27 Alan Gratz Quotes from the Young Adult Fiction Author

Alan Gratz is a young adult fiction author.

Alan Gratz is known for middle-school and young adult books. He studied creative writing and English education working various jobs including teaching.

Gratz’s debut “Samurai Shortstop” (2006) blends samurai traditions and baseball.

He wrote the Horatio Wilkes Mysteries “Brooklyn Nine” and “Prisoner B-3087” a WWII thriller.

Alan Gratz Quotes

His League of Seven Trilogy features friends fighting evil. Gratz’s later works include thrillers like “Code of Honor” and “Projekt 1065” exploring themes of war and identity.

Here are some of the best quotes by Alan Gratz.

Top 10 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.


Fight against the impossible and win. ~ Alan Gratz.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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

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.

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


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.

Famous Alan Gratz Quotes

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.

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.


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

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


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.

So these were the 27 top quotes about Alan Gratz.

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