This is the true story of Jews and Gypsies in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation.But it is also the story of a street orphan who survives on quick thinking schemes to find food, who believes in bread, mothers and angels. A tragic but beautiful account through the eyes of the innocent, about the Holocaust. Age 12+.
This is a remarkable book - a great story that is funny and moving, but at the same time, quite harrowing. -- The Bookseller 20040101 A book which must now constitute the most remarkable of children's Holocaust fiction. -- Books for Keeps 20040301 Concise, controlled, cleanly and crisply written, Milkweed incorporates the moving, the funny and the profound with consummate skill. A triumph. -- Carousel 20060401 A tremendously powerful and poignant novel. Jerry Spinelli takes us to a devastating period of history but tells a poetic tale of heartbreak and survival ... A reader cannot fail to be moved with this story. -- School Librarian 20040401 Milkweed is fresh and vital. The writing is vivid and as funny as it is uncompromising in its depiction of the horrors of life ... Sentimentality is successfully avoided and the whole rings of authentic experience while also bearing the marks of a fine piece of storytelling. -- The Guardian 20040901