Milkweed

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Ember, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
45 Reviews
A stunning novel of the Holocaust from a Newbery Medalist

He's a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Filthy son of Abraham.

He's a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He's a boy who steals food for himself, and the other orphans. He's a boy who believes in bread, and mothers, and angels.

He's a boy who wants to be a Nazi, with tall, shiny jackboots of his own-until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind.

And when the trains come to empty the Jews from the ghetto of the damned, he's a boy who realizes it's safest of all to be nobody.

Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli takes us to one of the most devastating settings imaginable-Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II-and tells a tale of heartbreak, hope, and survival through the bright eyes of a young Holocaust orphan.
 

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User Review  - alaina.loescher - LibraryThing

This book really made me feel a ton of emotion. While kids are learning about WWII, I think that this book would be a lot more meaningful as it gives kids an idea of what it felt like to actually be ... Read full review

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User Review  - juniperSun - LibraryThing

The young boy has no name but accepts what anyone wants to call him. He is small enough and fast enough to steal enough food to eat--until the war comes, Nazis invade Warsaw, and food becomes scarce ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Jerry Spinelli is the author of many books for young readers, including Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Eggs; Smiles to Go; Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; Wringer, a Newbery Honor Book; Crash; and Knots in My Yo-yo String, his autobiography. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.

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