A Novel

eBook - 2003
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2003
ISBN: 9780375890376
Characteristics: 1 online resource (208 p.)
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc


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Jul 31, 2018

The author of “Stargirl” takes on another difficult topic for children’s literature: WWII with all its horror, and the Nazi holocaust, seen through the eyes of an orphaned, amnesiac 8-year-old boy. Full of disconcerting details and uncomfortable juxtapositions (but nothing gratuitous), this little book doesn’t hold back when addressing problems that often aren’t to be found in “books for kids”.

May 30, 2017

I loved this book it was heart wrenching and sad and beautiful with glimpses of hope and despair and emotional roller coaster at the very least. It reminds us how precious life is how innocent children are and how horrible war can be. I think adolescence should read this book. I think it's has important lessons, without being overly graphic about the horrors of the Holocaust. There are a few discriptive areas, but it only scratches the surface of what was. Also an easy read.

It was extremely emotional but I just don't think this is my kind of book. However, it did make me think about how lucky I am to have the things I do have, even though I might not have everything that I want. I am lucky to have the family and friends I do and I don't think I could have made it this far without them. But to those who liked it and like this kind of criteria should follow me... try something different, surprise your friends, twist thinks up a little and have a blast!!!

Sep 28, 2012

This by far is my favorite book it's really emotional and I love it!!! I've read it three times

Aug 16, 2012

This book was good, but very hard and sad.

SONE KEITH Jul 29, 2012

This book is emotional and makes you think about your life and how grateful you are to be you and to have a family and things that you are lucky to have.

Jul 12, 2012

Absolutely excellent book! Extremely sad to read. Not recommended for young readers.

Mar 05, 2012

WWII- Fiction

Dec 28, 2011

A very enjoyable read. Doctor-at-Bass T. A.

Sep 22, 2010

I have read over 10 books on the topic of the Holocaust, from Clara's War to Schindler's List. This one is by far my favourite, having expressed from the point of view of a child who doesn't even know who he is.

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