Is Milkweed is a non-fiction novel set in a town in Poland during World War II?

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Milkweed is an historical fiction book set in the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland during World War II.

A nonfiction book is a true story.  Fiction is made up.  This book is a made-up story, but it is based on things that really happened.  That makes it historical fiction.  It was set in a city in Poland during World War II though.

During World War II, Hitler expanded Germany to occupy Poland and other countries.  He also had a serious campaign against Jews.  This involved shipping them all off to ghettos like the one in Warsaw.

The narrator is an orphaned little boy who is befriended and looked after by an older boy named Uri.

I searched and searched for Greta and my family all over Poland.  Finally, I came to the city of Warsaw, where I learned to steal food to keep from starving. (ch 7, p. 30)

The little boy does not know his name, and goes by Stopthief because that’s what was yelled that at him.  He does not even know if he is Jewish or a Gypsy.  He only knows that he is has to do anything he can to survive in a terrible time.