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Where does Misha go for food in the beginning of chapter 11 in Milkweed?  

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Chapter 10 ends with Uri making an ominous statement about believing in bread. The question is an answer to Misha asking if he believes in angels, but hunger is becoming such an issue that Uri's mind is only focused on believing in food.

Chapter 11 begins with Misha narrating to us his struggles with finding bread or any other kind of food. He starts with his usual spots, which are the street corners near bakeries. Misha tells readers that those spots are historically the best, but this time those spots are completely deserted. Misha's next location is to go into the actual bakery itself and hope that something is low enough for him to swipe off of the counter and run out. Unfortunately, the baker is smart and knows what Misha is up to, and Misha gets chased out of the bakery. Misha returns to Uri and reports that there is no more bread.

The lack of bread forces Misha to get more creative. He begins going into the shops in order to sneak food off of the shelves. After that food source runs out, then Misha goes into the large, fine houses that are in the area. He tells us that there was always food in those homes, and he has several strategies for how to get in. Sometimes he tries door after door until he finds an unlocked door, or Misha will walk in right behind the child that is entering the home in the first place. Amazingly, people figured that he belonged because of how brazenly he entered with the other children:

I walked straight to the dining room or the kitchen. What happened then depended on who and where the people were. If there were only children, I might say, “Where are the cookies?” or “Where is the candy?” If there were grown-ups about, I grabbed the first thing I saw and ran. If there was no one or a very young child, I would take my time shopping in the kitchen.

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