Once and Then

Once and Then

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Morris Gleitzman

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 16mm | 367g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141042796
  • ISBN 13: 9780141042794
  • Sales rank: 2,790

Product description

That's the good thing with stories. There's always a chance they can come true. Felix is lucky. Unlike the other children in the orphanage, he's certain his parents will come back for him one day. And whatever the Nazis do and however many books they burn, Felix's imagination provides him and his companions with an endless supply of stories - stories that protect them when they're on the run, shield them from the violent madness all around, give them hope when all seems lost, and one day may even save Felix's life. "Once & Then" is a spellbinding story of hope and imagination in the most terrible circumstances. However my story turns out, I'll never forget how lucky I am.

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Author information

Morris Gleitzman was born in England and moved to Australia at the age of sixteen. He has written for TV, stage, newspapers and magazines and is the bestselling author of over twenty books for children.

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By lilleth 19 Oct 2011 5

when i read this book i was 11 yers withch i still am i love this book all ways have and all ways wil!!!!!!

By Mia 14 Sep 2011 5

It was 1941 when Jewish orphan Felix was eager to find his family. Not knowing a thing about war and it's brutality, he was more uneducated then the other children living in the orphanage. Reality kicked in when he took the risk of finding his parents and took off without anyone knowing. The 9 year old boy, always thought of the positive side of things instead of the negative, part of this was not knowing Nazi's were out to murder every living Jewish person on the Earth.

Throughout his trip, he met a young girl named Zelda, a 6 year old girl that lost her parents from soldiers working for the leader of the War (Adolf Hitler). They became somewhat family to each other. Though the odessy did not end there. They experienced one of the most horrible, yet splendorous adventures you could ever imagine. The series of Once, Then and Now's language is proper, clever and absolutely suspenseful. You could read one of the books in an afternoon or short train journey. I can assure you, you will feel like one of the characters or a third person in the story because of Morris Gleitzman's English and intelligence.

Highly Recommended for mature audiences and clever people that follow my advice...!

By Reynaldo Ramos 28 Apr 2011 5

A story that reminds us of the cruelty of war and the conflict of religious beliefs. Felix is a young boy who is desperately wanted to find his parents. His attempt to look for them turned to be not easy as Felix thought but it brought him to a roller-coaster adventure, trying NOT to be detected as a Jewish orphan.

The author allows readers to feel what Felix wanted in life - rescuing Zelda and be part of his plan! It is a heartbreaking story - full of bravery, hope and imagination ... the only things that made Felix's stories alive.

This book (contains two stories, Once and Then) is something to be blended with John Boyne's fable, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.