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For three years and eight months, Felix has lived in a convent orphanage high in the mountains in Poland. He is convinced that his parents are still alive. But, when a group of Nazi soldiers burn the nuns' books, he is terrified that his Jewish parents will also be in danger, and... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780141320632
Barcode 9780141320632
Published 1 February 2006 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New title
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Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Series Once/Now/Then/After (part: 1)
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ISBN-13 9780141320632
ISBN-10 014132063X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin
Publication Date 1 February 2006
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Series Once/Now/Then/After (part: 1)
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 117g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 229228

Description of this Book

For three years and eight months, Felix has lived in a convent orphanage high in the mountains in Poland. But Felix is different from the other orphans. He is convinced his parents are still alive and will come back to get him. When a group of Nazi soldiers come and burn the nuns' books, Felix is terrified that his Jewish, bookseller parents will also be in danger. After escaping from the orphanage, Felix embarks on a long and dangerous journey through Nazi occupied Poland, befriending a little orphan girl called Zelda and a kindly dentist, Barney, who hides and cares for Jewish children. But when the Nazis discover them, Barney makes the ultimate sacrifice for the children.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review <p> Like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (rev. 9/06), this Holocaust parable plays its main character's naivete 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<p> This gripping novel will make readers want to find out more -- Booklist
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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 succesful children's books including Two Weeks with the Queen, Bumface, Boy Overboard and Girl Underground.

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