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Filthy son of Abraham. Until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind. 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. Paperbackpages. Published September 13th by Laurel Leaf first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Milkweedplease sign up. You are either 1. I love Jerry Spinelli’s work and I find stories about the holocaust fascinating, but the more reviews I read it makes me wonder if the book is worth the read? Rachel This is one of my favorite novels of all time. I found it extremely fascinating because it is in the perspective of a naive boy in every senseand …more This is one of my favorite novels of all time.

I found it extremely fascinating because it is in the perspective of a naive boy in every senseand as a reader you see him survive and develop as a character in a cruel world. I would recommend this to every person, for it is a truly remarkable read. See all 9 questions about Milkweed…. Lists with This Book. I initially read this book to determine whether it was appropriate for my 11 year-old daughter to read. Although it is considered a YA novel, any book fiction or non-fiction with a theme centered around the holocaust, is a novel I want to preview before allowing my child to absorb.

I was immediately drawn to the short sentence structure and quick action. From the beginning, the reader is drawn into an eight year-old orphan boy’s innocent view of a world where he must steal, and become virtually I initially read this book to determine whether it was appropriate for my 11 year-old daughter to read.

From the beginning, the reader is drawn into an eight year-old orphan boy’s innocent view of a world where he must steal, and become virtually invisible, to survive.

It’s a quick read; I read it in one day.

It is the boy’s innocent and honest view of milmweed world around him during one of the most horrific times in history that kept me turning the pages. The boy’s innocence and naivete to the chaos and pure hatred surrounding him is touching, and rather humorous at times. Although Milkweed is a work of fiction, it made me wonder how close it came to the inner workings of a child’s mind during this time period.

While the central theme revolves around the time leading up to the holocaust, it only takes the reader through the time when Jews were relocated out of their homes to the ghetto.

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It touches briefly on the time of deportation, when those housed in ghettos were put on trains for human shipment to concentration camps. However, it never visits the horrors of an actual concentration camp. Some of the prevalent messages that stood out for me in Milkweed were those of hope, love and inner happiness at a time when Nazi occupation colored the world gray with irrational hatred and unfair brutality.

I found myself lingering with thoughts of the book long after I read the final page. After reading Milkweed, I would allow my daughter to read it. I think I would rather read it with her though, so if she had any thoughts or questions we could talk about it along the way. View all 4 comments. I’m drawn to the stories of the people – I want to know what it is in us that makes us so cruel to others. I’m fascinated by people’s stories- real or fiction.

I don’t think that they should be ignored or forgotten, and acknowledging them makes me more thankful for the good things that I have in my life. Milkweed is a story of an orphan in s Poland who knows nothing but survival. Not who he is, who other people are, nothing of the world around him. He knows only that he is small and fast and able to snatch food right from under the noses of the people it belongs to.

He is eventually taken in by a gang of orphan kids, and becomes the special ward of one in particular, Uri. I really loved Uri’s character. He’s generous, kind, wise beyond his years, in tune with the world around him, and street smart. He teaches, or tries to teach our main character orphan who he later names Mishaabout life and how to keep it. His character is almost that of a mentor, or older brother to clean-slate Misha, and I loved that he was stern with Misha when Misha obliviously ran dangerous risks that would endanger both Uri’s and Misha’s lives.

He makes sure that when they have a surplus of food, that other orphans receive it. When Misha ends up branded as a Jew and living in a ghetto in Warsaw, the tables turn a bit and he begins to act the “older brother” role for a young girl named Janina.

Janina’s family was once wealthy and well-to-do, and living in the ghetto is a hard adjustment for her. Her father, Tobiasz, takes in Misha as one of the family, and Misha smuggles food in from outside the ghetto to help feed the family, and a house of orphans in the care of another man. Janina takes to following Misha on these trips, which is frustrating to me as a reader, because she’s the epitome of a spoiled brat.

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She refuses to do what she’s told, or to stay inconspicuous. She willfully causes a scene to get her way, and refuses to accept that her situation has changed. I could not understand why Misha stuck by her. I understand that he now considered her and Tobiasz as his family, but I’d have probably beat her to a pulp in that situation. Her father is a kind man, and next to Uri, the only character that I cared for.

He tries to make sure that his daughter is safely away from the ghetto when he finds out that they are being “resettled” elsewhere – a concentration camp – but she stubbornly and selfishly refuses. I couldn’t stand the little brat. It’s hard for me to enjoy a story where so much focus is put on stupid or annoying characters that I cannot relate to. Every decision that Misha or Janina made was contrary to the one that I’d have made in their place.

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Janina ended up right where I thought she would in the end, but until then, every time that she wasn’t caught by the patrols, it was unrealistic and aggravating, because she was essentially doing everything she could to be caught, and just got insanely lucky time after time.

On top of that, I felt like the writing was just I don’t know how to describe it, but it felt simplistic to me, even for a YA book. But at the same time, it felt like it was supposed to be imparting some great truths, and while there were a few good quotes, I didn’t think that there was anything especially profound here.

So, this was OK. Not anywhere close to the best book I’ve read on this subject, but not terrible. I just expected a bit more, I think. View all 20 comments. This is the first Jerry Spinelli book that I have read. I bought Stargirl at the same time and after reading Milkweed I am excited to start reading Stargirl.

Spinelli does well to portray the voice of a young orphan boy in Warsaw. There are a lot of reviews about this and the book “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” that say that it is unbelievable that there were children that did not know what was going on around them.

I really disagree with these statements. I have taught 5th graders and 6th gra This is the first Jerry Spinelli book that I have read. I have taught 5th graders and 6th graders jilkweed had no idea that we are at war with Iraq.

So I do not, personally, find it hard to believe that jerry innocence or lack of knowledge occured even during the WWII Era with the Jews. This was a great book about friendship mjlkweed the importance of families, no matter who they are make up of. I think that it also shows us the importance of belonging. Misha really didn’t care about what group: View all 9 comments. Oct 13, Catherine rated it did not like it Shelves: I love both Maniac Magee and Stargirl, but this book left me cold. I found it unbelievable.

I didn’t really care about the characters. Spinelli is usually good to pull me into the story, but this story just made me feel yucky. I didn’t get the whole “Candy man” in the Ghetto. Where did he come from. Spunelli every story I’ve ever read milkwweed the Holocaust the children and adults are always afraid of the soldiers.

I found the idea of the Misha and Janina taunting the Mint man annoying. It wouldn’t hav I love both Maniac Magee and Stargirl, but this book left me cold. It wouldn’t have jerfy that way. I found the story annoying and trite.