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Paperback Published on: 23/02/2006
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Harrowing but brillint
This is one of the most powerful and moving books about the Holocaust that I've read. Felix's vulnerability and naivety make the story even more poignant, ... READ MORE
Becci Cooper at Worcester
The best holocaust book yet !
Meet Felix , a young Polish Jew who has been left by his parents in the care of a Catholic orphanage .Having been there for more than 3 years Felix hears l... READ MORE
Roz Radmore
I could not put this book down, and had to read the rest in the series straight away. Captures the imagination and the naivety of a young Jewish boy in WWI... READ MORE
Sarah at Isle of Wight


My name is Felix. This is my story.Felix has been living in an orphanage for three years and eight months when the men in armbands arrive to burn the books.Going on the run in search of his parents, Felix soon learns that Poland in 1942 is not a safe place for Jewish boys. But can his gift for storytelling keep him one step ahead of the Nazis and help him find his parents?After all, everybody deserves to have something good in their life at least once.'Morris Gleitzman has a rare gift for writing very funny stories and an even rarer gift of wrapping very serious stories inside them' - GuardianOnce is the first in a series of novels about Felix and his family. The sequels - Then, After, Soon, Maybe and Now - are also available from Puffin.

  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
  • ISBN: 9780141320632
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Weight: 117g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

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A fabtabby read!
I received this book from a relative, about 4 days ago and i've already finished it! The book made me cry and laugh and i would recommend it to anyone betw... READ MORE
Elizabeth Connell
Adventure and heartbreak
Gleitzman has gifted us a story with adventure and pain, heartache and love. This is a story that can be easily read by and to children, and will be sure t... READ MORE
Nicholas Jensen
This is the story of Felix, a Jewish boy who runs away from an orphanage to find his parents, who he believes are in danger. His jourent will lead him to Z... READ MORE
Christopher Johnson
Hooked on the First Line!
Started reading the book and I could not put it down until I forced myself to sleep. Absolutely gripping.
Lily Wheeler
Magnificently Moving!
This book is amazing especially if you are learning about the war. Felix is a brave character and it really shows through the book whilst it moves you in m... READ MORE
Joanne Iceton
Powerful And Heart-Breaking
Once by Morris Gleitzman is a powerful and heartbreaking historical children’s novel that is suitable for over ten years old. It is the first book in a sev... READ MORE
Julia Wilson
It was an amazing book. Made me tear up. It shows how badly the Jewish community were treated during ww2 and opens me eyes.
Jana Gabby