Milkweed Themes

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A young boy whose only dream was to become a Jackboot is now crushed after experiencing the havoc and pain they put thousands of people through. A boy with no name, no family, and no record of his past is doing all he can to survive during World War ll. Stealing, hiding, rebelling and all at the age of eight. This boy is finally given the name of ‘Misha’ and he goes through disasters while meeting new people along the way. Everything is starting to go good for him again, but the day the trains come is the day his life changes for good. This is the book Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli. A thrilling book about a young boy who survived the deadliest time in history that’s sure to hook in the readers. “Time went by. I talked enough, stole enough and sold enough to buy a steamship ticket, and I joined the multitudes going to America… I learned English. I went on talking. In America that means I was a salesman… Then I got my big break. I was hired to sell a miracle vegetable chopper on the boardwalk…”(Spinelli 200). The theme of this novel is there is always a light in the darkness. This was demonstrated when everything had been taken away from Misha so he had nothing, but he never gave up. He never …show more content…

I would recommend it to anyone from the ages of 12 and above who is interested in learning about the holocaust. It was a very informational book and the main character, Misha, could relate to what the actual people went through during the holocaust. For example, many people tried to hide but everyone was eventually found and brought to the Ghettos like Misha. To me, this book was an 8 out of 10. I rated it this because it was very interesting and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. Like when Janina and Misha were hiding from the Jackboots, I never wanted to stop reading so I could find out what happened. Overall, this book was great and it taught me alot about what people were feeling throughout this horrible

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