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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 They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library.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)
32 Book Reviews
  • blueberryyogurt
    blueberryyogurt9 months55 stars
    This is a truly AMAZING book. My teacher read this book to my class and it is so interesting to listen to. This book series is a great one for those interested with History, and it's also great for others too! Surely I am not the only one who loves Zelda's ICONIC line "Don't you know anything?"!
    • mealmost 2 years
      i've read 3 of them so far and there all my favorite books they are so amazing i could read them 100 times each and still be entertaind and interested. But i don't like how in Now, it jumps over 70 years. And I want to read what happens inbetween those years
      • ikuyhiu7y77almost 3 years
        Its a very good book
        • GUY BADalmost 3 years
          I hadn't finish the entire story but as far as I got to, its amazing, this book is about an over-positive, naive child, Felix, he is an jewish who lives in an Cristian orphanage at world war II, one day, he found an whole carrot in his soup and he thought it means his parents are returning, he waited for a long time but obviously it did not happen so he decides to go and find his parents, his adventure starts now! will the nazis kill him?
          • I will winalmost 3 years
            This book is sad funny and hilarious
            • HazzaWazzaover 3 years
              Once is an amazing story. It’s sad, funny, heartbreaking and gives you a different perspective of life. It makes you think about how fortunate we all are now. It’s about a boy named Felix whose parents sent him off to an orphanage when the nazis came. Now, Jewish people have the same rights as other cultures and religions. I have also read then, and now. I absolutely can’t wait for when my mum gets me the next one. She calls me a bookworm, but I reckon it’s just because Morris Gleitzman and a few other authors are the only kind of books I read. (Especially Morris Gleitzman!) I reccomend this nook for ages 9 and over. I would reccomend it for younger but I think it would scare some younger children. I completely reccomend for you to read this book and then get into the whole series afterwards. But let me promise you one thing. You will definitely cry and cry and cry! 😀
              • oofdoof
                oofdoofover 3 years55 stars
                it made me happy and sad, the nazi soldiers seem really scary. I really hope my teacher gives me more time to read this!
                • ajg16
                  ajg16almost 4 years
                  Not at my library 🙁
                  • bookstory14
                    bookstory14almost 4 years
                    Mine either! I looked for it because of @olliebob's review, but I couldn't find it!! I really wanted to read it!!!
                  • gabriana77
                    gabriana77almost 4 years
                    I really want to read this book, i really liked the book theif and thought this might be similar.
                    • olliebob
                      olliebobalmost 4 years55 starsFeatured
                      Once is a heartbreaking, beautiful story about a young, innocent Jewish boy named Felix. Before WWII began, his parents hid him in a catholic orphanage where the nuns kept his secret. After four years at the orphanage, Felix is sure that he's received a message. He believes that his parents want him to come and find them. So he sneaks out of the orphanage and finds his old house above his parent's bookstore. But his parents are no longer there. As he walks around trying to find his parents, he learns more about the war, who the Nazis are, and meets a little girl named Zelda whose parents were killed. This is an innocent, childlike account of WWII. I would recommend this book to 6th grade and older, seeing as it is about one of the most terrible wars in history. It is sad, scary, and sweet, and you will definitely cry your eyes out!