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Prisoner B-3087

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  18,615 ratings  ·  2,990 reviews
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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Sandy Brehl As a retired teacher, I encourage you to also read the book so that you can fully respond to his questions, and also support his effort to research an…moreAs a retired teacher, I encourage you to also read the book so that you can fully respond to his questions, and also support his effort to research and answer them for himself. Since it is assigned, please trust that the teacher is well aware and that it will be discussed in context with other background information. I hope they will also be reading other books on this topic to compare/contrast and broaden their awareness of the complexity of the Holocaust.
I just finished reading it myself, I'm a trained Holocaust educator, and I urge you to encourage him and share the journey. A recent survey revealed that nearly half of millennials could not define what Holocaust was- some even mis-identified it as 9/11. In today's paper there was an obituary for a 106 year old local man who was a Holocaust survivor and educator. Those who lived through it will soon be gone, and it falls to the rest of humanity to make sure the truth is told and shared to prevent it from happening again.(less)
Tracy Dishman Yes it is. It is a middle grade book, so your 6th grader should enjoy it.

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jv poore
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Prisoner B-3087 is a novel, based on the true story of Jack Gruener’s formative years in concentration camps. Anyone vaguely familiar with the Holocaust will find it remarkably difficult to determine where Mr. Gratz took liberties. At a blush, this may seem like a heavy topic for the intended audience of younger students (Middle and Jr. High); however, in its simplicity, I believe that the story is perfectly presented.

The horror unfolds through the eyes of Yanek (later to known as Jack Gruener).
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
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am not certain what I expected from this book .. maybe a little more fiction: some, off the wall connections and actions that were obviously not something that truly happened. I think I walked into it with that bias, as it continuously comments on it being BASED on the true story of Jack (or Yanek) Gruener. Since it wasn't his complete true story, and it was only based on it, I figured the rest of it would have been bolstered with untruths.

That was what it wasn't, however. At the end of the te
Tara Anderson Gold
Dec 10, 2012 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
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was a thrilling page turner that I think a lot of people would l was on the edge the whole book I highly reccomend the book for peoplewho are in to ww2 and like to have anxiety the whole time they are reading. anyways thank you alan gratz for the great book.
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3.5 of 5 stars


It was really difficult to imagine that the events happened at this book was experienced by a lot of people at that time. It was terrible and truly terrifying. And knowing that real Yanek had suffered and survived that horrible nightmare, it was really something no one can really comprehend. As Yanek himself said, even in the most explicit description of the story one can tell, no one can really understand what they've been through. Although this had the same things to of
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prisoner B-3087 was one of my favorite books that i've read this year. The book is about a boy who survived through the Holocaust. I would recommend this book to people who like history. I really liked the book, and I think anyone who picks it up will end up enjoying it.
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
Yanek Gruener, Prisoner B-3087, is a fictionalized version of the true story of Jack Gruener. Yanek and his family are Jews living in Krakow, Poland, when it is invaded by the Nazi's. It follows the construction of the ghetto there, the consolidation of the Jews, and then their mass deportations to factories, work or death camps. Eventually, teenage Yanek ends up alone, with sage advice from his uncle to trust and care about no one. During the war, Yanek is transferred to ten different concentra ...more
Harry Brake
Jan 26, 2013 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
Kevin Ramirez
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jonathon P.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I flew this book because it always had me in suspense. The story was uneasing and it blows my mind what the Nazis did to the Jews. This story was about a little boy named Yanek. Yanek is a Jew and when he and his family get put into concentration camps, they get separated. Once in his first camp tho, he finds his uncle. His uncle told him that everyone else in the family had been killed by the Nazis. It was a very sad book and it was horrifying what these people did. From putting the Jews in gas ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
May 06, 2013 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 18, 2014 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
Steve H.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I was younger I started reading this, and unbeknownst to me I ended up never finishing it. Until recently when my interest piqued into the works of WWII and I decided I would re-read/finish the book, and I am happy that I did.I would recommend this book to any WWII fanatic such as myself.
Aiden B.
This is a good book and I would recommend it. If you like WWII and like to learn about the conflict between Germany and Jewish people than this is the book for you.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
very good book plz read ending is so happy
Lucrecia Ramos
Dec 05, 2014 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 05, 2014 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
Damien Goodwin
I think that it is a really good book, and that I really recommend it.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book, Prisoner B-3087 is all about hope, perseverance and staying strong. Yanek, a Jewish boy, is forced to go to many concentration camps. The action happening throughout the book keeps the reader wanting to read more. The author uses descriptive language that helps create a clear picture to what's happening. The book inspires the reader to keep their spirit up despite whats happening
Alex  Baugh
Mar 27, 2013 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
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book was really good. it was really interesting and once you start reading it you can't put the book down.
Cooper H.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2nd-9-weeks
Prisoner B-3087

This book is about a boy named Yanek who is alive around the time of hitler who makes all Jews move to the same small village, the soldiers in the village are aloud to just take people off the streets to work in factory's so Yanek's family makes Yanek stay off the streets. (I am skipping to prevent spoiling)Later in the book Yanek does not know what happened to his family and he is alone in his town, then Nick gets taken to a boot camp where the owners kill jews without thought, r
Dec 05, 2014 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
Keagan S.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Overall just an amazing book. Strongly recommended to anyone.
Ryleigh Green
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trimester-1
I absolutely loved this book because it told me a lot about the horrible things that Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jewish and I can't even believe about the horrible things that the Jewish had to go through just because they weren't German. I could never imagine what they went though. This book was by far one of the greatest books I have ever read and I am so glad that I read it. To read this book did not take me very long because I was reading this non stop because it was so good and I was ju ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Nikhil by: Adam Kohn
This book is bested on the true story of a Jewish boy named Yanek, who lived in Poland during WWII. When the Germans came to occupy Poland, they forced Yanek and other Jews into tightly packed Ghettos. Most of Yanek's family was taken away to various places, never to be seen again. Then, Yanek was taken away to a concentration camp. He moved through 9 others. He got a tattoo on his arm "B-3087" which was his prisoners number. Yanek changed his name to Jack Gruener at the end of the war and moved ...more
Trigger warnings: Holocaust, violence, concentration camps, death of a parent, death of a friend, death of a family member, war, executions, genocide.

This is an absolutely fascinating and largely true story. But at the same time, I wanted it to be longer. This book is only 260 pages and yet it covers Yanek's childhood in Poland, the outbreak of war, his family hiding on the roof of their apartment building, and then his experiences in TEN different concentration camps. And while I was hooked to
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good.

This book was really good and way to read. It kept you hooked from the beginning.I'm glad these stories are told so people won't forget
Dec 05, 2014 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
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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 has

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