek daydreams about moving to America to become a top notch movie star and enjoys the life he is given. When the Germans invade Poland and take command, Yanek mournfully listens to the church bells of the Wawel Cathedral ring out in alarm knowing that his life will forever be changed, no matter the outcome. His father encourages him to be stron ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Chase is currently reading it
This book is about a young boy named Yanek Gruener. Yanek is a Jewish boy who lives in Poland. During this book World War II was going on and Hitler and his Nazis were going on rampages and they had many concentration camps. Concentration camps aren't good you are a slave that is starved, tortured, and worked ruthlessly. Yanek was transferred between 10 concentration camps through the 1930's. At the beginning of the book it introduces us to Yanek and his family. His family was over because his d ...more
Omar Villegas
Dec 03, 2014 Omar Villegas rated it it was amazing

This story takes place in a city named Krakow in Poland, Yanek Gruener was a Jewish boy that was 10 years old. Sadly he didn’t get to enjoy six years of his life. Yanek was put into many concentration camps and tortured, in one camp he tattooed to his arm B-3087. One thing the author taught me was that when all hope is lost never give up. This can connect to the time when the U.S.A put japanese were put in concentration camps for no reason. I didn’t like how the author Alan Gratz kept r
Mar 20, 2014 Conner marked it as to-read
Prisoner B-3087 is a very good book in my opinion. I thought it was very thrilling and there was always a surprise around the corner. Prisoner B-3087 is about a young boy named Yanek Gruener who lives with his Jewish family in Poland during the time of WWII. One day, the Nazis invade his flat and take everything that is valuable. Radio, gold, and Zloty (Polish currency). He and his family are left with very little ration cards. After a couple years, the Grueners have taken in many families off t ...more
Joe Giordano
Feb 25, 2016 Joe Giordano rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes suspenseful books.
Recommended to Joe by: School Book Report
Shelves: junior-y3ar
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Payten L
Mar 19, 2015 Payten L rated it it was amazing
Grade Interest level- 7th
Reading Level- Lexile 760
Genre- Historical Fiction
Main Characters- Yanek
Setting- 1930s in Poland during the Holocaust in 10 different concentration camps
POV- 1st

The only thing that matters now is to survive. The Nazis have taken away everything and give you only work. There is nothing left. You are no one.

This story is based off of a true story and shows how the simplest things in life can be taken for granted, that there is much more to living than it seems, and it ta
Mark S
Jan 21, 2016 Mark S rated it it was amazing

Prisoner B-3087 Book Review
Imagine that you are just a young child and you have to watch as family, friends, and people you know are dying from being starved to death, being shot, or being beaten to death. How would you handle seeing that? Well, this is exactly what Yanek Gruener has to go through in the novel Prisoner B-3087, by Alan Gratz. I chose to read this book because of my interest with the Holocaust and the events that took place in 1939-1945. Throughout my reading I felt as if the book
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Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, home of the 1982 World's Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and later, a Master's degree in English education.
In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan
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“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. I would have played more. Laughed more. I would have hugged my parents and told them I loved them. But I was ten years old, and I had no idea of the nightmare that was to come. None of us did.” 10 likes
“Your parents, Oskar and Mina. They are dead and gone now, Yanek, and we would grieve them if we could. But we have only one purpose now: survive. Survive at all costs, Yanek. We cannot let these monsters tear us from the pages of the world.” 9 likes
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