Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli


byJerry Spinelli

Kobo ebook | September 9, 2003

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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Title:MilkweedFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 9, 2003Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375890378

ISBN - 13:9780375890376


Rated 4 out of 5 by from From a child's POV I felt that Milkweed started off slow but wow... that ending. I teared up and the story stayed with me days later. It reminded me of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (by John Boyne) because it's told through a child's eyes. There is an innocence about the grave and horrifying things happening around him.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where do I begin... This book pretty well brought me to tears (and I am not at all an emotional person) and had me thinking about it for the next few weeks. That is all I will say, don't hesitate to read it
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story The children's confusion and the adults' silence throughout the story really tugs at the heart strings. Identity plays a huge part in the story, as several characters struggle with coming to terms with their own identity. The ending will lead readers to think more about why certain characters stayed silent while others chose to be openly vocal.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm Not Crying, You're Crying I bought this book mostly because I loved Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I wasn't sure what to expect reading a book about the Holocaust. Not going to lie, as I read the book, I often thought of the boy to be a little stupid at times. But he gradually grew on me. I loved the rawness of his thoughts and his innocence. At the end, I ended up crying. Definitely a must-read!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Perspective. This novel tells the story of the Holocaust from the eyes of a innocent child, giving it a new perspective.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Through the eyes of s child #plumreview Milkweed is a story that will stay with me. Told from the point of view of a young boy, alone in the streets of Warsaw as the Nazis move in, Milkweed is a story of not understanding, of coping, and ultimately of surviving. I will be looking for more books by Jerry Spinelli.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking yet Beautiful Written from the perspective of a young boy surviving during Nazi rule, Milkweed is equal parts heartbreaking and beautiful. A new perspective for young readers learning about the horrific treatment of people during the holocaust, Milkweed is relatable, well developed and impossible to put down.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Milkweed I loved this book at the beginning I wasn't much into it. Then I started to get in to it and I like it a lot I find the end confusing a little though it is a very good book.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enticing, Funny, and Suspenseful! Jerry Spinelli is an amazing author who combines history and his talent of writing to create an amazing story. He is a very good author who deserves one hundred percent props for his highly skilled writing in "Milkweed". This was an epic story with an odd chain of events that occur in Warsaw, Germany at the time of World War II. The book ends in a very creative and surprising twist that will make readers and listeners cry. An honestly amazing read. With an amazing hook it will drag readers in against will. A very surprising beginning and end. Spinelli has the ability to make you feel like you're actually in the war and the ghetto. The suspense of the events gives you shivers and goose bumps. With the true events that took place in Warsaw at the time of World War II along with creative writing, this is a true historical fiction. True events with fictional characters to teach you about what happened in the war. An enticing, funny, suspenseful, and witty must read book drags in the power of joy and sorrow. Jerry Spinelli has the ability to manipulate facts from the past to perfect his writing. Four thumbs up and a ten star rating. Jerry Spinelli is a truly skilled author. By C.T. Grade 7; age 12
Date published: 2011-12-02