Written by Jerry Spinelli
Review by Nancy Castaldo

Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli weaves us a powerful tale of an eight-year old orphan in 1939 Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Some call him Jew. Some call him Gypsy. Some call him Stopthief. He has no background and no real name. He lives alone until a band of orphaned Jewish boys take him under their wing and give him the name of Misha. Through his innocent eyes we see the tanks and shiny boots of the Nazis, who he calls “Jackboots.” We see the devastation that occurs without his real understanding. Spinelli’s fresh approach to the Holocaust, combined with the unique perspective of the main character, Misha, make this book a great addition to a World War II reading list. It is truly one of Spinelli’s finest books and worthy of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award he recently received. Ages 11+