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by Morris Gleitzman (Author)

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   Book 1   
Pages: 192
Published: 2006
Felix lives in a convent orphanage in Poland. He is convinced his parents are still alive and that they will one day come back to get him. When Nazi soldiers come to the orphanage Felix decides to escape and make his way home.The journey to find his parents is a long and difficult one, as Poland is occupied by the Nazis and a dangerous place for a Jewish boy. Felix manages to live and look after himself and another orphan, Zelda, with the help of a kind dentist, Barney, who is hiding and looking after a number of Jewish children. When the Nazis discover them, Barney makes the ultimate sacrifice for the children - electing to go with them on the train to the death camps, rather than taking the option of freedom offered by a Nazi soldier, one of his grateful patients.

Recognition: Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA) for Fiction for years 7-9 (2007); YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011)

Series Summary

Series: Once
Tags: historical war friendship culture religion realistic fiction
Series reading level: 12+
Books in series: 4
Should read in order? Yes
Next release: Finished

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Books in series order
1Once  (2006)
2Then  (2008)
3Now  (2010)
4After  (2012)