A Novel

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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. "Narrator Ron Rifkin uses a gentle, somber voice that fits the reflective recollection of the main character's flashback into time. His nuances help readers laugh in all the right places." -- AudioFile YALSA Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults
Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library, 2008
ISBN: 9780739360552
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Rifkin, Ron


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Jul 28, 2018

Jerry Spinelli, a famous American writer. His work includes the Newbury Gold Award in 1991 for Maniac Magee, the 1998 Newbury Silver Award for "Wringer", and "Loser" and “Crash” and the autobiographical novel "Knots in My Yo-yo String". His novels are both interesting and intriguing, and are well received by readers. The books are recommended by the American educational and literary critics. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his family.
He is called Little Jewish, Little Gypsy, Stop! Thief!, Misa, Jack... He don't have parents , no past, no knowledge of himself.
He lived in the streets of Warsaw during World War II, and he was ragged and bright. He thought that people running was in the game, the Nazi march was magical and mighty. The bomb was the pickle pot in his eyes, and the machine gun was like a donkey. He played in the horror and looked for laughter in his tears.
He helps the weak to find food and comfort the crying child. He believes and misses bread, oranges, mothers, angels, and dreams of hunger and cold.
He met the Jewish little girl, Nina, and became her best friend. They play together, noisy, and fantasies. Despite the increasingly difficult life and the more solemn street, he still believes that one day happiness will return, and everyone can laugh.
When the train took away the kind and humble people around him, when someone advised him to keep running, when Junina finally disappeared into the dark crowd, when he wandered a long journey, it was swept away by countless people. He finally realized that the original train was not a sweet candy mountain, and the safest thing was to be a nameless person… Rating: 5/5
- @aU.G of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 01, 2010

i am polish and english and warsaw is in poland so I guess this is a very good book


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