: Milkweed (): Jerry Spinelli: Books. Milkweed and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more. A powerful novel of identity and survival in the Warsaw Ghetto. A boy grows up under Nazi occupation: He lives by stealing and finds few friends and many. Complete summary of Jerry Spinelli’s Milkweed. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Milkweed.

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In this way, Milkweed jjerry to provide an entry point for children to begin learning about this time period without initially turning away in disbelief. Even though that behavior isn’t commendable, in the circumstances, it shows the courage and the lengths to which people had to go to stay alive. From the Hardcover edition. Spinelli is usually good to pull me into the story, but this story just made me feel yucky.

Spine,li, beautifully written, heart-wrenching and suspenseful even if the suspense is more along the lines of WHEN someone’s going to die, not IF I mean, hello, it’s about the Holocaust. I bought Stargirl at the same time and after reading Milkweed I am excited to start reading Stargirl. Her father is a kind man, and next to Uri, the only character that I cared for.

A moving, jerrh, lyrical tale with big appeal. He is a gypsy. I expect better from Spinelli. One day, a parade of Jackboots passes, and Misha tries to catch the mjlkweed of the ugly, unresponsive man jerey he thinks is Himmler, but instead is knocked to the ground by Buffo, a man who enjoys killing Jewish children.


Buffo is a flop working in the Ghetto. Milkweed addresses the themes of survival, caring for others, and existence itself. She is twenty-five years old with a daughter of her own named Wendy.

Lots of people checked the book out so someone must be reading it.

Spinelli tells of a boy who is fast, smart, and lucky enough to escape the Nazis. Then Uri told me.

Think about the title—where does milkweed appear in this novel? Do you think Misha is able to stop running at the end of the novel? 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. What a powerful book. Janina drags Misha to the Ghetto only to find the room where they had lived deserted.

Milkweed Reader’s Guide

On top of that, I felt like the writing was just For him, it is a symbol of endurance; it is a symbol of his survival. I read the book in about two days and did like the story and was quite captivated by it. Misha Stopthieflike Bruno, seemed naive beyond what I considered reasonable. She willfully causes a scene to get her way, and refuses to accept that her situation has changed.

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However, I really could do without the ending. Lots of anti-Semitic talk from everyone, and, of course, the genocidal treatment of the Jews in Warsaw.


Sep 09, Minutes. I never felt that spark – I was waiting for more. He brought back whatever food he could find and fit through the small hole.

Learn More About Milkweed print. This boy spunelli nothing about himself – not his name, not where he lives, not even his age. Milkweed, told from the perspective of a young orphan growing up on the streets in Warsaw and later in the Warsaw ghetto, has all the ingredients for a thought-provoking exploration of what would be challenging and important themes for readers for any age.

He could not be shut up.

Lots of people checked the book out so someone must be re Outstanding book. The unrelenting parade of brutality against Jews that the narrator witnesses comes across as voyeuristic rather than educational. The story and characters were so well developed up to that point.

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He has also befriended a girl, Janina, who has a family. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Readers will be gripped by this story of a young orphan in Warsaw. Although they are hungry and grieving, the Milgroms still celebrate Hanukkah—even after their silver menorah has been stolen.