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Morris Gleitzman - Author

About the Author

One of Australia's, and now the world's, best-known and loved children's authors, Morris Gleitzman tackles tough subjects in a funny and offbeat way . He has never set out to write "issues books" and says that his writing is as much for himself as for his readers.

THE BASICS

Born: Sleaford, Lincolnshire, January 9th 1953
Jobs: Paperboy, Shelf-Stacker, Department Store Santa Claus, Frozen Chicken Defroster, Assistant to Fashion Designer, Rolling-Stock Unhooker in a Sugar Mill, TV Comedy Writer, Magazine Columnist
Lives: Victoria
First Book: The Other Facts of Life, 1985

Featured books by Morris Gleitzman

Grace

Grace

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

In the beginning there was me and Mum and Dad and the twins. And talk about happy families, we were bountiful. But it came to pass that I started doing sins. And lo, that's when all our problems began...

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Other books by Morris Gleitzman

Grace

Grace

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Maybe

Maybe

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

A powerfully moving addition to Morris Gleitzman's bestselling series about Felix and Zelda which takes place in 1945, following directly on from the story told in Soon. This intensely affecting story will move readers of all ages. It will be welcomed by the many Holocaust educators who use Once, Now, Then, After and Soon to teach upper primary and lower secondary children and embraced by any reader who loves passionate, moving and brilliant stories.

Snot Chocolate and other funny stories

Snot Chocolate and other funny stories

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

A collection of short stories in the popular style of Morris Gleitzman's Give Peas a Chance and Pizza Cake - except, of course, even funnier! In the title story, a kid struggles to save the career and reputation of a parent afflicted with chronic unconscious nose-picking.

Toad Delight

Toad Delight

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Cane toads are Public Enemy Number One to most Australians. Limpy the cane toad is on a quest to improve their image - and save his family from imminent destruction! When one of his relatives features on a TV cooking show, destined to star as the main ingredient, Limpy sets out to rescue him and ends up on camera himself. Can Limpy use his 15 minutes of fame to get humans to lay off the cane-toad squashing? Or will that be a recipe for disaster? A stirring story of bravery, sacrifice and prime-time warts-and-all adventure. Morris Gleitzman is the bestselling author of Two Weeks with the Queen, Bumface and Once, Now, Then and Soon.

Loyal Creatures

Loyal Creatures

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Loyal Creatures is the deeply moving story of war horse Daisy and her 16-year-old owner Will, sent from the Australian outback to the gruelling Middle Eastern campaign of the First World War. Their skill in finding water is vital to their regiment in the desert, but their devotion to each other is what keeps them alive in an overwhelmingly hostile environment. Is their unwavering loyalty enough to determine their destiny? The story was inspired by Michael Morpurgo's international bestseller War Horse and is closely based on historical record. Morris Gleitzman is the author of the highly acclaimed war novels Once, Then, Now and After..

After

After

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

After is the fourth shocking, funny and heartbreaking book in Morris Gleitzman's Second World War series. After The Nazis took my parents I was scared After They killed my best friend I was angry After They ruined my thirteenth birthday I was determined to get to the forest, to join forces with Gabriek and Yuli, to be a family, to defeat the Nazis after all 'Haunting . . . dangerous and desperate, but also full of courage and hope' - Guardian 'You will laugh . . . prepare for shock and tears' - Sunday Times After is the fourth in a series of children's novels about Felix, a Jewish orphan caught in the middle of the Holocaust, from Australian author Morris Gleitzman - author of Bumface and Two Weeks with the Queen. The other books in the series, Once, Then and Now are also available from Puffin.

Pizza Cake

Pizza Cake

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

STORIES WITH THE LOT! Save ten lives with a paperclip, discover how a big banana can ruin your sister's holiday, make a new friend with a garbage bin, develop a taste for sheep's spleen and chips, bounce on a vampire's bed, rescue your dad from a dog and a spider, use a toilet roll to get justice, upset the neighbours with a pickaxe, eat a pizza that makes you fearless, and imagine a world where teachers earn more money than a rock star.

Too Small To Fail

Too Small To Fail

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

1 boy. 1 girl. 1 camel. Squillions of dollars. A plan that can't fail. Or can it? Oliver's parents own a bank. This makes them very rich, very important and very busy. Oliver, on the other hand, is terrible at maths and aspires to nothing more than owning the puppy that he frequently visits at his local pet shop. When a mysterious woman buys the puppy and threatens to harm it if Oliver can't return her thousand of dollars (unfortunately, Oliver's parents seem to have misplaced her life savings. Something to do with some stuff on the news.) Oliver hatches a plan which will take him further than he ever imagined...

Grace

Grace

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

In the beginning there was me and Mum and Dad and the twins. And talk about happy families, we were bountiful. But it came to pass that I started doing sins. And lo, that's when all our problems began...

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Toad Surprise

Toad Surprise

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2009

A cane toad's hilarious quest to discover the true meaning of Christmas! Limpy has a dream. A dream in which cane toads and humans live happily together. Surely this time Limpy will be able to show humans how nice cane toads can be? After all, it is Christmas. And isn't Christmas a time of peace and goodwill to all men? And cane toads?

Give Peas A Chance

Give Peas A Chance

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Give fun a chance! Surprise your mum with a chainsaw, be a bigger star than Tom Cruise, save the world with a plate of vegetables, start your new life in a taxi, rescue your family with a tomato, send your dad into a panic with a tractor, do a good deed with a paper bag on your head, pack your suitcase for a trip to the spleen, upset your auntie with ten kilos of chocolate, swap a bomb for three ice creams on a steam train . . . and lots more.

Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Thomas has very itchy nipples. It's really embarrassing. It's the most embarrassing secret he's ever had. So the question is - why are his nipples so itchy? Is it a rare and special gift or the worst thing to EVER happen to a boy? Only one thing is certain. Thomas and his best friends are in for an adventure that will take them from the sunshine of Australia to the streets of Paris . . .

Once hardcover educational edition

Once hardcover educational edition

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2007

Felix can't stop wondering what has happened to his parents. He's been living in an orphanage in the mountains for over three years now, and they still haven't come to get him. When men arrive one day and start burning the orphanage's books, Felix is upset and can't understand what is happening. But this is Poland in 1942 and the men are Nazis, come to burn Jewish books. Fearing for his Jewish bookseller parents, Felix escapes and embarks on a dangerous mission across Nazi-occupied Poland, determined to warn his parents about what is going on. A remarkable and powerful novel from one of the most popular children's authors. Gleitzman is a highly skilled comic author; this story proves he can write tragedy as well. The Independent

Belly Flop and Water Wings

Belly Flop and Water Wings

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2006

Everyone loves a hero - don't they? So Mitch is on a secret mission to become a world-champion diver and make his family the most hero-worshipped, popular people in town. But as Mitch can't even do the doggy-paddle yet, is he bound to belly flop instead? And in Water Wings, Pearl and Gran each have a secret too. Bizarrely, Pearl's is hidden in the family freezer, while Gran's is buried deeper still. It's time for Mitch, Pearl, Gran and not forgetting Winston the guinea pig to face up to some hard home truths - with some silly and sad results!

Extra Time

Extra Time

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2006

Premiership football as you've never seen it before. Morris Gleitzman, bestselling author of Bumface and Two Weeks with the Queen, introduces us to a marauding fluffy mascot, a wise-as-an-owl landlady and a WAG called Terrine, in an irresistible story of how one boy helps stressed-out top footballers find the fun in a kickabout again, with help from his fearsome agent (and little sister), Bridie.

Worm Story

Worm Story

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

Wilton has no tendrils, no friends and no idea why he's so different to all the other microbes in his stretch of the intestine. But now he's had enough. He's going where no microbe has gone before. To the end of the known world, where the sludge gods dwell. To discover if he truly is a microbe. Or maybe a worm? Or possibly just a noodle that can talk? After an epic journey, Wilton and his new friend Algy find their way back home, and discover that the true key to saving each other, their world and their 'janet' lies not with the sludge gods, but with themselves.

Boy Overboard

Boy Overboard

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2005

A compelling first-person narrator and football theme hooks boys' interest, while a feisty female character ensures that girls have a strong character to empathise with. Themes include family, government oppression, discrimination, asylum seekers, dreams vs. reality, relationships and responsibility. Ideal for mixed ability classes.

Girl Underground

Girl Underground

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2005

Trying to fit in at a posh new school is really hard when your loving and lovable family also happen to be criminals. Bridget is succeeding pretty well and has even made a friend, Menzies, the son of the federal Minister for National Development. Then she finds out about Menzies' penfriend, Jamal, a refugee kid from Afghanistan held in a detention centre. When daring appeals to the government and the prime minister himself fail to set Jamal and his sister free, Bridget and Menzies decide to take matters into their own hands. Sometimes the only way to make things happen is to do them yourself. A story of friendship, courage and Iraqi blenders from the best-selling author of Boy Overboard.

Toad Away

Toad Away

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2004

Limpy is fed up of seeing his relatives run over and when he hears of a place in the Amazon, where human and toad live together in harmony, he resolves to find this place for himself and to take his cousin Goliath with him. The two toads make their bumpy way to the Amazonian jungle via the claws of a migratory bird and the underside of an aeroplane seat. But the jungle is not the Utopia that Limpy had imagined and it takes the advice of some Amazonian cane toads and one wise man to finally find the secret of a harmonious life with humans!

Teacher's Pet

Teacher's Pet

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2004

It's not easy being part of Ginger's family when you(1)re allergic to cats -- three of them love cats and five of them are cats. Ginger tries to be good, but it's not easy when your new best friend is a fierce looking stray dog. It gets even harder when the school principal starts trying to kill your best friend. But Ginger manages to save the dog and expose Mr Napier for the phoney he is.

Toad Heaven

Toad Heaven

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2002

Limpy - the heroic and slightly squashed cane toad, is back! Limpy sets off in search of a nature reserve for him and his friends and family to stay. Accompanied by Goliath he embarks on an epic adventure, but nothing goes quite according to plan.

Belly Flop (PB)

Belly Flop (PB)

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2001

G'day Doug. If you've got a sec, I'll explain what I'm doing up here on the roof. Last night I decided to get some diving practice in. Trouble is, it's really hard doing a double somersault off the top of a wardrobe onto a bed. So I've decided to use our roof. That's why all the mattresses and pillows and cushions are piled up down there on the ground. Mitch believes there's only one way to stop everyone in town hating him. Become a champion diver. It's a risky plan, but Mitch also believes in a guardian angel called Doug. He hopes Doug is listening....

Toad Rage

Toad Rage

Author: Morris Gleitzman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/1999

Limpy can't understand why humans hate all cane toads so much - they even squash them with their cars. He is determined to save his own family from ending up as flat as place mats. He sets off on a 'mucas-chillingly dangerous and wart-tinglingly daring journey' and risks everything to make humans see that cane toads are really very nice.

Totally Wicked!

Totally Wicked!

Author: Morris Gleitzman, Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1999

Dawn's dad and Rory's mum get together and the children are not pleased, they just don't like each other. The threat of the Slobberers, horrific huge worm-like creatures with slavering tongues that suck the insides out of creatures, makes them almost forget their rivalry. This is only the beginning of the bizarre and awful adventures the family must go through before any happy ending is in sight.

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