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Newbery Medal-winning author Jerry Spinelli (Maniac McGee, Stargirl) paints a vivid picture of the streets of the Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II, as seen through the eyes of a curious, kind, heartbreakingly naïve orphan with many names. His name is Stopthief when people shout "Stop! Thief!" as he flees with stolen bread. Or it's Jew, "filthy son of Abraham," depending on who's talking to him. Or, maybe he's a Gypsy, because his eyes are black, his skin is dark, and he wears a mysterious yellow stone around his neck. His new friend and protector Uri forces him to take the name Misha Pilsudski and to memorize a made-up story about his Gypsy background so that no one will mistake him for a Jew and kill him. Misha, a very young boy, is slow to understand what's happening around him. When he sees people running, he thinks it's a race. Nazis (Jackboots, as the children call them) marching through the streets appear to him as a delightful parade of magnificent boots. He wants to be a Jackboot! (Uri smacks him for saying this.) He compares bombs to sauerkraut kettles, machine guns to praying mantises, and tanks to "colossal gray long-snouted beetles." The story of Misha and his band of orphans trying to survive on their own would have a deliciously Dickensian quality, if it weren't for the devastation around them--people hurrying to dig trenches to stop Nazi tanks, shops exploding in flames, the wailing of sirens, buzzing airplanes, bombs, and human torture. Spinelli has written a powerfully moving story of survival--readers will love Misha the dreamer and his wonderfully poetic observations of the world around him, his instinct to befriend a Jewish girl and her family, his impulse to steal food for a local orphanage and his friends in the ghetto, and his ability to delight in small things even surrounded by the horror of the Holocaust. A remarkable achievement. (Ages 11 and older) --Karin Snelson



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 nobody.

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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August 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Milkweed (Readers Circle)
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 1-4395-2204-9 / 978-1-4395-2204-2 (USA edition)
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September 2005 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Milkweed (Readers Circle (Prebound))
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-7569-5099-6 / 978-0-7569-5099-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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September 2005 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Milkweed (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 1-4176-8223-X / 978-1-4176-8223-2 (USA edition)
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January 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-439-67697-5 / 978-0-439-67697-7 (USA edition)
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2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Milkweed [Hardcover] by Jerry Spinelli
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-439-68236-3 / 978-0-439-68236-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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December 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Milkweed: A Novel
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-7862-6146-3 / 978-0-7862-6146-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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November 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Milkweed (Black Apples)
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 1-84362-484-2 / 978-1-84362-484-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orchard Books
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September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-375-81374-8 / 978-0-375-81374-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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September 2003 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-375-91374-2 / 978-0-375-91374-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Milkweed (Random House Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-375-86147-5 / 978-0-375-86147-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ember
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November 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-606-34355-5 / 978-0-606-34355-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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October 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-7862-8086-7 / 978-0-7862-8086-5 (USA edition)
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September 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Milkweed (Readers Circle)
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-439-67695-9 / 978-0-439-67695-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
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September 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-440-42005-9 / 978-0-439-67695-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 1-84362-485-0 / 978-1-84362-485-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orchard Books, London
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Audio Editions

May 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
Publisher: Listening Library
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May 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Milkweed
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May 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Milkweed
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September 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Milkweed (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-8072-2001-9 / 978-0-8072-2001-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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September 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-8072-1858-8 / 978-0-8072-1858-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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January 2003 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-8072-1859-6 / 978-0-8072-1859-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

May 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Milkweed
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September 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Milkweed
Author(s): Jerry Spinelli
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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