Book rating: 03 Paperback Once/Now/Then/After

By (author) Morris Gleitzman

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  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 11mm | 126g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014132998X
  • ISBN 13: 9780141329987
  • Sales rank: 827

Product description

"Now" is the third shocking, funny and heartbreaking book in Morris Gleitzman's "Second World War" series. Sometimes facing the past is the bravest act of all...Once I didn't know about my grandfather Felix's scary childhood. Then I found out what the Nazis did to his best friend Zelda. Now I understand why Felix does the things he does. At least he's got me. My name is Zelda too. This is our story. Now is the third 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 After" are also available from Puffin.

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Author information

Morris Gleitzman was born in Lincolnshire and moved to Australia in his teens. He worked as a paperboy, a shelf-stacker, a frozen chicken de-froster, an assistant to a fashion designer and more, before taking a degree in Professional Writing at Canberra College and becoming a writer. He has written for TV, stage, newspapers and magazines but is best known for his hugely successful children's books including Two Weeks with the Queen, Bumface, Once and Then.

Customer reviews

By Mia 14 Sep 2011 3

Felix is an elder now... living in the modern times with his granddaughter Zelda. Twists and turns occur during the short story which you could finish in an afternoon or short train journey. I do have to admit, it wasn't the best it could be to finish the last journey of Felix, and I was quite disappointed that it wasn't better, for the other two made me laugh, cry, sing and have all mixed emotions.

The language throughout the book was intelligent and engaging.

However, I would hope for the last book of a series to tie everything together, But of course, you have to read the final odessy of Felix and his friends, for it is a great book and you will not want to miss out.

Recommended for mature audiences and clever people who take my advice!

By Reynaldo Ramos 28 Apr 2011 3

This is the third part of Felix's story...Unfortunately, it is not exciting compare to the last two books, Once and Then, but overall it is a good read to follow through the continuing life of Felix - becoming a retired grandfather to Zelda.

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One of the reasons this humane and carefully crafted book is so readable is that the author celebrates ordinariness and childishness even as he chronicles terrible cruelty. But prepare for shock and tears -- Nicolette Jones (on Then, Children's Book of the Week) Sunday Times Haunting ... dangerous and desperate, but also full of courage and hope Guardian on Once