He’s a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Runt. Happy. Fast. 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 some day,... show more
He’s a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Runt. Happy. Fast. 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 some day, with tall shiny jackboots and a gleaming Eagle hat 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 of World War II—and tells a tale of heartbreak, hope, and survival through the bright eyes of a young orphan.From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: September 13th 2005
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
, World War II
MILKWEED By Jerry Spinelli 208 pages Published (first published January 1st 2003) ISBN: 0439682363 (ISBN13: 9780439682367) Set in Warsaw, Poland from prior to World War II and following an orphan with many names in his quest to survive not only living in the streets, but, also, in the Warsa...
Very intense. Very few likable characters (thinking back on Spinelli's other books I'm not sure character is a strength of his). Not a bad story, but the ending leaves something to be desired.
Hidden is a graphic novel that does a good job introducing the idea of the Holocaust to young readers without being overtly violent. Hidden features a grandmother, Dounia, who is telling her granddaughter about her experiences during World War II. Dounia wore the star of David, was hidden by her par...
Moving if somewhat bizarre Holocaust fiction. It's the story of a young orphan boy in Warsaw during World War II. I really don't know how to describe the book. It's a very emotional read and while Spinelli's heavy use of dramatic irony render the book an effective teaching tool (it's used in the Heb...
I read this book when I was barely old enough to understand what the Holocaust was about. I've read it over and over and it is still, to this day, the only Spinelli book I like. It's beautiful and so incredibly heartbreaking.