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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.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on January 1, 2006 by Listening Library
16 Book Reviews
  • applemango
    applemangoabout 2 years55 stars
    This is about a boy named Misha and Uri and the whole double deck gang....they steal food and run.....Misha is very agile and escapes really fast his favorite thing to steal is a hazelnut buttercream chocolate....he is a gypsy and he get's into the ghetto and meets a new friend Jania....and they go out to steal every night....smuggling....until when Jania and Misha accidentely gets into a train set to a concertration camp....Misha get' out but Jania doesn't and Misha goes on with a life finding out that Uri betrayed him................................
    • ah2006
      ah2006over 3 yearsFeatured
      Everyone calls him Jew, Gypsy, Stop theif! He steels food for himself and dreams about being a Jackboot. He believes in mothers, angels, and bread. Until all of that changes. A train comes and takes his sister. His heart is broken and he decides it's best to be nobody. What I liked about it is that there was never a dull moment. This book is reccomended for people who like adventures. Over all, this book is great for grade 5 and up because there are some big words in it. I hope you liked this book as much as I did!
      • blueartgirl21
        blueartgirl21over 3 years
        He's called Jew, Gypsy, stop thief, Misha Pilsudski. Misha's a boy who wants to be a Nazi untill he figures out what they actually do. He has to steal food to live. Then one day when the trains come and take his sister he doesn't know who its safe to be so he decides its best to be nobody. " Milkweed" is a good book for ages 10 and up because there are some words that are hard to understand. This book is a good book if you like adventures. Does Misha survive all the bad stuff that's happening? Read the book to find out more. By: blueartgirl21
        • awesome125
          awesome125over 3 years
          The book Milkweed is about a little Jewish boy who lives on the streets of Warsaw after his parents were kidnapped by Nazis. The Nazis hate Jews and are after them all the time to catch them and kill them or keep the Jews as slaves. The little boy who lives all alone finds a friend named Uri who takes care of the boy and protects him. There all alone until they find an orphanage that is willing to take them in as apart of there family of orphans. From then on they have to steal food to survive, will they? Milkweed aims for kids 9-13 and I rate this book 4 stars.
          • rooover 4 years
            • rooover 4 years
              i want to read it so bad
              • steven over 4 years
                this is a good book it talk how in a friendship you need to do some scarified also it one of the main theme is family is very important, the Author of this book is Jerry Spinelli he is a great author , some of the main character are stop this= misha, Uri, and Janina, this book is really cool.
                • Hasaanover 4 years
                  Milkweed By Jerry Spinelli is a great book. It is about A boy who has forgot his memories and while stealing bread he finds a boy name Uri. They become friends and have to pass many obstacles together like Jackboots the ghetto and bombs.There are funny parts in the book and both sad. I recommend this book if you like history.
                  • Friendly Riderover 4 years
                    wow, cheetahluver, your review was really good!
                    • HappyFace123over 5 years
                      I want to read it