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A Jewish boy name Felix looks for his parents in Poland during WWII.

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ISBN 9780312653040
Barcode 9780312653040
Published 19 March 2013 by Square Fish
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Series Once (part: 1)
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ISBN-13 9780312653040
ISBN-10 0312653042
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Square Fish
Imprint Square Fish
Publication Date 19 March 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Series Once (part: 1)
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Historical Fiction
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Number of Pages 163
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 209mm
Spine: 13mm
Weight 172g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress Orphans, Survival, Poland - History - Occupation, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945 - Poland, Separation (Psychology)
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 596536

Description of this Book

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 They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library.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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review <p>&#8220;Like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (rev. 9/06), this Holocaust parable plays its main character&#8217;s naivet&#233; against readers&#8217; 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&#8217;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&#8217;t alleviate its dark themes with a comforting ending.&#8221;&#8212; The Horn Book, Starred Review<p>&#8220;This gripping novel will make readers want to find out more&#8221;&#8212; Booklist

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Author's Bio

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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