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Meet the Author: Alan Gratz


Alan Gratz returns to the bookstore with his new historical fiction book, Grenade. This follow-up to the bestselling, critically acclaimed phenomenon Refugee, is another searing and heart-pounding look at kids making their way through war.

Recommended for readers ages 10 and up.

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It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war.

Hideki lives with his family on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don't come back until you've killed an American soldier.

Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. This is Ray's first-ever battle, and he doesn't know what to expect -- or if he'll make it out alive. He just knows that the enemy is everywhere.

Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding ambushes and dangerous traps. But then the two of them collide in the middle of the battle...

And choices they make in that single instant will change everything.


Earlier Event: October 7
Meet the Author: Jen Calonita
Later Event: October 9
Meet the Author: Patti Kim