Alan Gratz is the author of books like “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and “Refugee”.

He has won many awards for his writing, including a Newbery Honor.

Gratz’s books often deal with difficult topics like the Holocaust and refugees, but he manages to tell these stories in a way that is accessible to young readers.

Prisoner B-3087, Code of Honor, Grenade, Something Rotten, and Refugee are among Alan Michael Gratz’s 17 novels for young adults.

Gratz was born in the city of Knoxville in the state of Tennessee.

He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a B.A. in creative writing and a master’s degree in English education.

You will find below a curated collection of the best ‘Alan Gratz’ quotes that you can read and share with others.


Alan Gratz Quotes

Cruelty to prisoners the Nazis could abide. But not cruelty to animals. ~ Alan Gratz.

No. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning, Lito said, looking up into the red-tinged clouds. A storm is coming. ~ Alan Gratz.

Head down, hoodie up, eyes on the ground. Be unimportant. Blend in. ~ Alan Gratz.

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Fear isn’t a weakness. Anyone who’s never been afraid is a fool. ~ Alan Gratz.

That’s what libraries were for: to make sure that everybody had the same access to the same books everyone else did. ~ Alan Gratz.

I had managed to scare even the monsters, and when you can scare monsters, you can be sure you’ve become one yourself. ~ Alan Gratz.

What were they thinking, those little German children? Did they see animals when they looked at us, or people? I wasn’t so sure myself anymore. ~ Alan Gratz.

Michael, it’s terrible to say so, but sometimes you have to weigh the cost of one man’s life against the value of an entire operation. ~ Alan Gratz.

Best Alan Gratz Quotes

If no one saw them, no one could help them. And maybe the world needed to see what was really happening here. ~ Alan Gratz.

Probably because for all the amazing things books can do, they can’t make you into a bad person. ~ Alan Gratz.

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They lined the men up against a wall in the assembly yard. Rat-tat-tat-tat! The watch officer gunned them down himself, riddling their bodies with bullets. ~ Alan Gratz.

You Americans think you can fix everything by throwing money at it, she added. But your friend was right. This is like the Stone Age. Because no one will let us get past the Stone Age. Not when there is nothing but war. Do you understand? The best thing you can do to help us is leave us alone. ~ Alan Gratz.

How do you explain to someone else why a thing matters to you if it doesn’t matter to them? How can you put into words how a book slips inside of you and becomes a part of you so much that your life feels empty without it? ~ Alan Gratz.

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Life is but a river. It has no beginning, no middle, no end. All we are, all we are worth, is what we do while we float upon it – how we treat our fellow man. ~ Alan Gratz.

Josef followed the small group of kids through the raised doorway onto the bridge of the St. Louis. The bridge was a narrow, curving room that stretched from one side of the ship to the other. Bright sunlight streamed in through two dozen windows, offering a panoramic view of the vast blue-green Atlantic and wispy white clouds. Throughout the wood-decked room were metal benches with maps and rulers on them, and the walls were dotted with mysterious gauges and meters made of shining brass. ~ Alan Gratz.

Fight against the impossible and win. ~ Alan Gratz.

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. ~ Alan Gratz.

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You can live as a ghost, waiting for death to come, or you can dance. ~ Alan Gratz.

But as she watched Lito and Papi lift up Ivan’s body, the empty place inside got bigger and bigger, until she was more empty than full. ~ Alan Gratz.

Good books shouldn’t be hidden away. They should be read by as many people as many times as possible. ~ Alan Gratz.

Top Alan Gratz Quotes

He writes stories about different cultures. He uses examples from his own life and from the lives of people he knows to help make his stories interesting. For example, one of his books is called "The Brooklyn Nine." It's a story about a boy who is drafted into the baseball team in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940s.

It was easy to see the worst of humanity, when all I saw was brutality and selfishness, and these people showed me that there was still good in the world. Even if I rarely saw it. ~ Alan Gratz.

There was no letter in the Jewish stars though. No matter where we had come from, we had no country. We were only Jews. ~ Alan Gratz.

Being brave doesn’t mean not being scared. It means overcoming your fear to do what you have to do. ~ Alan Gratz.

There were some horrors you couldn’t fight and couldn’t change. The real courage was just in enduring them. ~ Alan Gratz.

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None of the boys were studying for the math test we had today, because none of them cared. ~ Alan Gratz.

That means letting them read books that are too easy for them, or too hard for them. That means letting them read books that challenge them, or do nothing but entertain them. And yes, it means letting students read books with things in them we might disagree with and letting them make up their own minds about things, which is downright scary sometimes. But that’s what good education is all about. ~ Alan Gratz.



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