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Grades 6 - 8Grades 2 - 8Y4.130820

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 They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library.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.

Hardcover, 176 pages
Published on March 30, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0805090266
ISBN-13: 9780805090260
32 Book Reviews
  • Municornabout 4 years
    I finished this book in 2 days, and it was so amazing! It was sad to me about how innocent the boy's thoughts were that just made me so engaged in it
    • Karenpopoover 4 years
      It was really nice book. I cried so much. Also I like there are 7 books. I'm going to keep reading until I finished all !!
      • pink123456789
        pink123456789over 4 years
        hi, I just wanted to point out that once is one of seven books.
        • pinkover 4 years
          I would just like to say there are SEVEN books in this series instead of three.
          • Bananaover 4 years
            I think the book once is good but it is not for me ok bye.
            • cobalt
              cobaltabout 6 years
              I think this book is awesome and I think more kids should read books like this.
              • im_envy
                im_envyover 6 years55 stars
                legendary book, need to read
                • guddu
                  guddualmost 7 years
                  It is kind of sad and mysterious which is about an orphan who suffers in WW2 and makes friend with a 6 year girl called Zelda who also becomes an orphan. It is a very nice book if you want to read but try not to CRY!!!
                  • darshao
                    darshaoabout 7 years55 stars
                    read the series it is the best
                    • Charlotteover 7 years
                      Best book ever