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Then by Morris Gleitzman

Then (2008)

by Morris Gleitzman

Series: Once (2)

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Then continues the story started in Once, beginning with 10-year-old Felix and 6-year-old Zelda's escape from the trainload of Jews bound for a Polish death camp. Felix and Zelda find a place to hide and assume new identities (thanks to Felix's love of Richmal Crompton's books). Although Zelda isn't Jewish, Felix is, and his presence endangers both Zelda and the woman sheltering them both. Zelda's uncontrollable temper doesn't help matters. A Polish boy in the village becomes Felix's enemy, but Felix and Zelda find friends in unexpected places.

Just as every chapter of Once starts with the word “once”, every chapter of Then starts with the word “then”. “Once” brings to mind stories and fairy tales. “Then” just seems awkward. “Once” puts a comfortable distance between the story and the reader. “Then” makes the story more immediate and personal. Felix witnesses some horrible things, and it's difficult to read about them without the repetitive use of “once” that keeps some space between the the terrible events and the reader. Finally, it's missing a very important “then”. The book ends with Felix in hiding in the hole he dug earlier in Genia's barn. There's no “then the war was over, and Felix came out of hiding.” Readers don't know if Felix survived the war, or if he was discovered in his hiding place. Even though this book fell short of my expectations, I plan to continue the series to find out what happened next. ( )
  cbl_tn | Mar 25, 2016 |
Wow!! For a children's book this took my breath away!! Reminded me of John Boyne's 'Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'. Seen through a child's perspective, very moving, very sad, but brilliant. ( )
  Librarian42 | Jun 18, 2014 |
The second part of the book was about Felix and Zelda escaping from the Nazi, after one of their friends got shot. Felix and Zelda ran and ran and ran, until they hid in a farm. A woman named Genia, looked after them like her own children by changing their names. They have a home but danger was everywhere. Zelda and Genia (the farm wife) will be shot at the end of the book for helping a Jewish boy.
  Suthen | Jun 10, 2013 |
Continuing where 2011 Honor Book Once left off, Felix tells how he and Zelda find refuge in a Polish farm village, but must still use quick thinking and imagination to survive the degradations of the Holocaust. ( )
  STBA | Mar 20, 2013 |
Felix and Zelda, having escaped from the train to the death camp seek refuge with a Christian woman in a small Polish town. ( )
  lilibrarian | Dec 21, 2012 |
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"Then" by Morris Gleitzman is the story that continues from "Once". Felix also known as Wilhelm and Zelda also recognised as Violeta, have escaped from a train heading towards a Jewish death camp now they're on the run for survival. Felix is ten years of age and Zelda is six. They're both Jewish and running from Nazi's hoping they will survive and not get killed. They're on their on with nothing but each other. Felix and Zelda pray to Richmal Crompton to save them. Their prayers are answered when a woman by the name of Genia and her friendly dog Leopold find them in the forrest, but that doesn't mean they'll live happily ever after. Can Felix and Zelda hide their true identities as Jewish Children from the Nazi's and the towns people?.Felix and Zelda come across many obsticles and challenges and meet some people along the way. Each day brings a new battle for survival. Felix tries his best to protect Zelda and Genia from being killed. He especially feels like its his responsibility to ensure Zelda is safe. He does anything he can for her, but is it enough?. "Then" uses the technique of first person perspective which helped me understand and feel the characters emotions in more depth. I enjoyed reading this narrative and reccomend it to anyone past the age of thirteen. There's always something new around the corner and you will not want to put it down. This narrative will have you bitting your finger nails ,putting you at the edge of your seat and eager to turn each page. Overall "Then" is a great book for almost any age. It's full of suprises and challenges which will test your faith. Although the story-line is quite serious, Morris Gleitzman has also added a touch of humor into the narrative. there's a wide variety of emotion depending on your characteristics and sense of humor.
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In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive, first on their own and then with Genia, a farmer with her own reasons for hating Germans.

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