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Once by Morris Gleitzman is the story of a young Jewish boy who is determined to escape the orphanage he lives in to save his Jewish parents from the Nazis in the occupied Poland of the Second World War.

Everybody deserves to have something good in their life. At least Once.

Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad.

Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house.

Once I made a Nazi with a toothache laugh.

My name is Felix. This is my story.

Once is the first in a series of children's novels about Felix, a Jewish orphan caught in the middle of the Holocaust, from Australian author Morris Gleitzman - author of Bumface and Boy Overboard. The next books in the series Then, Now and After are also available from Puffin.

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    Once Reviews

  • Lyndsey

    When I was young 'un, we had this storytelling board game in our house. If memory serves me right, it was called, simply, "Once..."The basis of the game was to create a story from a card prompt and pe...

  • Marjorie Ingall

    I did not want to like Once. I hated that cover line: “Everybody deserves to have something good in their life. At least once.” Damn it, “anyone” does not agree with “their”! Even if I am ...

  • Hilary

    Finding this book in the childrens section of the library, I took it out for my daughter to read. Having glanced at some reviews I thought I would look at it first to see if it were suitable for an 11...

  • Millard

    Well written and sensitive. A book about a very raw subject. The author has my deepest respect for the portrayal of the whole series. I would thoroughly recommend it, if you like books such as , ...

  • Sally906

    What a wonderful story - Felix is a young Jewish boy in WWII Poland sets off from an orphanage to find his missing parents. He thinks Nazi's are book burners and his parents have gone off somewhere to...

  • PorshaJo

    What can you say about a book with a small child living through the Holocaust. The story focuses on Felix, a small 10 year old Jewish boy, who is living in an orphanage. His parents put him in this pl...

  • Alex  Baugh

    Once I read a story about a 10 year old Jewish boy named Felix who lived in Poland in 1942 and I felt a terrible sadness as I read.Once is very poignantly narrated by Felix. He tells the reader that h...

  • Siobhan

    I remember reading this book as a child still in primary school. It was a project and I was the only child in the class who fully understood what the child in the story was talking about. The burning ...

  • Paloma

    This is one of my favorite books; I read this in grade 4 and I found it absolutely sad but amazing at the same time. I re-read it in grade 5 and still loved it but the second time I read it, I looked ...

  • Lisa Vegan

    This is an all in one sitting type of read, and I did read it all in one day. It’s told from the point of view of a 9-10 year old Jewish boy, a storyteller, who’s caught up in the Holocaust. This ...