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DescriptionOnce by Morris Gleitzman is the story of a young Jewish boy who is determined to escape the orphanage he lives in to save his Jewish parents from the Nazis in the occupied Poland of the Second World War. Everybody deserves to have something good in their life. At least Once. Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad. Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house. Once I made a Nazi with a toothache laugh. My name is Felix. This is my story. Once is the first 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 Boy Overboard. The next books in the series Then, Now and After are also available from Puffin.
- Published: 23 February 2006
- Format: Paperback 192 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780141320632 ISBN 10: 014132063X
- Sales rank: 1,623
Reviews for Once
Captivating is just one of the many words to describe this story.
I discovered myself hidden away from the world, while reading the tale of young children during WWII.
Some what like the characters, I felt as if I was there watching as the pain slowly killed them. Only 9 years old when I escaped an orphanage on a mission to find my parents, Felix has to find a way of surviving from the Nazi's... Though how?
Morris Gleitzman uses words for the readers to imagine. Doing that very well. From readers that understand happiness and that sometimes that it can take a turn, I am sure they will want to read the books over for that extra experience that we felt.
I had a plan for me and Zelda. Pretend to be someone else. Find new parents. Be safe forever. Then the Nazis came. by shmeegle
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Once Y Morris Gleitzman
This is a lovely little book written for children so is quite short, but oh so poignant and heartbreaking. It has a similar feel to "Boy In the Striped Pyjamas"
The story is about a little Jewish boy called Felix looking for his Mum and Dad after the start of WWII, they have left him in an orphanage in Poland as they could see what was about to happen. He runs away to find them as he does not understand what is happening around him. His adventures are traumatic and tragic.
Its hard to imagine how these children, thousands of them, had to endure these things alone with no idea whether or not they would ever see their parents again!
Its strange that a lot of these little books written for children are so sad and tragic but uplifting at the same time!
I would recommend this book to childrens and their parents alike. by Penny Cunningham