Milkweed

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Random House Children's Books, Sep 9, 2003 - Young Adult Fiction - 312 pages
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A stunning novel of the Holocaust from Newbery Medalist, Jerry Spinelli

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  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

This didn't really stand out for me as a piece of Holocaust literature. It was boring and stagnant. The main character meant little to me. He was devoid of most emotions so everything was presented very flatly and matter-of-fact. Read full review

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User Review  - christopher.kyle1706 - LibraryThing

He is a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Runt. Happy. Fast. Filthy son of Abraham. He is a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw a boy who steals,a boy who wants to be a nazi, and a jackboot. Until ... Read full review

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Contents

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7
IV
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V
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VIII
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XXIV
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XXXIV
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XXXVI
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XXXIX
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About the author (2003)

JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Warden's Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.


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