Once by Morris Gleitzman

Once“Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad. My name is Felix. This is my story.”

Once, in 1939, a Jewish boy named Felix was sent by his parents to live in a Catholic orphanage in Poland. Three years and eight months later he is nearly 10 years old and is a wonderful story teller. On the day Felix discovers a whole carrot in his soup he believes it is a sign that his parents are coming for him. Instead, the Nazis who show up at the orphanage burn the books and Felix decides to escape and find his parents on his own.

Once along his journey he saves a girl named Zelda from a burning house. Sadly, they are taken by Nazis and forced to walk the long distance into the city with many other Jewish people taken from their homes. They witness some of the horrors of war. Felix keeps Zelda entertained with his stories.

Once there was the Holocaust. This story is a portrayal of a terrible time in history through the eyes of an innocent 10 year old boy. While there are many heartwarming moments, there are also events that are shocking and at times are difficult to read.

“Everybody deserves to have something good in their life at least . . .once.”

Posted by: Wendy


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