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Once - Morris Gleitzman

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Published: 1st August 2005
For Ages: 13+ years old
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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 They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library.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 surroundings, Felix never loses hope. Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a story filled with love, friendship, and even humor.

About the Author

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.

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    5.0

    LOVE IT!!

    By ME

    from NEWCASTLE, AU

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Funny
    • Happy
    • Inspirational
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    • The Authors Best
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      Comments about Once:

      SO GOOD I WILL RECOMEND IT TO MANY PEOPLE!!

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      5.0

      Son loves this book

      By Peaches

      from Cairns AU

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        Comments about Once:

        11 year old son really enjoying the story, easy for him to understand. He wants to read every night!

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        4.0

        This is how a child faces the holocaust

        By Gus

        from Sydney, AU

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        • Historical Fiction
        • Inspirational
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          Comments about Once:

          This book is so interesting. Felix (main character) thinks positive and is a good story teller. I love it how Morris Gleitzman writes under a childs perspective...GREAT BOOK!

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          4.0

          A great story

          By Shirl

          from Melbourne

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            Comments about Once:

            I like that it is a quick read and I will be reading the rest of the series "Then" "Now" and "After"

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            ISBN: 9780143301950
            ISBN-10: 0143301950
            Audience: Children
            For Ages: 13+ years old
            For Grades: 5 - 6
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 160
            Published: 1st August 2005
            Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 1.2
            Weight (kg): 19.9

            Morris Gleitzman

            Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. He was a frozen-chicken thawer, sugar-mill rolling-stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, student, department-store Santa, TV producer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now he's one of Australia's most popular children's authors.

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