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Then

Once Series

Morris Gleitzman

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Felix and Zelda have escaped the train to the death camp, but where do they go now? They're two runaway kids in Nazi-occupied Poland. Danger lies at every turn of the road.  With the help of a woman named Genia and their active imaginations, Felix and Zelda find a new home and begin to heal, forming a new family together. But can it last? Morris Gleitzman's winning characters will tug at readers' hearts as they struggle to survive in the harsh political climate of Poland in 1942. Their lives are difficult, but they always remember what matters: family, love, and hope.

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Then we ran for our lives, me and Zelda, up a hillside as fast as we could.
Which wasn’t very fast.
Not even with me holding Zelda’s hand and helping her up the slope.
You know how when you and two friends jump off a train that’s going to a Nazi death camp and you nearly knock yourself unconscious but you manage not to and your glasses don’t even get broken but your friend Chaya isn’t so lucky and she gets killed so you bury her under some ferns and wildflowers, which takes a lot of strength, and you haven’t got much energy left
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Praise for Then

“In a conclusion both devastating and hopeful, the innocence and maturity of Felix's narrative voice conveys human resilience when faced with the impossible.” --Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

 

"Sequel to the searing Once (2010), this tale of young people trying to survive in Poland during World War II is equally powerful…. Despite all the grinding misery and the moments of sheer terror, Felix retains his humanity, and a reader surely must walk with the protagonists on their long and tortured journey.”--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
 
"While the protagonists are young, this book is for older readers as it spares nothing in its imaginings of the losses and horror that were the Holocaust.” --School Library Journal, STARRED review
 
"There is no triumphant climax, and right up until the shocking end, the story of hidden children will grab readers with its details of the daily tension of rescue and betrayal.” --Booklist

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THEN by Morris GleitzmanKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THEN . Sequel to the searing Once (2010), this tale of young people trying to survive in Poland during World War II is equally powerful.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Morris Gleitzman

  • Morris Gleitzman has been a frozen-chicken defroster, fashion-industry trainee, 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.

  • Morris Gleitzman
    Morris Gleitzman
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Then

Once Series

Morris Gleitzman

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