Milkweed (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Milkweed (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Jerry Spinelli

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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.  See more details below


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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Demco Media
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
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10 - 14 Years

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Milkweed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 324 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One word, WOW! That was heartbreaking,at times funny,outstanding, how else can I describe this book. Milkweed really got inside of you, made you feel , and when I was done with the book I was still left in aw. It is amazing how this book ended, the very last words were amazing, everything, amazing. One of my favorites.
24717 More than 1 year ago
The book Milkweed; covers the theme of how friends and family help you out when you need it most. The caracoter in this story Misha had a survival of the finish; he had the steal everything he needed: clothes, food, and anything he could get his hands on. He never had a family or at least that he knew of. He was a very fast runner, very small, and could fit throw the crowds of the Warsaw. He didn't know that much. He got picked up off the streets to live with Uri, who washed him up and took care of him. They all ended up in the Warsaw Ghetto. He survived many cold nights, fights, shortage on food, and cruel treatment. I really like this book, because it showed passion. Jerry made this book understandable for a 10 year old. He gave you a mystery of what was going on next. There are a lot of things that go unexplained. Friends and family help you out with a lot, and are always there when you need them the most. I really loved this book.
jibbles More than 1 year ago
A story about a young boy who is living through WWII trying to stay alive Misha Pilsudski is the boys name he runs the streets of Warsaw with his friend Uri. Uri is an older boy who is trying to help Misha steal food and keep him out of trouble. Until Misha is taken to the ghetto along with the Milgram family. In the ghetto he smuggles food for his family to keep them from starving. Misha tries his hardest to keep food on the table but as the war goes on supply of food becomes lower and he really doesn't understand why. They survive through the ghetto but Nobody knows how much longer they will live.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely Amazing! I loved this book so much. I picked it up on a whim but the very first pages pull you in and you can't put it down. It was so raw and the characters were so real. You felt everything with Misha and throughout the book you felt this young boys inoccence in a world he has come to accept as normal. Read this! You will not regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be the most touching and amazing book i have ever read in my entire life... it had me in tears at the end !! I loved it ! Definetly worth reading !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in 8th grade and we didn't have enough days left of school to finash the book so I stole it, finashed it that night, and brought it back the next day. I cried off and on throughout the book, but was surprised by how much I was sobbing. I was at least glad we didn't end up reading it in school. This book surprised me by how interested I was. I had alot of backround knoledge about WW2, it being a topic that interested me, but who would have thought a book from school could be so cool. I still don't understand why Uri shot Misha, though...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to read it once for school asignment.. dreaded the idea but once i read it... WOW! Ya it was totaly amazing loved every word of it and still think of it to this day Absolutely loved it! *Be warned tissues may be needed*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was outstanding it really did make me understand and appreciate the subject more . Many bad things happened in this book but bad things happen all the time and Im glad that i know that now so I know the facts. Spinelli is my favorite author of all time and this is my favorite book I totaly reccomend it to anyone but it does get a little scary and a lot sad. Overal, it was a great book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing its heartbreaking an funny! Get this book you wont regret it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading it for reading... i think it is amazing because he seems really fun and interesting..... i also love how the author gets in detail about life in it!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about the holoucaust and it is VERY sad. And dark. And creepy at times. But it is heartwarming and pleasureable, and thankfuly, a quick read. Everybody should experience the pain in this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book ever. I read it in 5th grade for the first time and I'm still reading it over and over 7 years later
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Myteacher started reading this book in class to us and when she said its by jerry spinnelli i was like NOOOOO!!!! But then it tirned out to be REALLY REALLY good i recomend for people 10-14
Swiper25321 More than 1 year ago
The book Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli covers the theme of survival. Milkweed is a very good book. Misha, Stoptheif, Jew, Gipsy, were some of the name the boy had. He stole his food, clothes, and much more. A man named Uri helped him because he was small, a fast runner, and great at steeling things he needed. The Nazi threw all the jews into the Warsaw ghetto including Misha. They did not get much food. Misha was small and able to get passed the wall through a small hole in the wall to steal some food for his new family and his friend that helped him. The book will make you want to cry and laugh. Misha goes through a lot during his childhood like cold winter nights, hunger, and cruel jackboots. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli is a great book. It's very easy to understand and there are some things that go unexplained throughout the book. It makes you wonder what happens next! Your final review It makes me think that anyone can get through anything. I didn't think I would like it at first because I don't like reading but this book make me want to read more of his books. I loved it!
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
Milkweed, by Jerry Spinelli, is an amazing book. it is full of hope, compassion, and a gripping story plot. everything that makes a great book is included. one of the best things about this book is the characters. they are all so real to life, and all full of personality and their own spunk. my favorite character in the book is the young boy, the main character. at the beginning, he doesn't have a name, but at the end of the book, he finally receives one, but to find out what it is, you will have to read the book;) this book really, really, helped me understand the emotion and suffering in the Holocaust. sure, in school we read about it, and we studied it and had speakers talk to us, and I understood it was a horrible, horrible thing. but jerry Spinelli puts such.. emotion, such passion into every chapter, its like the words come to life with a stronger meeting, and they really move you. it made me believe that people really did have hope and courage during the Holocaust. this book gripped me and made me want to keep on reading, to find out if there would be a happy ending. imagine you are in a bookstore, and you are looking for a good book. does one book ever just, catch your eye? and you don't know the reason? that's just how gripping this book is. another great thing about this book is it is written from a child's point of view, so there are things in is that usually wouldn't be included. you really have to get into this book to understand it, because jerry Spinelli writes in a very.. intellectual style. I don't really have words to describe the way it is written, so you'll just have to read it for yourself. so what are you waiting for?? stop reading this, and read the book already:) because believe me, you will not be sorry.
thefeeller More than 1 year ago
a story about a different boy in a different and changing world. this book will leave you laughing and crying. telling about the nasty horrible things that the Nazis or "jackboots" as called in this book did to the innocent people of the world. a story of hope, sadness, and remembrance. A story of how a boy living in the streets can suddenly belong to a family and have friends and then suddenly lose it all together. How the coming to America was a symbol of a new begging and a family start again.
-Belle- More than 1 year ago
This is a spectacular story about a boy who learns about the good, bad, and the ugly in this world and the worst part...he learns about the ugliest part of the world during the ugliest phase in history. However, he never stops remembering... This story will leave you dazed and feeling for those who endured the Holocaust. It really gets you inside the head of a little boy who grows up during this tragic time. This is a very realistic fictional story, and you will never forget it.
Zinnania More than 1 year ago
Milkweed is the story of a young, gypsy boy who grows up in the middle of war-stricken Warsaw. He is thrown into a ghetto were dead people equal new shoes and Nazi soldiers walk around in shiny, black, beautiful boots. It is a story about growing up as a gypsy, a Nazi, a Jew and a nobody. Normally, when I pick up Holocaust-era books, other novels like Number the Stars and The Diary of Anne Frank come to mind, and I immediately hesitate to pick it up. With Milkweed, it was somehow different. The book just looked attractive and interesting, so I made an exception to my hatred for cliché 'children of the Holocaust' books, and decided to read it, and boy did I make the right decision. I loved Milkweed from beginning to end. I loved the fact the main character was not another stereotypical Jewish kid, and how the writing came alive in each page, making me laugh, cry and enjoy every single word. Milkweed is written beautifully, and is for sure a book that will have you reaching for the tissue box more than once. Jerry Spinelli somehow manages to make the story realistic, while maintaining the fantasy and innocence a child feels towards many aspects of life. I realize that I just wrote a whole paragraph praising this book, but I don't whole-heartedly recommend it. This is a book that should be read by someone who has an idea of the events that occurred during the Holocaust, but who is also eager to learn about it, since an avid Holocaust reader might find minor in-congruencies that they might find annoying. I also recommend this book for strong people who can take in all of the pain and tragedy of the Holocaust era. As a last thought I would like to add that I would not mind reading this book again, and hope anyone who will read it enjoys it as much as I have. ?
Anonymous 6 months ago
It defines the holocaust in such a good story. A boy with no identity. Not knowing anything about jews. We learn as he does. The book also has some funny parts. It s definatly a must read I would say for ages 10 and up. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would be a really bad book but nooooo this book is so awesome i just so love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I felt like I was in the story! I loved it !
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I can't even explain how many emotions I went through while reading thus book. Only being 14, I have to be totally honest, I cried at the end. Even when the book was completely over I still felt like their lives were going on. While reading Milkweed, I had strong connection to every character. They are well described, they all have a different personality and that's what makes them so unique. The excitement in this book just blew me away! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No will yes well no maby yes oo I forgot to read it NO