Milkweed – by Spinelli Novel Unit for Grades 6 & Up
Reading Level : 5.2 Lexile Measure®: 510L
Guided Reading: Y
Type of Book: Chapter Book
Genre: Historical Fiction
Theme/Subject: Identity, Homelessness, Poverty Jewish Experience, World War II, Holocaust, Kindness and Compassion, Tolerance and Acceptance and Prejudice
Summary: A powerful historical fiction novel about an orphan boy whose life is forever changed as a result of Nazi occupation in Warsaw, Poland. Misha’s first memories are of survival. A powerful account of a life interrupted by prejudice and discrimination, and saved through kindness, compassion and acceptance.
Note to teachers: Milkweed is on the reading level of 5th graders, but this book is in no way adequate for 5th graders, both content and/or background knowledge wise. It is more appropriate for older students who are able to place the story in the context of European History and Holocaust.