For fans of Jerry Spinelli, this is a book that certainly won't let you down. Instead of Spinelli's usual thread about daring to be different, this book gives a touching and thought-provoking account of one little boy's experience of the Holocaust. Just another book of the same old conveyor belt? No - the main character is young, giving a view of events happening around him in an almost naive yet clear-sighted way, and you can see how some people live through events such as these. Spinelli has excelled himself in writing another book that will not fail to touch your heartstrings, but above all let you ponder upon the reason why such things happen to people like the young boy in the story.
Spinelli says himself, does the world really need another holocaust book? What right does he have to write about the sufferances of the thousands of Jews suppressed by the Nazis? Only that he cares. This is evident all the way through the book, and you get a sense of the compassion and, occassionally, the anger, Spinelli feels manifested in the actions of the characters.