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Once & Then [Paperback]

Morris Gleitzman
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Book Description

6 Aug 2009

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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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141042796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141042794
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SarahB 24 July 2010
By SarahB
Format:Paperback
This two books in one is great value for money - you need to have 'Now' with it as well as I recommend that you read them one after the other. The stories are amazing, written with simplicity but with depth at the same time - you won't want to put it down. Recommend for older teenagers through to the eldest of readers. 10/10 ***** Enjoy this fantastic author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You know how when... 20 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
Amazing amazing amazing. This is a fantastic book, buy it. I love it, the kids in my class (Y6) loved it, you'll love it. I dare you not to have a lump in your throat...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read 26 April 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is a fantastic read for older children. I loved the fact that each chapter started with the title of the book. I laughed and I cried and I couldn't put it down til the end. The best thing was, that this book got my 12 year old son who was a reluctant reader hooked too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Affecting, Engaging, Compelling 27 Mar 2011
By C. Hawkes TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The packaging together of Morris Gleitzman's two novels in the series, Once and Then makes for a very integrated read (the third, Now, is available separately.)

Gleitzman has adopted a hugely effective voice and tone for his novel. The narrator, Felix, a 10 year old boy in Nazi-controlled Poland is believable and empathetic: and the way in which his world picture and naivety is challenged and changed without loss of optimism and hope, despite the dreadful events that surround him, makes for a read which is at times funny, devastating, but ultimately life-affirming.

This is a story about the potential of human beings to be monsters and saints; the power of storytelling; and the triumph of the human spirit in the most appalling of contexts, the Holocaust. I think this is an important series. Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart rending and hilarious 8 May 2012
By ktb
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Read this rather than "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" for a child suitable (ages 10+) book about the holocaust which will also appeal to adults.
Morris Gleitzman has written a wonderful series of books (of which "Once" is the first) which are very readable despite their challenging subject matter. His narrator is a young Jewish boy, Felix, who has a passion for books, especially the "Just William" stories of Richmal Crompton. Poor Felix has been hidden by his parents in a Catholic orphanage and does not know what is going on in the wider world. When he escapes from the orphanage to search for his beloved parents he slowly begins to understand what is happening to Jews and anyone who opposes the Nazis and we are gradually presented with the horrors of life in Nazi controlled eastern Europe. Along the way he meets people both good and bad and takes on the care of a young orphaned German girl named Zelda.
Gleitzman does a wonderful job of letting us, along with Felix, slowly understand the realities of the Nazi regime as it touches the lives of everyone, though, with our greater knowledge of the situation, we continually fear for Felix, who has no one left to trust but his heroine, Richmal Crompton. However, he is a brave and resourceful boy and his tragic story is made bearable for the reader through his own humour and the good and kind people he encounters along the way.
Gleitzman explains he was inspired by the story of Janusz Korczak, a Polish man who stayed with the orphans for whom he cared when they were deported from the Warsaw ghetto to the Treblinka death camp; his achievement in these books is to show how good is better than evil and will rise above it in the most dire and dreadful of circumstances. Though simple in its presentation, this is no lightweight book and ranks alongside classics of the genre like The Silver Sword and I Am David.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 24 Mar 2011
By hovis
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A really good read. My 10 yr old was reading this book at school & he was really in to it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me cry! 20 Dec 2009
By Clown
Format:Paperback
A very emotional and touching look into the Holocaust, through the eyes of an innocent, naive child. The matter is handled delicately and so sweetly childish that some parts make you laugh through your tears. This is a gorgeous piece of literature, a true gem of a book from Morris Gleitzman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 14 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Everyone must read this book it is quick, dangerous, and un - put - down- able! The rest of the series I just as good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read.
These books are simply great. Moving and a story well worth telling. I flew through them at a great pace because I just couldn't put them down, I then continued and read the... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Will Canniford
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intertwining of brutality, humour and imagination
Two novellas, ‘Once’ and ‘Then’, originally published for teenage readers have been combined in this book that should appeal to a much wider readership. Read more
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I love the simple style, written from the point of view of the child, makes compulsive reading, full of both humour and sadness
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This Is an absolutely amazing book. You will laugh and cry, but your lucky you were not in that horrific time. It sends out messages of life. Read more
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My 12 y/o daughter started reading this trilogy at school and was immediately hooked. She has read all 3 and has been entirely engrossed in the stories and still references them... Read more
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