Milkweed 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 NobodyNewbery 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

When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player Lucky for us he became a writer instead.He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University He has published than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 not much older than the hero of his

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Milkweed
  • Jerry Spinelli
  • English
  • 04 September 2019
  • 9780440420057

10 thoughts on “Milkweed

  1. says:

    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 invisible, to survive It s a quick read I read it in one day It is the boy s innocent and honest view of the 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 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.

  2. says:

    I hope that nobody will look at me funny when I say that I love reading WWII Holocaust stories I do 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 thankful for the good things that I have in my life Milkweed is a story of an orphan in 1930s 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 Misha , about 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 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 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 off 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 , I think.

  3. says:

    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 graders that had no idea that we are at war with Iraq So I do not, personally, find it hard to believe that this innocence or lack of knowledge occured even during the WWII Era with the Jews This was a great book about friendship and 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 thieves, orphans, Jews, Jackboots, he belonged in, he just wanted to belong.

  4. says:

    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 In every story I ve ever read about 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 have happened that way I found the story annoying and trite I expect better from Spinelli.Edited to Add I think I figured out why this story bothers me so much Spinelli tells of a boy who is fast, smart, and lucky enough to escape the Nazis This story feeds into the fact that victims need to be better, stronger, faster, clever, etc and if they are, they can outsmart their abusers I feel that stories like this perpetuate the myth that the victim is responsible for their own escape from abuse This story is why so many who have not been abused or in horrible situations say things like, Well, why didn t they just walk away Why didn t they tell someone Torture and abuse go so far beyond what normal people realize that normal reactions don t happen when a person is in the thick of horror This story asks the questions Misha was able to walk away from the Ghetto why didn t all those other Jews just walk away from the Ghetto It isn t realistic I feel this story downplays the suffering of those who lived through the death camps and all of those who didn t Why didn t all those other Jews steal food so they didn t starve to death They should have been as smart as Misha who is fictional Now that I ve identified why I don t like this book, I feel better not about the book.

  5. says:

    What a powerful book 4.5 starsIt s so hard to imagine thousands of people being murdered because of the religion they choose to practice However, as we read today s headlines, and we see people, many of whom are in positions of great power, vilifying all Muslims because some are extremist terrorists, honestly the extremist Christians running America right now are a whole lot scarier Let s hope justice catches up to them, and soon.WWII in Poland, young and old starving, doing what they have to do to survive, thousands of Jews being imprisoned, massacred This book brought that whole horrible time up close and personal I lost myself completely in this world, and as brutal as it was, there were glimmers of hope in the kindness of men and women who risked punishment, even death, to stand up for what was right This is a book that will stay with me forever A powerful read, and a beautifully performed audiobook, as well Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it George Santayana

  6. says:

    Hmm, I don t know I loved MOST of the book I grew up trying to learn all I could about war history, so the experiences described in Milkweed were nothing I hadn t read about or seen on film before, but the story of life in Nazi occupied Europe through the eyes of a child, who at first can t even understand what s going on, packs quite an emotional wallop Spinelli s prose in this one contains little of the eloquent fluidity I remember so well from Stargirl the style is choppier, minimalistic and clinical I was a bit put off at first, but now that I ve finished the book I think it serves the story well The Holocaust is so deeply ingrained into our consciousness that it requires no further drama, not when it can be masterfully summed up in the descriptions of the children s actions and their dialogue, i.e What s a ghetto Where the damned live It s chilling and effective that way, and Spinelli certainly knows how to do his stuff I also really like the fact that Janusz Korczak was featured, because I believe the man does not get enough love As for the other characters, well, my tolerance for kids is extremely low, so there were a lot of times I wanted to bang Misha s and Janina s heads together, but that s of a personal aversion than a judgment of the book s quality And the book is quality, indeed Elegant, beautifully written, heart wrenching and suspenseful even if the suspense is along the lines of WHEN someone s going to die, not IF I mean, hello, it s about the Holocaust All in all, it s a thought provoking, worthwhile read that will prove difficult to put down.However, I really could do without the ending I would have given Milkweed 4, maybe even 5 stars if it ends right after the war Instead, I feel that it drags on to a rushed and overly sappy conclusion I get that Spinelli wishes to convey a message of hope, but it s a bit too Babies Ever After for me It even gets a bit preachy, which is something the author has managed to avoid almost miraculously so, for such a politically charged topic until the last few pages, I don t know why I hate the ending so much that it s detracted from my enjoyment of the book to the point that I went from ZOMG THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVAHR to WTF IS THIS CRAP But I guess that s a normal reader reaction when the first setting is built up so well and the second one isn t.

  7. says:

    I loved, loved this book It was so well written and I completely fell in love with the characters I wanted to leap through the pages and save them all I have read some of this author s other works with my boys when they were young He writes youth fiction and is always age appropriate But I haven t loved his other books like I love this one I wish I had come across this particular book when I used to read to my boys It would have brought about a great discussion that would surely have given them food for thought regarding WWII and the lives of children I give this book 5 stars for many reasons It was well written, it was age appropriate, it had a great message, it kept me interested, and the author nailed the basic nature of humans in each character, whether good or bad I usually never read reviews before I have written my own I can t believe how many people have written that this wasn t the best book they have ever read on the WWII and the persecution of Jews, when they were not the intended target audience for this book It wasn t meant to be the best book ever written on WWII or the holocaust I think Spinelli accomplished the telling of this awful time in history in a manner in which kids would understand and even sympathize with, without scaring them for life And I think that is saying a lot, especially when I consider some the inappropriate books my kids have been given to read over the years Just sayin

  8. says:

    It s taken me a little while to put into words a review for this book My son and I have been studying WW2 and the Holocaust We have read and watched numerous stories, fiction and non fiction pertaining to our unit study This book is one of the absolute best Don t get me wrong, the content is difficult, unfathomable and just downright hard to read but if we want to understand history, we can t sugar coat it My son is 11 and became so deeply enthralled by this story that we ended up reading it every day for hours and hours just to get through to the end The story, even though it is a work of fiction, will stay with you for a very long time We even went out and bought a Milkweed plant for our garden after reading this It should be on every middle schoolers required reading list.

  9. says:

    I would venture that this is a read alike for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Set in Poland during World War II Milkweed is told through the unique perspective of one of those lost through the cracks kids Our MC Misha for all intents and purposes is a thief, a runner, an orphan, a gypsy with no memory of his life before the story begins He steals food to survive and has zero awareness of what is going on in his little world outside of the speeding images that he runs past daily Misha stumbles upon a group of boys, thieves like himself, and learns a bit about what is happening and what it means The imagery is startling in it s youthful metaphors and innocence Spinelli uses Misha s voice to show us what the world looked like and what it truly means to be invisible This is one of those books that reminds me I m a monster, or that I have broken eyes, or some such thing. I bet this book makes loads of people cry but not me, my eyes were bone dry.

  10. says:

    There s something special, something real, about Jerry Spinelli s books His style of writing is one of my absolute favourites You don t just read his books You get inside the pages and stand on the street corner while the pickpockets run, the bombs fall, and the Jackboots march in their perfect rows It s not just a story It s your story because you re in it The characters, the plot, the setting, the details, the dialogue all pitch perfect I had to read the whole book in one sitting You lived and breathed with the characters, sharing their laughter, triumph, tears and the hopelessness of their world You start believing in bread, in running, in angels You see why they say mothers aren t real, and neither are oranges Real mother s don t die And, if the war ever ends and life returns to normal, you see why, if you ve always been a homeless thief, there is no normal to return to It s a sad book, sad and happy all at once I don t often find books that capture a world But this one did.

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