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By Jerry Spinelli

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780375861475, 208pp.

Publication Date: March 23, 2010


A stunning novel of the Holocaust from a Newbery Medalist

He's a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. 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, with tall, shiny jackboots 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 during World War II-and tells a tale of heartbreak, hope, and survival through the bright eyes of a young Holocaust orphan.

About the Author
Jerry Spinelli is the author of many books for young readers, including "Stargirl;" "Love, Stargirl;" "Eggs;" "Smiles to Go;" "Maniac Magee, " winner of the Newbery Medal; "Wringer, " a Newbery Honor Book; "Crash;" and "Knots in My Yo-yo String, " his autobiography. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.