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Once (Once Series) Hardcover – March 30, 2010
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Once there was a boy named Felix who lived at an orphanage in Poland, only he wasn't an orphan. Almost four years ago Felix's secret alive parents left him with Mother Minka, at the orphanage, so they could travel and find out why their bookstore had to close.
Once Nazis came to the orphanage and burned all the Jewish books in the library. Then Felix knew the answer to his parents' problem. See, Felix not only has secret alive parents, he's also secretly Jewish. Maybe if his parents sold more books that the Nazis liked, their bookstore wouldn't have to close.
Armed with this revelation, Felix leaves the orphanage to find his parents. Instead of them helping and protecting him, maybe Felix can save them, just this Once.
Doesn't the whole premise of this book stress you out? It stressed me out. For a book of 163 pages* I had to put it down more than a couple of times because I was just too nervous for Felix. He was so young when his parents left him at the orphanage. This is, presumably, why they didn't tell him why they were really leaving him in the hands of a bunch of nuns, and the nuns certainly didn't tell him either. How could they? How could they explain that to 6 year old Felix when he entered the orphanage? Besides, if Felix didn't pray to God, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the Pope and Adolf Hitler like the rest of the orphans, he'd stand out.
It was heartbreaking to watch Felix do things like return to his family's home in what used to be a Jewish neighborhood, try to flag down a truckload of soldiers when he needs help, or pray to Adolf Hitler to keep him safe, as he's been taught to do. He really has no idea what is going on in Poland and the rest of Europe. He has no idea that at ten years old he is a hunted man.Read more ›
Worth a look if you want to talk about the impact of war and its futility.
Audio Book Review
Narrated by Morris Gleitzman
3 hours and 8 minutes
Felix is a young orphan living in a Polish hilltop orphanage. His Jewish parents dropped him off for safe keeping and said they'd return for him. and when Nazi soldiers show up at the orphanage and burn the nuns books, Felix panics and decide to find his parents and warn them to save the books. The search for Felix's parents leads him on a perilous journey to the Warsaw ghetto.
Narrated by the author, each chapter break has a musical interlude. The story starts out a little slow as Felix is very naive and innocent. His parents owned a bookstore so Felix's mind is filled with stories that he uses to explain things he doesn't understand. Once picks up as Felix starts to figure out what is really happening around him during the war with Germany. Felix in his naiveté reminds me of the Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
There are 3 more books in the series.
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The narrator seemed much younger than his age in his maturity and recognition of what was going on. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Andrea
Easy yet provocative reads about a Jewish child's survival in Poland from 1939-1945. This series was written for YA Ages 10-15, however, they were an excellent read, even for this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by schoolmarm
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Great fiction book about the Holocaust. My students and I really liked it.Published 9 months ago by Book Worm
Very original. Thought provoking. Condition was as described and arrived promptly.Published 10 months ago by SonoranDesertLover
Once by Morris Gleitzman (2013)
1st Person Perspective/Present Tense
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I have read this book 3 times over the past 3 years! It is fun to read...an exciting adventure....emotional...gives an understanding of the times! All of my kids loved it too!Published 12 months ago by Christina
This book tells the shocking story of the Nazis in Poland from the eyes of a Jewish child as he came to understand the horror and how it affected his family and his world. Read morePublished 13 months ago by sandra k bogart