<Embed>
Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.

Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more

Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.

QR code to download the Kindle App

Enter your mobile phone or email address

Processing your request...

By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.

You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.

Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

Milkweed Audio Cassette – Unabridged, September 9, 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 762 ratings

Price
New from Used from
Kindle
Audio, Cassette, Audiobook, Unabridged
$21.95
$89.95 $21.00

Inspire a love of reading with Amazon Book Box for Kids
Discover delightful children's books with Amazon Book Box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months — new Amazon Book Box Prime customers receive 15% off your first box. Learn more.

Special offers and product promotions

  • Create your FREE Amazon Business account to save up to 10% with Business-only prices and free shipping.

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jerry Spinelli has won the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee and a Newbery Honor Award for Wringer.


From the Hardcover edition.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (September 9, 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0807218588
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0807218587
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 years and up
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 - 9
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.5 x 1.18 x 7.13 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 762 ratings

Audible Holiday Deal
Save 46% on your first 4 months. Get this deal

About the author

Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations.
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Growing up, Jerry Spinelli was really serious about baseball. He played for the Green Sox Little League team in his hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania, and dreamed of one day playing for the major leagues, preferably as shortstop for the New York Yankees.

One night during high school, Spinelli watched the football team win an exciting game against one of the best teams in the country. While everyone else rode about town tooting horns in celebration, Spinelli went home and wrote "Goal to Go," a poem about the game's defining moment, a goal-line stand. His father submitted the poem to the Norristown Times-Herald and it was featured in the middle of the sports page a few days later. He then traded in his baseball bat for a pencil, because he knew that he wanted to become a writer.

After graduating from Gettysburg College with an English degree, Spinelli worked full time as a magazine editor. Every day on his lunch hour, he would close his office door and craft novels on yellow magazine copy paper. He wrote four adult novels in 12 years of lunchtime writing, but none of these were accepted for publication. When he submitted a fifth novel about a 13-year-old boy, adult publishers once again rejected his work, but children's publishers embraced it. Spinelli feels that he accidentally became an author of children's books.

Spinelli's hilarious books entertain both children and young adults. Readers see his life in his autobiography Knots in My Yo-Yo String, as well as in his fiction. Crash came out of his desire to include the beloved Penn Relays of his home state of Pennsylvania in a book, while Maniac Magee is set in a fictional town based on his own hometown.

When asked if he does research for his writing, Spinelli says: "The answer is yes and no. No, in the sense that I seldom plow through books at the library to gather material. Yes, in the sense that the first 15 years of my life turned out to be one big research project. I thought I was simply growing up in Norristown, Pennsylvania; looking back now I can see that I was also gathering material that would one day find its way into my books."

On inspiration, the author says: "Ideas come from ordinary, everyday life. And from imagination. And from feelings. And from memories. Memories of dust in my sneakers and humming whitewalls down a hill called Monkey."

Spinelli lives with his wife and fellow writer, Eileen, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. While they write in separate rooms of the house, the couple edits and celebrates one another's work. Their six children have given Jerry Spinelli a plethora of clever material for his writing.

Customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5
762 global ratings
How are ratings calculated?

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2013
Verified Purchase
7 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2014
Verified Purchase
3 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2012
Verified Purchase
4 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2018
Verified Purchase
6 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2020
Verified Purchase
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2021
Verified Purchase
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2015
Verified Purchase
8 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2021
Verified Purchase

Top reviews from other countries

The Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars How I wish this had a better cover and was better publicised
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2018
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Candy Gourlay
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 4, 2018
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Rach
4.0 out of 5 stars But fast delivery and it was in good condition.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 23, 2014
Verified Purchase
sb
5.0 out of 5 stars Milkweed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 25, 2013
Verified Purchase
Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Milkweed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2013
Verified Purchase