Milkweed

Jerry Spinelli

A flyer by Natalie Nichole Gunderman

This is the Holocaust.

What is my name? Why are people shooting guns? Who are the men in those incredible shiny black boots? What is that man doing, cleaning the sidewalk with his beard! Why are all these people running? What is happening?

My name is Misha, and people are shooting at the Jews. Oh, and those men in the super cool boots? Not cool. Those are the Nazis. They are the reason that man is scrubbing the sidewalk with his beard, and the reason all the people are running. And kid, you don't know it yet, but this is the Holocaust.

Of course, I know these answers now, but I didn't before. I was young when it started- the holocaust, I mean- and I had no memory of anything. No recollection of my family, my hometown, even my name. But lucky for me, Uri found me and took care of me. He gave me my name, and a home, and introduced me to the orphan kids. I'm lucky, because if it weren't for Uri, I wouldn't be writing this right now.

  • This book taught me that the Nazis put up a wall called the Ghetto to keep the Jews inside.
  • The Nazis sprayed Jews with water and left them out to freeze in the winter.
  • They took Jews to concentration camps for no reason, and without warning.

4 out of 5 stars

Who should read this book?

Anyone who is interested in survival books, or is interested in learning about the cruel things the Nazis did to Jews