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"Like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, this Holocaust parable plays its main character’s naiveté against readers’ likely knowledge of the historical realities, but here the juxtaposition is believable and not at all precious; like The Book Thief, the novel extols the power of storytelling in the face of tragedy, but Once pits Felix’s stories against even deeper ugliness . . . Gleitzman manages to find a grain of hope in the unresolved (and likely dire) conclusion, but this is the rare Holocaust book for young readers that doesn’t alleviate its dark themes with a comforting ending."—The Horn Book, (Starred Review)
"Tension builds swiftly in this wrenching tale . . . Poignant."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"This gripping novel will make readers want to find out more"—Booklist
Tension builds swiftly in this wrenching tale as Felix, a preteen Polish Jew, narrates his experience of Holocaust atrocities, framed by a search for his parents that begins when he escapes from a
Morris Gleitzman has been a fashion-industry trainee, frozen-chicken defroster, department-store Santa, sugar-mill employee, and screenwriter, among other things. Now he's one of Australia's best-loved children's book authors. His books have been published all over the world.