Milkweed is a historical fiction book that is set in Poland during World War II. The characters are orphaned Jewish boys who run around stealing food and supplies to survive during the war. The main character is a little boy who has been orphaned so long, he can’t remember who his family is. He doesn’t even know his name…he thinks that his name is “Stop Thief”, because that is what people shout at him all the time. Uri, a teenaged orphan, decides to befriend him and give Stop Thief a new identity: Mischa
This book is by my favorite author, Jerry Spinelli, and he does a fantastic job of describing the hardships of Jewish people during Hitler’s reign, but he does it through a child’s eyes. Oftentimes, Spinelli use sarcastic humor to bring the characters and their problems to life. There are some parts throughout the book that could upset you or that use strong language, but I think it’s worth it. I recommend this book to people who like learning about history. I give it 5 stars.