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Once by Morris Gleitzman

Once (2005)

by Morris Gleitzman

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Felix hasn't seen his parents in the three years since they left him at a Catholic orphanage in Poland, but he expects them any day. Meanwhile, he writes stories about them in the yellow notebook they gave him. Felix has a gift for storytelling. Gradually Felix learns about what the Nazis are doing to Jews in Poland, but in his innocence he often draws false conclusions. One day Felix slips away from the orphanage to search for his parents with no idea what dangers he will expose himself to in the process.

The Holocaust is a bleak subject for children's literature. Gleitzman handles the topic with sensitivity. Felix's stories fortify the spirits of those around him, and they serve the same purpose for readers. There's always a ray of hope that Felix will survive his ordeal. I listened to the audio version narrated by the author. Sometimes authors aren't the best readers for their works, but Gleitzman is better than many professional readers I've heard. Felix's story is continued in several more books, and these are high on my wish list. ( )
2 vote cbl_tn | Apr 22, 2014 |
Reminds me of the movie a beautiful life. I enjoy the way the Author writes as a child, his innocence always trying to find an explanation for the actions of the adults he witnesses. ( )
  Breony | Mar 17, 2014 |
This is a good book for teaching young teens about Nazi Germany and the Jewish Holocaust. It is told in first person by a young boy whose parent's were Jewish booksellers. They leave him in an orphanage and say they will come back for him. When they don't and the Nazi's come to the orphanage and burn all the books, he sets out to warn his parents of the bad men who hate Jewish books. He soon realizes it not the books they hate, but the people. He sees death and destruction along the way and at first uses his imagination to keep a positive outlook. But as things get tougher it is hard for to appreciate his imagination. Once he realizes he can help others and take thir minds off of thier pain he knows he has a purpose. This book was different than the books I usually read, but I have always found WWII interesting. I would recommend this book to a younger teen or someone with a lower reading level who might want to learn more about what life was like for the Jews during WWII. ( )
  LoftyIslanders | Feb 27, 2014 |
I have read a number of YA books concerning the holocaust, but this is the first to make me laugh and cry simultaneously. Gleitzman really captured what a 10-year-old sheltered boy must have felt when first encountering Nazis and the horrors in Poland in 1942. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Jan 22, 2014 |
"Once there was a boy who..." was left in a Polish orphanage by his parents and was protected by the sister who ran the place. Felix was completely clueless about the fate of his parents. When he discovers the Nazi's are burning Jewish books, he panics about his parents who own a bookstore. He leaves the shelter of the orphanage and sets off to his hometown to try to find and warn his parents. On his way he discovers a farm where the chickens and adults are all dead, and just an injured girl remains. The two head toward the city all the while figuring out what is really going on around them. Felix, a storyteller, has a complicated relationship with stories and the chapters in the book open as if fairy tales. ( )
  ewyatt | Jul 5, 2013 |
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After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.

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