by Morris Gleitzman

Reading Age: 9+

Interest level: 10+

by Morris Gleitzman

Felix has lived in a Catholic orphanage for over three years but always hopes that his Jewish bookseller parents to come for him. Alarmed by the sight of what he assumes are official 'librarians' burning Jewish books in the orphanage, he sets off in search of his parents to warn them of the danger.


On his travels Felix uses his natural optimism and storytelling gift to explain away the horrific events he witnesses in Nazi-occupied Poland. His stories bring hope to the children of a ghetto and ultimately comfort to them on their final train journey.


Morris Gleitzman brings heart and humour to the difficult subject of the Holocaust in this ground-breaking children's book. Told in simple yet powerful language, his story reveals the redemptive power of stories and the potential for humanity and hope even in the most tragic times.


Publisher: Penguin

About the author

  • Morris Gleitzman

    Morris Gleitzman was born in Lincolnshire and moved to Australia in his teens. He worked as a paperboy, a shelf-stacker, a frozen chicken de-froster, an assistant to a fashion designer and more, before taking a degree in Professional Writing at Canberra College and becoming a writer.


    He has written for TV, stage, newspapers and magazines but is best known for his hugely successful children's books including Two Weeks with the Queen, Bumface, and his series about Felix and Zelda, Once, Now, Then and After.  He has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award and been shortlisted for the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.


    Morris Gleitzman
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it is a good book and it makes you read the next book

Rating: 5 star
41 melrose road
19 June 2017

This book is so moving. It makes you think how the war was so difficult to understand to children and that people were killing others for just one reason. Out of 5 I would have rated this title 6 OUT OF 5

Rating: 5 star
north pole
4 December 2016

this 'once' (haha) I will give this 5 star cause it is so heartbreaking. 'Once' (haha) you start reading, you can not stop! hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

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12 October 2016

This book is so intriguing!

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Perth WA
19 August 2016

This book is amazing! I am glued to these books. This is the best book I have ever read.

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30 October 2015

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