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Milkweed

Format:  Paperback,

208 pages

Publisher: Random House Childrens Books

Publish Date: Mar 2010

ISBN-13: 9780375861475

ISBN-10: 0375861475

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"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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Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Publish Date: Mar 2010
ISBN-13: 9780375861475
ISBN-10: 0375861475
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 8.0 x 0.5
Walmart No.: 9780375861475

About the author

Biography of Spinelli, Jerry

Jerry Spinelli was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1941. He received a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. He worked as an editor with Chilton from 1966 to 1989. He launched his career in children's literature with Space Station 7th Grade in 1982. His other works include Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? (1984), Fourth Grade Rats (1991), Do the Funky Pickle (1992), Who Ran My Underwear up the Flagpole? (1992), and Picklemania (1993). In 1991, he won the Newbery Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Maniac Magee (1990). In 1998, his book Wringer was named a Newbery Honor book.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-05-15)

Both a deceptively simple commentary about the Holocaust and a survival adventure as seen through the eyes of an orphaned eight-year-old. Forced to steal food to survive, the boy, a Jew or a Gypsy, answers to various monikers, such as "Stopthief!" and "Poppynoodle", as he does not know his real name. Before long, he is marched to a Jewish ghetto, where he witnesses atrocities and processes his observations in poetic ways. As his fate, and that of the other ghetto inhabitants, plays out in the novel, the growing sense of evil is all encompassing but leavened by the hope raised by this unwanted child's innocence.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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