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Once.

Written by Morris Gleitzman

Part of the Once/Now/Then/After Series

Featured Books for 9+ readers Historical Fiction

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Presenting a completely convincing child's eye view of the Holocaust, this is the first in a quartet of outstanding novels unafraid to tackle such a serious subject and to do it justice

A moving and convincing child-eye view of what happened to the children of Poland after the Germans invaded. Felix has been placed by his parents in an orphanage for safe-keeping but, when the Germans come and burn the books in the orphanage library, Felix knows he must set out to return to his parents who are booksellers and make sure they are safe. Felix’s journey is dangerous and desperate but also full of courage and hope in a world where friendships and loyalty are the glue that hold things together.

 

Gleitzman's second novel in this series, Then, is out in January 2009.

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Once. Synopsis

For three years and eight months Felix has lived in a convent orphanage high in the mountains in Poland. But Felix is different from the other orphans. He is convinced his parents are still alive and will come back to get him. When a group of Nazi soldiers come and burn the nuns' books, Felix is terrified that his Jewish, bookseller parents will also be in danger. After escaping from the orphanage, Felix embarks on a long and dangerous journey through Nazi occupied Poland, befriending a little orphan girl called Zelda and a kindly dentist, Barney, who hides and cares for Jewish children. But when the Nazis discover them, Barney makes the ultimate sacrifice for the children.

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ISBN: 9780141320632
Publication date: 23/02/2006
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141320632
Publication date: 23rd February 2006
Author: Morris Gleitzman
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Historical Fiction

About Morris Gleitzman

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 1953Jobs: 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 ColumnistLives: VictoriaFirst Book: The Other Facts of Life, 1985

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