Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn't know anything about the war, and thinks he's only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents... show more
Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn't know anything about the war, and thinks he's only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them--straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland. To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him. Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library. But as Felix's journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain.Despite his grim suroundings, Felix never loses hope. Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a story filled with love, friendship, and even humor.
Publish date: March 30th 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Pages no: 165
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
, World War II
Series: Once (#1)
Einmal war ein kleiner polnischer, jüdischer Junge im Nazideutschland. Seine Eltern hatten ihn in ein Waisenhaus in Polen geschickt. Als Felix aber die Nazi's sah, die im Hof Bücher verbrennen, weiß er, dass er seine Eltern - Buchhändler - warnen muss. So macht Felix sich auf den Weg seine Eltern zu...
I came across this one through YA Sync’s free audio summer program. Generally, I’m not into war stories, particularly those written from a child’s perspective. I just don’t have a good track record with them. I’ve read [b:Milkweed|69392|Milkweed|Jerry Spinelli|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/b...
I'm not really keen on reading holocaust stories, but I had this one free from the Sync summer reading and after deleting the raven boys, I had an audio book hole inside of me. So I started hearing it and I can't say I regretted it. Felix started out rather naive and childish but learned the world i...
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Despite the serious and sombre subject matter of this book, I really liked how it was told. Felix is also a storyteller and it’s very fitting as his parents were booksellers. His naivete shows with the significance of finding a carrot in his soup, but as the book gradually progresses, he quickly mat...