Reader Review: Milkweed, a novel by Jerry Spinelli, tells the tale of Jewish/Gypsy smuggler Misha Pilsudski. Through his young eyes, Misha describes his struggle to survive during the WWII Holocaust.With the help of his friends Uri, Kuba, Enos, and "little sister" Janina, Misha finds light in the dark world of the Warsaw Ghetto. The plot, though somewhat uneventful, gives the reader rich details about Jewish children during the time period. The innocent writing style sugar-coats the true horrors of the Holocaust, yet gives insight to a child's perspective. Misha and other characters generally remain consistent with their thoughts and actions throughout the novel, but obviously mature as they undergo the traumatic events of the Holocaust. Spinelli accurately portrays life in the Warsaw Ghetto where Misha learn to stay strong and true to yourself. Readers of any age will enjoy this unique take on the WWII Holocaust
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.
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|Title of eBook: Milkweed|
|Release Date: 09-09-2003|
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|Publisher: Random House Children's Books|
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I am running.
That’s the first thing I remember. Running. I carry something, my arm curled around it, hugging it to my chest. Bread, of course. Someone is chasing me. “Stop! Thief!” I run. People. Shoulders. Shoes. “Stop! Thief!”
Sometimes it is a dream. Sometimes it is a memory in the middle of the day as I stir iced tea or wait for soup to heat. I never see who is chasing and calling me. I never stop long enough to eat the bread. When I awaken from dream or memory, my legs are tingling.
He was dragging me, running. He was much bigger. My feet skimmed over the ground. Sirens were screaming. His hair was red. We flew through streets and alleyways. There we thumping noises, like distant thunder. The people we bounced off didn’t seem to notice us. The sirens were screaming like babies. At last we plunged into a dark hole.
“You’re lucky,” he said. “Soon it won’t be ladies chasing you. It will be Jackboots.”
“Jackboots?” I said.
I wondered who the Jackboots were. Were unfooted boots running along the streets?
“Okay,” he said, “hand it over.”
“Hand what over?” I said.
He reached into my shirt and pulled out the loaf of bread. He broke it in half. He shoved one half at me and began to eat the other.
“You’re lucky I didn’t kill you,” he said. “That lady you took this from, I was just getting ready to snatch it for myself.”
“I’m lucky,” I said.
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3 of 7 people found the following eBook Review Helpful
Very sad book!
October 26, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from xxxxx
I had read some of Jerry's other books and thought they were very good. So I decided to buy this one, I dint kno what to expect. It was such a sad book, I must have cried through out the whole book. I like Jerry's style of writing. Even though its so sad its so captivating, you do want to read it again. Overall, its ery good, you do get an insight to want hapened during thoose years and how cruel people were, but its a story you'll remember forever. Defently recommend.
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