Once by Morris GleitzmanOnce by Morris Gleitzman


byMorris Gleitzman

Paperback | March 19, 2013

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Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn't know anything about the war, and thinks he's only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them--straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland. To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him. Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library. But as Felix's journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain.
Despite his grim suroundings, Felix never loses hope. Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a story filled with love, friendship, and even humor.

Morris Gleitzman has been a fashion-industry trainee, frozen-chicken defroster, department-store Santa, sugar-mill employee, and screenwriter, among other things. Now he's one of Australia's best-loved children's book authors. His books have been published all over the world.
Title:OnceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.45 × 0.55 inPublished:March 19, 2013Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312653042

ISBN - 13:9780312653040


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking Read At first, I thought this was a straight forward story about a young Jewish boy who had been placed in a Catholic orphanage by his parents at the start of WWII in an attempt to protect him. After three years and eight months, Felix decides to leave and go in search of his parents. It started to get complicated, when I realized that Felix has no idea about the war and what the Nazi's are really up to, he thinks they are just burning books. As a parent/care giver, you try and do the best for your children/charges. How much do you tell them regarding events in the wider world. I was torn about the nuns keeping the kids in the dark regarding the war. You want the kids to still be kids and not worry about things they can't do any thing about, but should they really be kept in total ignorance. As I continued to read, this seemingly simple story got more complex and emotionally harder to read. I feel that it would be a good selection to read with your child rather than letting him or her read it alone. As a parent, you might want to read ahead so you are prepared for possible questions. Once is the first of a four part series, followed by Then , Now and After.
Date published: 2013-07-12

Editorial Reviews

"Like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (rev. 9/06), this Holocaust parable plays its main character's naiveté against readers' likely knowledge of the historical realities, but here the juxtaposition is believable and not at all precious; like The Book Thief (rev. 3/06), the novel extols the power of storytelling in the face of tragedy, but Once pits Felix's stories against even deeper ugliness. ... Gleitzman manages to find a grain of hope in the unresolved (and likely dire) conclusion, but this is the rare Holocaust book for young readers that doesn't alleviate its dark themes with a comforting ending." -The Horn Book, Starred Review"This gripping novel will make readers want to find out more" -Booklist