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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 toothache laugh.

My name is Felix.

This is my story.

Everybody deserves to have something good in their life.

At least once.

Comments on: "Once – Morris Gleitzman" (192)

  1. This book is definitely one of my favourite books ever ! I have read this book so many times ! This book is about a young boy called Felix and his little friend Zelda. This book follows their adventures when war and fighting is around them. I highly recommend “Once” as it is very easy to read, gripping, heart wrenching and informative. I would rate this book a 9/10, this was my favourite book out of the series !

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  2. Jasmine said:

    The book Once by Morris Gleitzman really touched me, it made me feel so many different emotions in a really good way. The book is about a boy named Felix and his thrilling adventures through world war 2. How he fights to survive through the war by himself, he makes new friends and discovers his past along his journey. I definitely recommend this book if you love breathtaking and adventurous books. I really enjoyed this book, I have learnt so much from it. I really loved the ending because it made me want to read the next book to find out what happens next!

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  3. This book is definitely one of my favourite books ever ! I have read this book over and over again ! This book is part of a series about A little boy called Felix and a girl called Zelda . Their adventure is incredible but their story is even more incredible . This is in perspective of Felix and you feel like you are taking the journey with him ! This book is extremely emotional and you really feel for Felix and Zelda. You might need some tissues available … I’d recommend this book to more mature audiences .

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  4. This is one of my favourite books! But definitely one of the saddest books that I have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed how this book was set in a little boys perspective, which is very different compared to other books written about this time. I love the amount of detail that the author has put into this story. It really made me think that I was in his place, living in a war torn country. I also love how in the story Felix took in Zelda like she was his own daughter, protecting her from harms way. Overall I recommend this story to anyone who isn’t afraid to have a good cry while reading it, but I would give a warning because some parts are a bit heavy. I would give this story a 9.5/10

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  5. I have read a lot of Morris gleitzman books and this would definitely be one of my favourites. I loved this book because it was looking at the world through a little boys eyes. He is so innocent and being able to read about his point of view of everything going on around him was so interesting. My favourite character is Felix I felt so sorry for him after what happened to him and his family. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants an interesting book to read, and to be able to put down. 10/10

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  6. Once~
    Did you like the book/movie? Why?
    I loved thus book because it seems real and adventurous, and those are the sorts of books I really enjoy, it set back to when the Nazis were taking over Poland.
    What was your favourite part of the book/movie? Why?
    Probably the start because Felix (the main character) stands up for a kid who’s new to the orphanage an then he explains why he is at the orphanage.
    Who was your favourite character? Why?
    Felix because he is really independent and adventurous also they’re aren’t as many characters in the book.
    Would you recommend this book/movie to others? Why?
    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes more non fictional books.

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  7. Stephanie said:

    What a book! This is one of my favourite books of all time, it has everything, from action to friendship. The story is set in the war, so there is obviously plenty of action and suspense. My favourite aspect of the book is that it’s filled with history, and I have learnt so much about the war from reading not only this book, but the rest of the books in the series. Felix is so incredibly brave and innocent at the same time, and I was able to experience war from a different perspective outside just statistics. My favourite character is Zelda, as she brings so much humor and innocence to the storyline and puts a smile on my face whenever she says something. I would recommend this book for anyone over 12, as there is some pretty heavy material.

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  8. the book once is such a heart warming book that i love. Iv’e read this book so many times and i definitely recommend it! it has so many different amazing characters in it and thats what makes the book so intreating to me. Felix’s naivety to the realities and danger surrounding him makes you want to shake him at times but simultaneously you also want to protect him from the evils that he’s facing. His eternal optimism keeps you hoping that everything will end the way Felix hopes it to. this is definitely one of my favourite Morris GleItzman books so far i cant wait to read the rest of the series.

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  9. I really love this book, it is about a jewish boy named Felix who has been living in an orphanage, he leaves the orphanage to find his home town including his parents’ boom store, stranded. He starts an amazing journey to find his parents and on the way saves a little girl named Zelda from a burning house. I recommend this book and it will definetly hook you in straight away. 10/10 and make sure to have some tissues next to you.

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  10. Once is a gorgeous book, written by the very talented writer Morris Gleitzman. It is the first in a series about a boy called Felix who lives in an orphanage after his parents took him there in fear of his safety as he is a jew. However, when Felix receives a carrot in his soup he holds a strong belief that it is a sign that his parents are coming to get him. Set in world war 2, this book displays the lives of the innocent children and many others who are effected by World War 2, especially those who are Jewish, living in Germany, under Hitler’s reign. This book is a must-read for anyone who is interested and fascinated by the events of world war two, and even those who are just looking for a good read. I loved every word of it.

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  11. Maeve said:

    I love this book so much. I couldn’t put it down. my favorite character would have to be Felix. I like Felix because he is very adventurous and wants to be safe. I would recommend this book to people that like to read adventurous books and war and peace books. I think that this book would be suitable for people 12+ years.

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  12. Gabrielle said:

    This book is an amazing way to display such horrible events through an amazing story. Felix is getting hunted down because he is a Jew. He hasn’t seen his mum and dad since they dropped him off to his school. This story takes you on a journey through Felix’s life and portrays through a way so young teenagers can understand his life. I rate it 10/10!

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  13. Did you like the book/movie? Why?
    I loved this book because it was written in a older time about the jews. It’s different from all the other books I’ve read, but it wants me to keep reading more and more once I finish the chapter.
    What was your favourite part of the book/movie? Why?
    It would have to be the start where Felix escapes the orphanage to find his parents. Because he comes across different challenges but that doesn’t stop him.
    Who was your favourite character? Why?
    Felix because he was adventurous brave and has a great heart.
    Would you recommend this book/movie to others? Why?
    I would definitely recommend this book to others not just to teens but to adults as well, it is one of my favourite books I’ve read so far, so go check it out.

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  14. This book is very eye opening. it is a tragic story about a little boy named felix he is fleeing a nazi war. it is just a lovely book i could not put it down! i would reccomend this book to everyone but just letting you know that there are some tragic and horrible things in this book . thats history for you! happy reading! (get some tissues)

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  15. Tahlia said:

    I recommend Once to any reader that loves adventure, mystery or just wants to read an amazing book. I absolutely loved Once so much that I had to read the next book. Once is not only about surviving as an innocent Jewish boy, it also shows you how lucky you are and how grateful you should be. The book is so touching that I admit I shed a few tears. Not only is the book spectacular, but as you read on in the book, you might realize how different and unique Morris Gleitzman’s writing is. I am not sure if this is an advantage or a disadvantage because I tend to find that some people like it and some people don’t. Personally, I loved that way he wrote the book because you never know when something new or terrifying will pop into the book which gave me the sense of Mystery. Overall, this book is definitely one of my all-time favorite Morris Gleitzman books. The story-line is so touching and the way the book was written is a beautiful finish. All I really have to say about this book is that it’s a dream story that became real.

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  16. I recommend a book called Once. This book is in a series. It is written by Morris Gleitzman and is a book that you can never put down. I loved reading this book it is so inspiring. This book is placed in a Jewish orphanage in WW2. This book follows the story about a young Jewish boy named Felix. He has at in the orphanage for exactly 3 years and 8 months for his parents to come back for him. Felix has loved books all of his life, he remembers when his parents read to him at night. So to forget about the bad things that are happening he wraps himself up in books to keep him happy and safe. One day Felix decides to take matters into his own hands and runs away from the orphanage to go look for his parents. Unfortunately, it’s in the middle of 1942 when Hitler is looking for Jews and murdering them. Felix is just a 10-year-old boy who thinks Hitler is good and he will help him with the situation. While in the real world Hitler is murdering Felix’s own kind. Before long Felix meets a little 5-year-old girl whose name is Zelda. Felix finds Zelda unconscious outside a burning house, and finds her parents shot not far away. So Felix takes Zelda with him and tells her stories to forget about the past and to take her mind off of her parents. Together they try to find Felix’s parents and to try to get to the Nazi camp. The two have to jump massive hurdles and have to overcome their fears. I love this book because it is so inspiring and is based on a true event. I love how creative it is and how it is suitable for children. When I first picked this book up and started to read the first chapter, I seriously could not put the book down. I had to finish the chapter off and start a new one. This book is in a series called the Once series after this book there is Then, Now, After, Soon and Morris Gleitzman is working on a book called Maybe. I rate this book a 10/10 because of how it is so capturing. I would recommend this book for ages 12+.

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  17. This touching novel is about a boy named Felix. His parents place him in an orphanage in war-torn Poland, they tell him that they must leave to fix their book business. Felix is determined to escape the orphanage he lives in to save his Jewish parents from the Nazis. The book doesn’t show you Felix’s emotions it tells you.The book tells the reader that he likes to make up stories and is considered by others to be quite good at it. Felix always carries a notebook in which he writes down his stories and hides it inside his shirt for safekeeping. This book is so heart wrenching and is probably one of my favourite Morris Gleitzman books. I would recommend this book to the anyone who is about to do the ‘Boy in striped pajamas’ assessment task as it relates to the topic.

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  18. Grace said:

    Once again I cannot tell you how much I love these book series. They leave me crying and sometimes have a laugh. Morris Gleitzman is my favorite author and always keeps me engaged and he NEVER leaves me bored. He uses clever and complicated words and they are so eye-catching and mind bobbling. Felix is the best character I think ever invented. He makes me want to be a better person every day. The way he is kind, and always is helping people and putting them before himself and always finds a positive in a terrible heartbreaking day. I love this book so much that I know everyone will too.

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  19. This touching novel is an inspiring story about a young Jewish boy named Felix, who lived in Poland, and is on a quest to find his book-keeper parents after he sees the Nazi’s burning books from a Catholic orphanage library in which he stays. He finds a girl called Zelda in a burning house with her dead parents, and he takes her with him and protects her from confronting her parents’ death by telling her stories. Together, they strive to stay alive, but not really understanding whats going on. This is defiantly one of my favourite books because I’m really interested in knowing about the dark period of time known as the holocaust, about how hard and difficult it was for all the Jewish people, and if it is still to this day. There are 4 other books apart of these amazing series; Then, After, Now & soon. When I was only in year 3, I began to develop a strong interest with these series, and have continuously reading them over and over since. I recommend them for anyone who loves a bit of fear, sadness and history, as these books really teach you a lot. My own personal rating would be a 4.5/10!!

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  20. This book is a beautiful story about a boy named Felix. Fexis is one of my favorite people in a book ever. It is a magnificent story line that kept me wanting more. I loved Zelda so much- even though she sometimes was a bit rude. I loved reading this book and once I realized there were more books in this series, I couldn’t help but read them. My heart was pounding while I was reading this book and I wish there were more! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. I know lots of other people that have read this book and would agree with everything that I just said!

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  21. where do I begin the first chapter was my favourite chapter I have ever read it had such an amazing sizzling start I I just wanted to keep reading. I found out about this book when my librarian read it to my class in primary school and she read the first chapter and I just had to read the book, this book really teaches you to be greatful for what you have, because the jewish people really lived it tuff when Adolf hitler took over there country.

    I didn’t just Love the book I also learned a lot about the time when adolph hitler ruled them and how petrified the jewish would have been.

    There is a series of the once book and I defiantly recommend reading it, it is such an amazing book.

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  22. This book is an amazing read! I loved how it explains everything so well! It is about a jewish boy named Felix. it is set in the time of Hilter and Felix’s parent put him into a Catholic orphanage to keep him safe. He spends many years in the orphanage until on day Felix finds a whole carrot in his soup (he thinks it is a sign from his parents that it is safe to come home) so he escapes from the orphanage and sets out to find his parents. he doesn’t understand that his country is in a war against the jews and he is in such great danger. I love how amazing it is written 10/10 ! also would recommend for 13+ girls and boys.

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  23. Once is an amazing read, the series won many awards. Its sad but makes you realise what those times were like and how lucky we are now days. You at least shed one tear during the series. It makes your laugh, cry and smile. Felixes bravery in heart touching and amazing and it all started with a carrot! i would recommend this book to 11+ because its a bit violent and i would give it a 9/10!

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  24. I love this book. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is about a Jewish boy called Felix, in the second world war, trying to survive. He makes friends with Zelda. An orphaned Jewish girl. Together they go on a journey to find Felix’s parents. This book really puts in perspective what it was like in the second world war.

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  25. This book, I don’t even know how to describe it, or how it made me feel. It was actually very interesting, experiencing such a traumatic incident through a child’s eyes. Felix, though acts much older than his age and even helps out a younger girl, Zelda. he looks after her and makes her feel safe and comfortable, well as comfortable as you can be as a young jew running from the Nazi’s

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  26. once is a very good book about the holocaust and the two main characters are Felix who is on a mission to find his parents and Zelda who he found along the way and is a gorgeous little girl with a cute personality. this book is recommended for people interested in this time and event of history but I think it is thought out really well and is a fun way to learn about the history of the world during world war 2. I definitely recommend this book for people over the age of 11.

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  27. Elizabeth said:

    Once by Morris Gleitzman is the story of a young boy who is jewish. He is confident to escape the orphanage which he has been in since little.He belives that his parrets are still alive and wishes to save them. this book is about the Nazis in Poland Second World War. This is an amazing read.

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  28. Imogen said:

    “Once” is a fantastic book! It is very emotional and it really made me appreciate everything that I have and how lucky we really are. i read this book a long time ago but i still remember how amazing it is. I recommend this book to boys or girls all ages. i rate this book a 10/10 This is definitely one of my favourites and I think that everyone will enjoy reading it.

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  29. Rhani said:

    By the end of the book I was heart Brocken I wanted to read more. Not only does Morris Glietzman tell the heart bracking story of flelix and Zelda but also the poor story of those who were there in real life during the holocaust. Loved the book and the suspense is real in some chapters. If you are reading this book or concidering reading this book keep the pages turning and don’t give up on it because it is an amazing book. My favourite character was Zelda. I give Once a 10/10 not only because it was an amazing book but also because it was the true event that happened to real people.

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  30. Ashleigh said:

    By the end of the book I was in a puddle of my own tears.this is one of my many favourite book I love Morris Gleitzman’s books, they are a great read! I fully recommend this to any young readers.this is a tale of young Jews in the time of WW2 you will fall in love with the characters I promise!

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  31. Once is the first book out of the series of four books written by Morris Gleitzman. The book is narrated through the protagonist which happens to be a 9 year old boy called Felix. I admire Gleitzman’s skill in writing through the eyes of a child in such a horrific time. The author is able to portray the Holocaust and what it would be like for a young Polish boy in a very effective manner.

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  32. Abbey said:

    Once written by Morris Gleitzman is a great read, quickly becoming my favourite book and has been now for a long time. It’s filled with heart clenching tension the book becoming impossible to put down which is a nice feeling. I like how Morris Gleitzman really allows you to get into the book making you feel as though you are there going through this right beside Felix you wanting to do nothing but protect Felix as he goes through such emotive, tough scenarios. I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone and can assure that they are most likely to fall in love with it and the characters just as many do.

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  33. Isabel said:

    once by Morris Gleitzman is a fantastic read. I read this book in primary and i loved it so much that i bought the whole series and read the series at least 5 times already. Not a lot of books can get me as engaged as this book and this book is ultimately my favourite. Its a very sad book, sometimes it made me angry, confused and sometimes cry. This book is talking a lot about the history of ww2 and the kind of things that would have happened in that time period. I love all the characters especially Felix who becomes a quick thinker and gives other people in his position hope through his stories.

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  34. Once is the first book out of the series of four books written by Morris Gleitzman. The book is narrated through the protagonist which happens to be a 9 year old boy called Felix. I admire Gleitzman’s skill in writing through the eyes of a child in such a horrific time. The author is able to portray the Holocaust and what it would be like for a young Polish boy in a very effective manner.

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  35. I read this book in primary school. This book is told from the point of view of a young boy named Felix. The story follows his life as being a Jew and the dangers that he had to face. I really enjoyed this book so i read the others that follow it. This book is gripping and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Reviewing it now makes me want to read it again. I recommend this to all ages as it is amazing book. I rate this a 10/10

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  36. Hannah said:

    this is a great book for learning. I loved reading this book because it is such a great way to learn about history and yet still have fun reading an amazing book. it became very quickly one of my favourite morris Gleitzman book. i love the character felix, he is fun and cheeky. i don’t have a favourite part because i have loved it all. i would recommend it to anyone and i would rate it a 8/10.

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  37. holly said:

    This is a great book! I loved reading this and growing to know the characters better and seeing how Felix , as an optimistic sees the world when there is horrible war going on.
    Its written beautifully by Morris Gleitxman and he really uses tension well.
    I first read it for school and had to read in sections, at the start i wasnt to keen in reading this book but as the book went on i couldnt get enough of it and the weekly limits were really annoying and i had to fight the urge of reading the book in one sitting.

    I defintely recomend this book !
    i rate this a 10 / 10 !!

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  38. I absolutely LOVED this book I find it very interesting how to see the world through Felix’s eyes. I love how he is so thoughtful for all the people he meets especially Zelda because he feels sorry for her, they are going through a similar but very different time they both are very hopeful about their parents but Felix’s know the truth about Zelda’s but is a little afraid to tell her or doesn’t know how to. The start and middle of the book aren’t too sad but by the end of the book you would be getting a little bit teary. I would definitely recommend this book!

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  39. Julia said:

    I absolutely LOVED this book I find it very interesting how to see the world through Felix’s eyes. I love how he is so thoughtful for all the people he meets especially Zelda because he feels sorry for her, they are going through a similar but very different time they both are very hopeful about their parents but Felix’s know the truth about Zelda’s but is a little afraid to tell her or doesn’t know how to. The start and middle of the book aren’t too sad but by the end of the book you would be getting a little bit teary.

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  40. Alice said:

    I loved reading this book because it is such a great way to learn about history and yet still have fun reading an amazing book. This book covers so many different aspects of life and I think it is the best read for anyone no matter how old you are or what you do this is definitely one book that you should read!!! I love the character, Felix because he is so optimistic and keeps going and thinking positively even when things get rough which is what makes him such a great character!!! This book is a drama and an adventure book with so many great twists and turns along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and think that you should read it too!!!

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  41. Marcie said:

    I loved this book! I love that Felix went to all this trouble just to find himself back to square one. I admire that Felix helped Zelda and all the other kids he meets on his journey! I was sad for Felix when he saw all those people and the Nazi’s burning the books because he immediately thought of his parents. I think that Morris Gleitzman is an incredible author and he really made my heart fall out for these poor of kids!

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  42. this is a thrilling story of a boy in world war 2 how life was like for jewish people, what it took to stay alive and how no matter what keep being open minded. Once i started this book i couldn’t put it down, nor stop reading the series, felix is a loveable, and everyone (almost everyone) was just as kind and loveable. Felix has quit an imagination and sometime his imagination gets a bit frustrating. Sometime i wish i could jump in the book and shake him all about and knock some sense in him. I enjoyed this book so much that it is now one of my favorite books ever.

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  43. Sophia said:

    I absolutely love this book. It shows you a truly saddening perspective of what is happening around Felix in these hard times. Although all of this is happening in front of Felix, he still manages to stay positive and strong. This book teaches you a lot of things, and I recommend it to anyone that is interested.

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  44. Isobel said:

    I would recommend ONCE by Morris Gleitzman. It comes in a set of three books ONCE THEN and NOW all by the same author with the same story line. It was set in 1942 where world war 2 (mostly known as the holocaust) took place. Its about a young orphan who wants to find his long lost parents so he escapes from the orphanage to search for them. I never cried while reading it but it was quite sad. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book so much and it’s a book that you will certainly enjoy!

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  45. The book Once is a very, very good book, the book is always taking unexpected turns and never fails to entertain you. It shows you another angle about what it would be like to be a jew when hitler was around, it’s something different than what you would see on just a normal TV documentary. Felix was both the main character and my favourite character, he was just a young boy when his parents abandoned him at an orphanage in the mountains, throughout the book Felix goes on a journey to find his parents, but sends it hard as that he is a jew in the time of hitler. I would have preferred a different ending but found the one that Moris Gleitzman had written was was very much thrilling and breath taking.

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  46. Please do yourself a favour and read this book! Once I started it I couldn’t put it down until I finished it! The series is absolutely amazing, I have read the whole series 3 times and never got sick of it that how good it is. I would highly recommend this book/series to anyone who loves a heartbreaker, adventure and a bit of humour all in one! 10/10 for sure!

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  47. Dominique said:

    Absolutley loved this book, probably one of my favourite ever, all the characters are so funny and loveable, and it really showed me what it was like in the 2nd World War. This book is also devastating, I would be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear or two, whilst reading. I would rate it 9/10, I was hooked from start to finish.

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  48. Dominique said:

    I absolutley loved this book, it is one of favourite books, as soon as I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Zelda and Felix are such amazing characters, it gave me a real view of what would be like in the 2nd World War, I would be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear or two. Would definitley reccomend to everyone 9/10

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  49. I really enjoyed this book, I had not known much about the second world war but after ready 3 or 4 books in the series i had a good idea of what had happened. My favourite part of the book is when Felix saves Zelda from the burning house because once he had saved her he didn’t just leave her there, he waited until she woke up and then made sure she was alright and then took her on his journey to find his parents. I do recommend this book to people because it is an AMAZING book that you won’t be able to stop reading!
    if you don’t like reading book series then don’t read once otherwise you will want to find out what happens next in the next book!

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  50. Kathryn said:

    This and all the other books in the series are just amazing! I read through them very quickly because I just couldn’t put them down. Felix and Zelda are such loveable characters, and I love having an inside view on what it must have been like back in the Nazi times. I am very interested in Hitler, and reading this helped me learn more about the reality of the history and I loved every minute of it. 100% recommend reading this and the other books in the series. 9.5/10

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  51. Jesse said:

    I love this book by Morris Gleitzman and especially the following books in the series. I thought this book was very intriguing and teaches us a lot about history and World War ll. I recommend this book to anyone who likes an adventure and books that touch your heart. I also HAVE to recommend the following books in the series: Then, Now and After. If you read the whole series, it gives you a deeper and clearer understanding of Once and the story behind it. Morris Gleitzman usually writes humorous books such as Bumface or Extra Time. So this series was a bit of a surprise to me because its a different genre to his usual books.

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  52. Scarlett said:

    I really love this book, it is about a jewish boy named Felix who has been living in an orphanage, he leaves the orphanage to find his home town including his parents’ boom store, stranded. He starts an amazing journey to find his parents and on the way saves a little girl named Zelda from a burning house. He finds himself and Zelda running from Nazis trying to not get killed. They meet amazing characters along the way and this book really hits you on the more emotional side of World War 2, there are 3 books following and they are all just as good and thrilling. I definitely recommend this book for ages probably 10+

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  53. Georgia said:

    This is an amazing book about a jewish boy called Felix in the 1st word war. He leaves an orphanage, which is parents put him in, and leaves to find them. He befriends a girl called Zelda, who is the daughter of a Nazi. My favourite character in the book would have to be either Felix. He protects Zelda as her parents died in the house fire that Felix rescued her from. I would rate this book 10 out 10. I think Morris Gleitzman did a fantastic job. The next 3 books are amazing too. It would have to be one of my favourite series. Felix is lucky, as he doesn’t end up in a concentration camp, but is still forced to flea when the Nazis invade his place of hiding. I have read many other books by Morris Gleitzman, but I think that this is one of his best books yet. You would love this book if you like history and adventure. I would recommend this book to children 10+. It is about war, and it might frighten younger children. Happy Reading!

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  54. This is my all time favourite series! Morris Gleitzman has really captured what it was like in that horrible time called the holocaust. It’s very touching and sad. If you read this book you will have to read the rest of the series! i would REALLY recommend it to ages 10+

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  55. I have read many of the Morris Gleitzman book and this is one of my favourite’s by far. It is the first of the series. Once is an amazing and harrowing story. Felix, a jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis is a Catholic orphanage. Felix know nothing about the war and thinks he is only in the orphanage while his parent travel. When felix thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them. He is headed straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland. When Felix’s journey get’s increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that stories can’t even explain. Despite his grim surroundings, Felix never loses hope. I love how Morris turns a painful subject and turns it into a story filled with friendship, love and even humor. I would rate this book 81/2 / 10 and would recommend it to all ages.

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  56. Kendra said:

    This book is my favourite of the series. I read it I think in grade six with school and this series is the best. Once especially taught me a lot about world war II and from a young child’s perspective. Zelda and Felix are so good together and you grow such a connection with them in the book that it feels like real life. It is so sad, but I think that is what makes the book so good. It is amazing how two kids have so much determination and can protect themselves so well against the nazis. Felix being a Jew, made it so much harder for him, but it is so good seeing how he fights to stay alive, whilst looking after Zelda who is only 6. I would recommend this book to anyone from grade 5 and above and I would rate it a 9/10.

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  57. Tayla said:

    Once tells the story of two courageous children running away from the Nazi’s. If you enjoy reading about, history, adventure and friendship this is definitely the book for you! Once you pick up the book, you will not put it down! I would recommend this book for readers aged 12+. 8/10! I hope you enjoy this book!

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  58. Tayla said:

    Once upon a time, there was a boy named Felix. Once he had saved a little girl Zelda from a burning house, the were together forever. Once you pick up this book, you will not put it down! Once is an adventurous story that you have you gripped to it and will probably make you want to read the whole series! Would recommend this book for readers aged 11+. 8/10! I am sure you will love it!

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  59. Geilee said:

    Once is a really sad story set in the time hitler was alive. It is about a boy who is jewish and he is trying to survive and find his parents. But instead he finds a girl who’s father was a nazi. he helps the girl. If you don’t like sad stories then this is not the book for you but if you enjoy sad, adventurous books then i suggest this. It is really emotional and it tells you a lot about the nazi revolution. i have read this book once but i don’t love it i just thought it was a good book for readers who like sad and emotional books. i would rate it seven out of ten.

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  60. Grace said:

    Once is a tragic story from the era of the Jewish and Nazi revolution. The main character is a orphan boy that is also a Jew. When Felix is eating his soup, he finds a carrot, which is very unusual to find in your soup at the orphanage. Felix jumps to the conclusion that his parents are still alive and have sent this carrot as a message. So Felix escapes from the orphanage to begin his adventure of finding his parents. This story is a tear-jerker, the odd horror, adventure and excitement. I would recommend this book for anyone 12+ and rate it a 9.5/10.

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  61. Olivia said:

    Once:
    The tragic story between a young jewish boy who is just trying to find his parents because of the carrot in his soup. Felix soon meets a lovely young girl named Zelda, who really doesn’t know whats going on. They hide from the nazi’s and dodge bullet and it makes you feel literally in the book. Its an amazing and exhilarating feeling just to hold this book and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Thanks to Morris Gleitzman you will be gasping for air and constantly thinking about the next book, Then. 9.5/10 !

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  62. This is such a great and emotional book to read and I have read it over and over and thats what I love about this book and Felix is a lifesaver and is such a kind hearted boy who waits for his parents to come back and it really sad what happens and I have read all of the series. Felix had no idea about it and one morning decided to finally go find his parents, but along the way a lot of things happened and suddenly everyone hated Jews and wanted them all to no longer be apart of the worlds population and I think this might not be a childs book to read under the age of 10 maybe. I would rate this 9/10. 😀 🙂

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  63. – This book is one of the best books I have ever read. Everything you read feels so real and like its not Felix who these things are happening to but you. It makes you feel many emotions that you would not normally feel when reading a book and ever since I read the first page I knew that it was going to be a really enjoyable read. As the second world war was going on Felix had no idea about it and one morning decided to finally go find his parents, but along the way a lot of things happened and suddenly everyone hated Jews and wanted them all to no longer be apart of the worlds population. As Felix was in Nazi Germany many things happened like him finding a 6year old girl who survived after being in a burning building. Her characteristics were very funny and sometimes Felix could not be bother with her but in the end they stuck together no matter what and were each others family. Daisy dtobias@shcgeelong.catholic.edu.au

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  64. Ruby Buchanan said:

    I thought that this book was an great enjoyable read. This book is not like any other books she has written. This books draws you in the seconded you open the first page. It makes you feel like your there in the moment as every happens. The description is so life like. You can learn much history from this book and how people were treated. I learned more in this book about the 2nd World War and a different insight into life as a Jew in Nazi Germany, then in my class. This is a wonderful book and I recommend this book to people who love a great, sad read.

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  65. gmorison13 said:

    I thought that this book was a enjoyable read, I’ve read some of Morris Gleitzman’s more popular books in the past such as Worry Warts and Puppy Fat. This book isn’t like the other Morris Gleitzman books I know, but I do think that it is a fantastic book for children to read and learn about the 2nd World War and a different insight into life as a Jew in Nazi Germany. The book really is a great read because you can picture it really well because it has great description and is very detailed. You can also learn a lot reading it because it takes you back to the earlier days and explains what happened back then. I recommend this book to people who like a sad story.

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  66. Sophia said:

    I love this book it has been a while since I read it. I still remember everything that happens. It is a really great book and I think everyone that is a fluent reader should read this. It also a very factual book about world war 2. I would rate this book a 10/10 because it was so good i think i read it in about an hour or less!

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  67. Grace said:

    Once ~ Morris Gleitzman

    This is a heartfelt and emotional book. It is about a boy named Felix, who is an orphan. Felix knows only few things about his life and parents. His parents were Jews and they owned a bookshop. One day Felix escapes the orphanage he is homed in. He is on a mission to find his Parents, convinced they are signalling for him. On his journey, Felix finds a little girl named Zelda. Her family is lying around her, dead. Felix takes Zelda on in his travels. As they adventure together, through highs and lows it is an amazing and intriguing story. It is written so well and I would say a 10/10 absolutely.

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  68. I loved this book! I loved the way it was written and how innocent it was. Once reminded me a lot of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ because of how young and innocent Felix was. I thought that this was a really sad story and was very poem like. I have been wanting to read this for a while and am very happy (sad?) now that I did! I was so angry and sad at the end. 10 out of 10!

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  69. Bianca said:

    Once is a book that shed me into tears. This story pulled me right into Felix’s shoes and it was as if I were there. The Nazi’s were horrible people, they are so cruel to the jews. I would read this book with a parent, even though I am old enough to read Once! This book was so interesting and it really took me into Felix and Zelda’s shoes, I rate this a 10/10

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  70. Megan said:

    This book left me speechless. This book shows just how bad the Hitler times were. I think we all get frustrated with Felix because he is so confused about what is happening. I recommend this book to 13+ because I think older mature people understand what this book is about. I have read this book over 3 times and I never get sick of it. This book was so sad and i rate it a 10/10

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  71. Ella Cairns said:

    This book is gripping and exciting and can touch a viewer in alot of ways. Personall I cryed the first time i read this book it was amazing. 9-10

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  72. Sophie said:

    This book is soooooo sad. And so is the rest of the series. Its all about an 11 year old boy who’s parents send to a catholic orphange and he escapes to try and find his parents and while trying to hide from the Nazis and along the way he finds a 6 year old girl named Zelda who is with him the whole time through his adventures. He goes into town one day and gets taken into hiding by a kind man called Barney. Its a really sad book but is a fantastic read. I give it a 10/10.

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  73. Annalise said:

    The book ‘Once’ is so inspirational. It’s about a little jewish boy in the time of WWII and the Nazi’s are killing all the Jewish. He finds his way around. This book shows bravery, courage and hope. It is an amazing book and I believe everyone should read it to open their eyes about how lucky we are. I rate this book 10/10

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  74. Isabella said:

    This is such an inspirational, heartwarming and sad book. I read it over a year ago and I have reals it twice again! It is all about a little jewish boy, who the Nazis are out to get. It is a great book that displays courage and hope. Is is such a great book and I recommend it to ages maybe 10 pus as it is a mature book. I definitely give it a 10/10 🙂

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  75. Darcey said:

    This is a book about a young boy during the second world war. It was a fantastic read. It is a very sad story but it makes you feel determined as well. Once you start reading you won’t want to put it down. you become attached to all the characters and you will relate to them all. My favorite character would defiantly be Felix. He was my favorite because he was so willing to protect other people and he had a very determined attitude. If you are into sad or historical fiction type books this would be a great book for you but I recommend this book to everyone above 9 years old. This book is really great i wouldn’t change anything because it truly is a great book. I would rate this book a 10/10. Also if you get the chance you should read the rest of the series.

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  76. Alessia Roso said:

    Wow, I believe this is a very well written book by Morris Gleitzman I lovvvveeee the whole series Once,Then, Now and after are incredible books, the storyline of it is really sad but at the same time really well thought, its all about the Nazies and jews and about the war, and i really love all the books about that kind of topic. Rate 10/10

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  77. Alyssa said:

    Once by Morris Gleitzman is a well written book, with lots of descriptive language that really helped me to form the storyline in my head. I just couldn’t put it down!
    The storyline, however, is really sad. How the author described the events in the book was really into depth, which made me cry. I really felt as if I was Felix experiencing what he saw the horrible Nazies doing. Felix had so much courage, looking for his parents, even though he had no idea what was really happening around him until later in the book.
    What made me smile though, was Zelda. Her famous line she said “Don’t you know anything?!” made me smile even in the saddest parts of the book. She was definitely my favourite character because of the light she provided to the book.
    I would rate this book a 10/10, for it’s depth and great description in the storyline. Although it is rated a children’s book, I reccommend Once for people of the age 11 and up because there is a lot of horrible things the Nazies did to the Jews and to anyone who helped them

    If you read this, have some tissues next to you because you will need them!

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  78. Once by Morris Gleitzman is a fantastic read. I really enjoyed reading this book even though it was quite sad. My favourite character in the story was Zelda because she is so cute and brave but she can be very annoying. I rate this book a 9/10 because it was such a sad book and I couldn’t put it down. It makes you realise how lucky you really are and it makes you realise and remember that these things did actually happen. I would recommend this book to people who love page turners and I would recommend it to teenagers. Overall I thought that it was a great book.

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  79. Lucy c said:

    I thought this book was one of the saddest i could ever read but at the same time i still really enjoyed it but I wouldn’t recommend it to children on the younger side. It was really sad how Felix thought his parents were alive but they weren’t. There were so many tragedies in this book but the one good thing was that Felix lived. I think that the orphanage was a sad place and that the children and lades that worked there deserved much better facilities. I also find it quite weird of how dentists operated at the time. The describing of teeth being pulled out sounded very painful and stressing. In this book you could get your cries and laughs and i really enjoyed it. Overall i would rate this book a nine out of ten because i really enjoyed it.

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  80. Tahlia said:

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I loved it because it is a book i want to read cover to cover and it is in my top 5. Once is a really good book but I would recommend it for teenagers because it is a sad book. I would rate it a 9/10 because it is a bit to emotional for me i think you will need a tissue or two or more to read it!!!

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  81. Once is an amazing read, the series won many awards. Its sad but makes you realise what those times were like and how lucky we are now days. You at least shed one tear during the series. It makes your laugh, cry and smile. Felixes bravery in heart touching and amazing and it all started with a carrot! i would recommend this book to 11+ because its a bit violent and i would give it a 9/10!

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  82. Georgie said:

    Once, written by Morris Gleitzman is a suspenseful and impossible-to-put-down novel. The book includes Felix and his friend Zelda who try and survive the horrible events of the Holocaust and meet people and friends like no other who help and protect them on their journey to find Felix’s parents, whom have been taken away by the Nazi soliders to a Concentration Camp. Felix is a relatable character filled with innocence and positivity and always tries to find the best of situations and make it fun and easy for everyone. Once is just the right book for anyone who loves a page-turner about the awful events that happened in the time of the Holocaust. It’s an emotional roller coaster filled with joy, sorrow and heart break. It’s definitely a book to be reckoned with.

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  83. Once, Then & Now- Morris Gleitzman.
This series is amazing. It is about a 12 year old boy called Felix and a six year old girl called Zelda who are in the Nazi War. Felix is the son of two jewish book owners. He gets sent to a catholic orphanage and waits for three years for his parents to pick him up – it never happens so he goes to find them. When he arrives back home he finds it is in the hands of someone else. He comes across Zelda in his search for his parents in her burning house. Her parents are dead. Her Dad was a Nazi soldier. I feel that the author really captured what a child’s mind is like. The story is one of my favourites and I recommend this to anyone!

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  84. caitlyn said:

    I love this book I read it last year at my old school it was at the back of the tub and my teacher encouraged me to read it I was in love with the book after one chapter. I read it in 3 weeks witch is fast for me considering I hade the joined book of Once and Then. About half way through once I felt my eyes tear up as I was reading about the part when felix was about to be taken away by the nazi. I was so in love with this book I have now read the hole series Once, Then, Now and After.

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  85. At my sister’s school, they had to read this book. I picked it up off the ground (because my sister is a pig and doesn’t pick up her things) and started to read it. I couldn’t put it down! I know that it is based on real past events called the Holocaust, when the German Nazis (soldiers of Adolf Hitler) set up a Death camp during the time of World War II, to eradicate all the Jews that were living in Europe. The Nazis murdered six million Jews, including one and a half million children. These events interest me quite a bit, and i love reading books about them.

    I think that so far, my favourite character is Zelda, because she is so cute yet annoying, when she tells Felix “Don’t you know anything?” at the end of each sentence. I love how innocent Felix is, and how he makes up all different stories that account for reasons why the Nazis are burning all the Jewish books and separating the children from the adults in the Death camps. I think that i read this book in a little less than a day, but i was so sad when i finished it, because i want to read more! After you read this book, you must read Then and Now (I haven’t yet, but I’ll get onto that). There are many graphic scenes in this novel, and even though my 11 year old sister read it, i recommend not reading this book until you have somewhat of an idea in what happened in the Holocaust. I recommend people ages 13+ should read this, but anyone younger than this wouldn’t understand what’s going on. I think that this book deserves ★★★★★ five stars, because i think that it is written in such a way that it’s easy for younger people to understand, and is also appropriate for older readers as well.

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  86. “Once” is a fantastic book! It is very emotional and it really made me appreciate everything that I have and how lucky we really are. I recommend this book to boys or girls 11 years and up and rate it 8/10. This is definitely one of my favourites and I think that everyone will enjoy reading it.

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  87. Julia said:

    This book is really emotional especially the part where he has to leave all his friends behind when he escapes. Felix is a very loving and determined kid. It is not as good as the second book then.
    I love this book and it is really interesting. It tells you what it was like for people then and how horrible Hitler was to them.
    He has some nice friends at the start and it is quite sad when he has to make a choice between his friends and his parents and their book shop.
    Felix decides to go to save his parents and their book shop which I think was a good idea.
    I give this book 5/5 and I recommend it for people aged 11 and up.

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  88. Once is one of my favourite books. It’s such a sad book and in the end Felix makes a lot of new friends. My favourite character would be Zelda because she’s so cute, brave and sweet. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read and I would rate it a 10/10. I promise you that you’ll want to read the rest of the series after you read this book!!!

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  89. Monique said:

    This book is one of my favourites. It is a very sad book and it really makes you relise how lucky you are. I think that the book gives people a bit more of an understanding of what happened during that war and how horrific it truly was. My favourite character would have to be zelda. i think she is incredibly brave and sweet. The books makes you want to keep reading on and it is very hard to put down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

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  90. this book is just so great! it made me feel heaps of different emotions and made me feel happy with what i have. This is one of my favourite books! Felix is definitely my favourite character as he is really smart and thinks about others. I would rate this book a 9 1/2 out of 10 and this is great. i would recommend this to everyone who enjoys a good read! 🙂

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  91. This book is amazing it makes you feel more appreciative of what you have. This is a life changing book. When I was reading this book I felt all different emotions, happy, sad and angry. This is one of the best books I have ever read and one of the most life changing! Felix is so smart, he saves not only his own life but also many others. I rate this book a 10 out of 10 and highly recommend it.

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  92. Alannah said:

    II LOVE THIS BOOK!! it is so amazing. It made me feel happy one minute and sad the next. It makes you appreciate more of what you have got and not to take it for granted. Felix has the brains of adult and if I were him, i would not know what to do. I can’t wait to read the next book.

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  93. I really, really enjoyed this book. It is an amazing book i cant explain it. Just the way that it was based on a true story and the way that the jews felt especially felix and just what horrible stuff the nazis did to the poor jews. This book made me feel very sad and upset, it was just horrible, but a total fantastic book. i’ve read ‘once’ ‘then’ and a little bit of ‘now’ and they are just such great books it was really good reading them and i just didnt want to stop reading them. i would definatly rate it 10/10 and people all around the world should read these seris of books they are realy good guys have fun reading them. 🙂

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  94. This is seriously the best series of books I have ever read. I never new much about the nazis and how shocking it was until I read this amazing book. I cried very much as the books let you in on a bit of the pain and sadness that young Felix felt. The book made me feel very guilty for some reason. I was very sad in many parts in the book, I loved the book and couldn’t put it down! I rate this book a 10 out of 10!

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  95. I really loved this book it was amazing. It had such a good story line and I never wanted to put the book down. It was thrilling exciting sad happy and much more. Morris Gleitzman told this story so well and i loved every part of the book 🙂 Once i finished Once i bought Then Now and After and I have read them all to they are such amazing books and easily one of my favourite series but by far Once was my favourite book. I would rate this book a 10/10

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  96. This book was amazing! It gave me an insight as to what it could have been like in this period of time. It was gripping, thrilling and heart wrenching. This book and series would have to be in my top five favourite books. Morris Gleitzman told the story very beautifully and I felt apart of the relationship between Felix and Zelda. I would rate it a 10/10.

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  97. Rebecca said:

    I love this book!
    It was a pain in my heart to read because like Zelda says ‘don’t you know anything?!’ Felix is so naive there are some points were you want to tell him the truth so badly it hurts. The once,then after and now series are a almost real account of a boy who was jewish during the second world war. This is definitely my favourite Morris Gleitzman book series apart from Grace. I rate it 12/10!

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  98. I love this book, it’s the type of book that you just can’t put down. Morris Gleitzman is a great writer, i love it how he writes about real life stories that actually do happen to some people around the world. Felix and Zelda started off as not very friendly and not very close but Morris bought their relationship together and now they are just like brother and sister and share something really special. I love reading books about refugees and nazi’s. but this book is just one of a kind. I would rate it a 10/10.

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  99. Eibhlis said:

    I thought this book was really good. I have read this book twice and I enjoyed it more each time I read it. At first a didn’t get it as it is quite a mature read but once I read it the second time it all seemed to make sense. I really like how Morris Gleitzman built up the relationship between Felix and Zelda, In the end they turn out to be very sibling like. They both cared for each other. I thought that the storyline was very well structured, it all fitted well and I really like how this book had history in it. I didn’t even know that much about how the Jewish were treated by the Nazi’s until I read this book. It really opened me up to the history of the war. I rate it 9/10

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  100. Chloe said:

    This is a really good book to read, I actually enjoyed reading this very much, this book is about a small, innocent child during the holocaust. The young boy Felix, who was jewish and his parents put him into a catholic orphanage to protect him and keep him safe when the soldiers come to take the jews away. Felix still believes that his parents will come and get him, but when they fail to do so, he rans away from the orphanage trying to find them. Great read, definitely recommend

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  101. Isabella said:

    I loved this book! When I first heard about I didn’t think much of it I then finally decided I want to just why this book is so popular!. So I read the book and I was at amazed how good the book was!, The author Morris Gleitzman really made you feel like you where in the book and that you were Felix. I loved that this book was all about WW2 because there was so much history and information In the book that I was hooked!, I now have read the whole series over and over again I would 100% recommend this book to anyone over the ages of 9 (only because some parts are hard to understand) it is incredible!.

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  102. Isabelle said:

    Obviously this book is like one of the BEST books I have ever read!
    It is very heart wrenching book and it will change the way you see things in real life. At some points it is so hard to imagine how hard life was for little Jewish boy named Felix in a time when Hitler was slaying all Jewish people and putting them into concentration camps. Felix never new his parents because when he was very little they put him into a English orphanage to keep him safe. Felix always new he was different to everybody else but he never knew why until one day the Nazis came to there orphanage and burned all the Jewish books. His most trusted friend, which was a lady who worked at the orphanage told him that he was a Jew and that the Jewish people were getting killed. He asked if his parents were still alive because all his life he was told that he was english and his parents died in a fire.
    Felix ran away from the orphanage looking for his parents and hoping that they were still alive. On the way he met a little friend and started their journey to find his parents and live happily ever after.

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  103. Kendra said:

    The first time someone told me about this book i really wanted to read it, so i did and will never regret it. My favourite character is Felix because i love the way he is so determined to push through the pain. He is so young and full of heart. I dont normally read books about the war but because it is from a kids perspective i really felt how he was feeling.

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  104. All I can say about this book is wow!
    It was one of the most inspirational books I have read, I know there are a lot of books about Hitler and the second world war but because this was written by a little boy I could really feel pain and in some ways relate to him. I know I’m not in a war but this book can really inspire people to look on the bright side of life even if it is not going to plan.

    The characters really made this book the best it could be, I never got board of Felix and Zelda’s adventures. There was so many twists and turns in the book that I could not stop reading.

    Even though this was about a war this book was a positive and funny book with characters that have amazing personalities. I recommend this book to all agers and I cant wait to read Then and Now.

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  105. Georgia said:

    This book is the best book i have ever read and i had to read the follow up books they are just as good. Once made me cry but laugh but it mostly gave me many emotions and i recomend it to everyone who loves to read because it will change your perspective of how you look at life and how much better we have it compared to others!

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  106. Melody said:

    Wow, this book is amazing. I don’t know where to start. From the changes of the lie=ves, from innocent little kids, to weird things that happen. It is all about how Adolf Hitler changes Felix. From the first time he saw book being burnt by the Nazis, to when he is taken away. You really get a feel of how it was like to be in the holocaust. I love this book, but sometimes it can be a bit graphic. So I would recommend this book to 9+. I would also rate it 10/10. I enjoyed the whole series of these books and I sugest you keep reading!

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  107. Most people love this book but I can not stand it! Felix is just so naive all the time. his parents had sheltered him all his life and now the are nazis every where trying to kill him because he’s a jew, but when he sees blood or hears gunshots he thinks they are hunting! I can’t stand him! At the end of the book it starts to get more exciting and your left with a cliff hanger at the end but I couldn’t enjoy this book. 3/10

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  108. Caitlin R said:

    Once is a sad, exciting and hard to take in kind of book. I found it very difficult to imagine what it would have been like to live in that kind of place at that time. I love this book because it is a way to explain what happened to Felix and his Family and why it should never occur again. My Favourite part of this book is when Felix tells stories to all the other children making them feel better. My favorite Character is Zelda because she is so strong for her age and she is very persistent and would put herself first even if it ment Death. I would recommend this book to anyone from ages 10+. The kind of people that would like this book would be history-lovers and people who love a good read that they can’t put down.

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  109. Gemma Sager said:

    Once
    this was a very good book, I found it quite easy to read, it was a little sad in some parts.

    it is about a little boy named Felix and a 6 year old girl named Zelda, Felix lives in Poland. it is set in the year 1942, Felix is the son of Jewish parents who put him in a orphanage his parents run a bookshop in Poland. The Nazis are taking all the Jews to sending them to Concentration Camps and they are trying to kill all of the Jews, if you dont like books about this kind of thing, its probably not the best book to read.
    i enjoyed reading it so I think i would rate it a 8/10 🙂

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  110. I reccomend the book once by Morris Gleitzman.
    This is a book about a boy and his journey to find his parents.

    The boy’s name is Felix. Felix lives in Poland. The year is 1942. Felix is the son of Jewish parents who run a bookshop in Poland. The Germans are under Hitler’s control and are rounding up Jews to send to Death Camps.

    The story begins in an orphanage in Poland where Felix has lived for three years and eight months, after his parents could no longer afford to keep him. They said they would come back for him when they had got over their financial problems.

    The orphanage is run by nuns. One night at dinner when Felix is collecting his bowl from Mother Minka, the head nun, he sees something floating in his soup bowl that could mean savior from the orphanage! There then begins a perilous journey to find his parents on which Felix meets new friends and allies to help him through the rough times ahead.

    This book tells more than Felix’s story. It is an amazingly powerful and tense recount of what people would have felt and experienced when the Nazis were in power. I found this book very moving.

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  111. I don’t know if you already have this series but i think it is superb! It is about a 12 year old boy called Felix and a six year old girl called Zelda who are in the Nazi War. Felix is the son of two jewish book owners. He gets sent to a catholic orphanage and waits for three years for his parents to pick him up – it never happens so he goes to find them. When he arrives back home he finds it is in the hands of someone else. He comes across Zelda in his search for his parents in her burning house. Her parents are dead. Her Dad was a Nazi soldier. I feel that the author really captured what a child’s mind is like. The story is one of my favourites and I recommend this to anyone!

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  112. Gabrielle said:

    I recommend the sequel once, now and then because they are awesome books. I could never put down this book and you have to read all of theese books to get the whole story. the books will defiantly make you cry because they are sad and my favourite character by far would have to be Zelda because she is really funny, I reccommend this book to poeple age 8+ because its sad. I defiantly reccommend you read this book because it was great.

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  113. A good book squeal that I would recommend is Once & Then( and the third book :now). Because they are REALLY GOOD books and I could not stop reading it and Im a type of person who can NEVER finnish a book. The 2 books are written by Morris Gleitzmen (you have to read both Once & Then to get the full story). I cannot say anything bad about these books. The books are sad so I would recommend it to people who like to have a bit of a cry, they are also for people who like a bit of adventure. My favorite character would have to be Zelda because she is really cute and funny.
    PLEASE TRY THIS SQUEAL ITS FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 😀

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  114. Emily B said:

    I read this book for Lit Circles. And this is a really good book. Straight away the book was interesting and kept you wondering about what was going to happen next. Felix is completely unaware about what is really happening and assumes that bad things that happen, are actually good. I can relate this book to Boy Overboard. The theme of the Natzis and riots. Although I have never been in the same position as Felix, I can imagine what he would be feeling and I be feeling the same. I think that he is really worried about people finding out that he is not really an orphan. Morris Gleitzman really describes the characters opinions and feelings so you can really put your self in their shoes. The author uses lots of adjectives so you can picture what is happening in your head. This makes the book so much more interesting and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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  115. I would recommend ONCE by Morris Gleitzman. It comes in a set of three books ONCE THEN and NOW all by the same author with the same story line. It was set in 1942 where world war 2 (mostly known as the holocaust) took place. Its about a young orphan who wants to find his long lost parents so he escapes from the orphanage to search for them. I never cried while reading it but it was quite sad. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book so much and it’s a book that you will certainly enjoy!

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  116. Antonia said:

    Once is a very heart breaking book. Its so sad how some people can tear families apart. Its very nerve racking not knowing if they will or won’t survive sometimes. It makes you feel apart of this book like you are a bystander and you can’t help but watch. Even if you don’t like reading it is nearly impossible putting this book down.

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  117. Brydie D said:

    Over the past four weeks I have definitely enjoyed this book. I feel like I am apart of the book, and every dangerous and scary situation that Felix, Barney and the others are in, I feel like I am there. I thought Felix had great courage to be prepared to leave Barney and Zelda when they had the opportunity to, after finding out that Zelda’s father was a Nazi solider. I think the Zelda and Felix will be best friends forever, after both of them surviving the jump off the train. I have truly enjoyed this book and it would have to be on e of the most engaging and interesting books I have ever red. I would recommend this book for people over the age of 12. I this has been a amazing Book and and I can’t wait to read the next one. I rate this book a 9/10.

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  118. I absolutely loved this book, it was a fantastic read. I learned so much about the characters and developed a strong curiosity in the character of Felix. His personality was outlined perfectly and I felt the feelings he did. I felt his strong fears, his incredible and wild imagination, his powerful courage and most of all, his on-going hope. However, my favourite character was Barney because of his generosity and dedication to others. I often wondered about his decisions and if he ever considered leaving the children to seek freedom for himself. But, somehow I think he wouldn’t ever consider this. I believe that his sense of guilt would send him back to the helpless kids. Whilst reading this book, I found it extremely hard to put it down and my eyes were glued to the pages.
    This book also inspired my interest in The Holocaust. ‘Once’ is a deep book, so I would recommend it for people who are 12-18. I am so excited to read the next book ‘Then.’ I predict that Felix and Zelda will live happily together, but maybe get caught by the Nazis again. I have a big hope that Felix will find his parents, but I highly doubt this will happen in the difficult circumstances. I have loved this book and could call it one of my favourites. I would rate it 10/10.

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  119. Melissa said:

    I thought that once was such a great book as soon as i started reading it i didn’t want to put it down. Felix was a bit to positive about things near the start of the book. This book showed so much emotion. This book gives you a little idea of what Hitler, the Nazi’s and what world war 2 was like. This book was so touching and I felt so close to Felix and Zelda and I felt so scared for Felix when he got caught by the Nazis but when they let him go I felt so relived.

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  120. I really enjoyed this book it kept you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book. It never got boring and I loved reading about all of Felix and Zelda’s adventures. I loved the numerous times Felix helps and cares for Zelda. I don’t think Zelda actually realises how lucky she is to have Felix as a friend. If they didn’t have each other they would probably already be dead. There probably wasn’t one event that stood out the most for me in this book. The whole book was always exciting and Morris Gleitzman captured what jews went through really well. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is very interested in history and wants to know how the Nazi’s treated the jews and what the Jews were treated like. I give the book a 9/10 and it is probably suited for ages 10 and up. Overall I loved this book and could easily read it again and again. I think if you are slightest bit interested in this book you should just read it because I can assure you you will not regret it.

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  121. Heidi said:

    I really liked Once, and it is by far my favourite Morris Gleitzman book. I don’t normally read Morris Gleittzman books, but I read the blurb for this book and it quickly got to me, that I have to find out what happened. I love Zelda’s sense of humor, she is an amazing funny girl, and she is like a sister to Felix. This story basically sums up life for Jews in hiding. It is horrible. And it is worse in a Concentration Camp. I learnt so much through this book, and I know for sure that I can’t wait to read the next books in the series!! 10 out of 10, and I would recommend this book for ages 12+, so that they understand whats happening! 🙂

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  122. Throughout reading this book that I have found the book hard to put down. This has been a really enjoyable book to read. I think that it really puts into perspective how scary it was in this time and how cruel the Nazi soldiers were in this time. I would definitely recommend this book to others. I think that the author was really clever the way he ended this book as it leads into the next book ‘Then’, which means you just have to get your hands on the next book to be able to read what happens to Felix, Zelda and the other characters. Now that I have read the book ‘Once’ I am really keen to read ‘Then’. This book is very sad but at the same time quite scary. This really makes you think about how all the Jews would have been feeling at this time if you were in Felix or Zelda’s position. By reading this book you can really see how dangerous things were for the Jews in this time. Felix and Zelda like to take a lot of risks and are prepared to risk their life for others close to them. I would recommend this book to others.

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  123. Corrin said:

    Who doesn’t love a novel filled with adventure, humour, friendship and loss? All I can say is that the book ‘Once’ has all these qualities, and more.
    I don’t think I have ever felt as close to a character as Felix, he constantly reminds me of my little sister, who is so innocent and so young.
    This book has really opened my eyes to the cruel and barbaric things the Nazi’s did. To think what the Jewish people must have gone through is just horrendous!
    This book has been like a roller coaster, full of emotions, ups and downs, laughs and cries. ‘Once I read an amazing novel and wished it never ended.’

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  124. Caroline said:

    I enjoyed doing my activity this week because I was able to choose some of my favourite parts of the section. I also enjoyed reading this section of the book as it was very intense at times especially the parts when the Nazis found Felix when he was in a bedroom, looking at books but soon fell asleep. This gave the Nazi’s time to roam around, looking for other Jewish people, hiding around. It was also very intense when a Nazi then knew that Zelda’s father was a Nazi and Barney was telling him about it all. Then, that Nazi let them two go but they refused to and came on the train. I think that later on, when Felix, Zelda and Chaya jumped off the train was a HUGE risk. I think it was very silly of them to go and risk their lives to do something when they could get killed!!!! Luckily, they didn’t and were safe in the meadows. Although it was a pretty bad decision, I still think that was what I would’ve done because I wouldn’t want to be stuck on the train, and having to die anyway. That was their only chance to escape although it was a risk. I really want to read the next book and I have enjoyed reading this book very much!!!

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  125. Emily said:

    I am beginning to not like this book. Its starting to get really predictable and I hate books like that. I am so glad the Felix had realised that is parents probably are dead. He is my favourite character because I think that he treats Zelda as if she were his daughter to something, he looks after her so well and will put himself in danger to help her. I really want to read Then to figure out what happens next in Felix’s journey. I was slightly disappointed with the authors choices, eg: Zelda getting sick was so predictable and typical it ruined the book for me. Overall the book was okay, it was really exciting in different parts, and in some parts it was really predictable and boring.

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  126. I really enjoyed reading the book Once as it was really interesting & gives you a real idea about world war 2. I loved learning about felix’s imagination & how he calmed & made Zelda happy when he told stories to her. It shows how nieve he was to what was going on & why the soldiers kept targeting him as well as others. It also shows us that maybe the people really were nieve & didn’t understand what was going on so they told stories to make the story come true & alive. My favourite character was Zelda as she was usually always bright & confident when she spoke to others. I loved this book but think people should read it from the age of 11 on.

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  127. Veronica said:

    When I was reading this book, it felt like I was actually standing there next to all the characters watching it all happen. Every sentence was so descriptive and sent a huge message to the reader because the events in this book would have actually happened in the time it was based in.
    I loved this book and even though I am a slow reader, every moment reading this book I loved! I hope to read the next book soon and I recommend this book to anyone who loves an interesting and exciting story.

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  128. isobel said:

    When I read this book I found it very descriptive. It was a book that showed a lot of emotion as a boy explores and finds out that people do things for no good reason. It is also about how Children’s imaginations can imagine things that are not necerceirly true.I know it is fiction but it shows a lot of detail about what happened when hitler started war. I really enjoyed reading this book because I like reading about that time. This book was very sad and I found it very emotional. I rate this book a 5/5 because I think it was a very interesting book with a lot of a emotion and feelings. i recommend this book to anyone who likes to read sad books.

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  129. Siobhan said:

    I read this book in lit circles and i think that it was a really good book. I think that Felix was a bit annoying when he was always getting in trouble but he also did some really good things in the book, Felix always took chances with his like and always put his like on the line. Zelda was cute when she always said ” Don’t you know anything” haha and i thought that was cute. I reccomend the book for yr 7 and above because i thought it was just right for me.

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  130. I have started to read book called once it is really interesting and a hard book to out down you never know whats going to happen next and its very similiar to the boy in the striped pj’s. I would recommend this book to people from the age 12 up as some parts younger people might not understand. hurry and read now its a great book my favourite character is Felix because his cute and leaves notes around about things he is thinking.

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  131. Once is a great book that i enjoyed so so so so so so so so much. The book reflects on a jewish boys life that is set in world war two. The book is sad and very detailed it says things about nazis and how the people in the war were treated and how discriminating it was then. It is an amazing story that is incredibly inspiring. I wouldn’t recommend that people who are easily distort or get upset because of the incredibly good describing words in the book. I would give this book a 11 out of ten because it is so good.

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  132. aimee said:

    this was probably my favourite book from the whole series! it is such a touching peice of writing to read. I finished it in the first three hours i got it, and was eager to read the other books. It is such a great thing to have the oppotunity to read about what those kids went through, and how kids like felix remained strong, even though they were losing hope inside. I would rate this book 10/10, and i would recommend it to kids over 12.

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  133. Zelda said:

    I would like to review the book Once by Morris Glietzman.
    It is a really strong book, and has a strong message. I loved this book it was one of my favorites. It was set in Germany during World War II. It was about the friendship of two friends called Felix and Zelda. I have loved this book for a long time. I was amazed to find it had my name in it. My favorite part was when Felix would make up stories to make the other little children happy. My favorite character was Zelda because, she was a very mischievous little girl. She is only 6 years old and is already surviving in war. I can relate to Felix, because I love telling stories to other people and, he loves English and so do I. I hate the part where Zelda is lying down on the ground at the start of the book, her house was burnt and all her chickens where shot down dead. Zelda was badly hurt though. I would change the part where Felix runs into the Nazi and the Nazis find the cellar to where the children and take them to the “Death Camp”. This book is for people who like a bit of history, and like serious things. I would recommend this book to people who are ready to get the tissues and bawl their eyes out!!!

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  134. Once by Maurice Gleitzman is a really sad but incredibly interesting book i couldn’t put it down and thats pretty good for me as i don’t like reading it is about a boy in an orphanage who is part of world war two and wants to find his parents. the book is based on true story’s and you can really picture whats happening in your mind. There are another two books after once they are called then and now and they are very good as well. I would recommend these books for ages 10 to 15. If you are an emotional person you will absolutely hate these books as you would be crying the hole time

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  135. Once is a story of sadness, friendship, love and happiness. This book is the best book you will ever read. This book has inspired me to love Jewish books, I have read the whole series and I absolutely LOVED IT!!! I could never put the book down, once i read 50 pages in 20 minutes and I am not much of a reader! I fall in love with all of the charters because of there love for each other and the friendship that they shared. I recommend this book to everyone, you will love this book!

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  136. Once, a story of love, friendship, tears and compassion
    made me laugh, cry, and stop and start reading. I had sleepless nights reading this book because i just had to see what happened next. it was a story that tugged at my heart and it made me just fall in love with the characters.
    I recommend this book to people who have a love for reading because……
    he once escaped from the orphanage to find his mum and dad,
    he once saved a girl called zelda from a burning fire
    and he once made a Nazi with a toothache laugh
    this is felix
    and this is his story…….

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  137. Once is a great book because it is very descriptive.
    My favourtie character is Felix because he is a nice boy and he is a good story teller.
    My favourite part in the book is when felix finds zelda in the fire i think it is cute because felix saves her life.
    i think that i am most like felix because he is adventures and so am i.
    i didn’t like it when the nazi solders captured felix and zelda it was sad.
    i think that once is a sad but cute story if you like reading about war this is the book for you i am also reading now, when and why. i recommend this book to people that like sad stories and stories about war.

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  138. Once is a wonderful book of description and emotion. I found it very interesting about Nazis and the Jews. When i first started this book i was thinking it was all going to be made up stories and none of it would be true. but as i started reading i realised just because it is a fiction book doesn’t me that there cant be things in there that are true and could have happened. I would recommend this to year 5’s and up because younger year levels might not understand some of the words parts of the book. I rate this book a 9/10

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  139. Once is a fantastic book, I loved it! It made my eyes water a little bit! This is a fiction book but Morris based it on a true story. When reading it I thought it was very sad and I never knew about the Nazis or how bad it actually was back then! I felt so bad for them even though it was actually a fiction book. I love Zelda she is my favourite character by far!! She is a great character, she is a very nice girl and would always put friends/family first. It is a fabulous book and I recommend the book for anyone who wants to read a good book! People who like the war, or history aren’t the only ones who can read it because it’s the best book. There is a series for Once, after you have read Once you should definitely read the other books which include: Then and Now. Once is a must read book. So what are you waiting for? Go borrow the book!

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  140. I thought Once was a fantastic book because you can picture it really well because it has great description and is very detailed. You can also learn a lot reading it because it takes you back to the earlier days and explains what happened back then. I recommend this book to people who like a sad story.

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  141. Once is a great book. It really helps you to understand what it was like for the jewish back then. It is a little bit sad and scary at times so be prepared! It really makes you feel glad that you don’t have to go through all of the horrible things they did. I really recommend it to year 6 and up! It is a great book!

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  142. I absolutely love this book. I found it so interesting and I learnt lots of things while reading it. I found the story about Nazi’s and Jews very interesting. I like the fact that this is a fictional story but there were probably so many stories just like this. This story really shows us what it was like to be a Jew escaping from Nazi’s. This story shows us that people back in the day do not have it as good as we do now and that we should be grateful that we live in a free country and are not affected by war as much as people in WWII were. START READING!

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  143. Once is a really great book, that makes you feel like your really there when you read it ! It is about a young boy who escapes from an orphanage in poland to find his parents, making many friends on the way.
    My favourite character was Zelda because she is really funny and stubborn. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes stories about the second world war.

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  144. Once is a fantastic book, it makes you want to keep reading and i loved it. It has a great story line, it is about the horrrible things that happened to the jewish. I recommend for anyone year 7 and up. im sure you’ll love it.

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  145. Recently, I read a book for literacy circles, that was titled “Once” by Morris Gleitzman.
    I chose this book, because I had heard really good things about it, but I had never got the chance to read it.
    So now that I have finally read it, I can say that I have really enjoyed it, and what people say about how good it is are very true.
    I really feel sorry about what the Jews had to go through during that time, I could never ever imagine how hard it must be for them.
    And the worst part is, half way during the book, Felix didn’t even think what was happening was a bad thing.
    They were all being lead straight to a trap, every single Jew.
    Although it’s sad, It’s still a brilliantly written book and I really enjoyed reading it.

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  146. Once – Morris Gleitzman.

    I read Once as part of my Lit Circles!
    This book Is sad and also happy. It is about a Boy named Felix escaping from his orphanage at the time of the Nazis and finds a girl named Zelda and It’s about there journey!

    I suggest you read this book, The age I think that would enjoy this book is 12+.

    Enjoy.

    🙂 🙂 😀 😀

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  147. I thought that this book was a great read. I was really thrilling and pulled you in in every chapter. Felix is at a orphanage, he sneaks out to find his parents and on the way finds a house with two dead parents and a little girl named Zelda. Felix takes Zelda with him and they go through great adventures together…

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  148. Well there is lots to say about this book Once.

    Once is a very stuck in to and can’t get out of book, Once you have started reading it you can not stop. It is such an inspiring book. In some times it is funny and in some times it is extremely sad.

    If you enjoy reading books that make you a book worm I suggest you to read this book

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  149. I really enjoyed this book, it is very intriguing.
    I could read this book over and over without getting tired of it.
    When I started reading the book and found out it was set in Poland, I was very excited as My family is from Poland and I can relate to the story.
    My favourite character is Felix as he was very strong and persistent and did not give up.
    My favourite part of the story was when Felix rescues Zelda from the fire and they become good friends. They are such good friends that they could almost be brother and sister.
    I would recommend this book to anyone!!
    I love it.

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  150. yes i love the book it was great i liked it because it was such a good story line and i would read it again and anyone else would enjoy it i know it because it was great. My favourite part was when felix escaped from the Orphanage. For felix to get his parents back and the nazis to be a bit nicer. My favourite character was felix because he was the main character but he also did very well. I do recommend this book to others because you want to keep reading it to see what happen. I recommend this book to anyone because I think they would love it.

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  151. I loved this book once.It was hard to get at times but at the end it all made sense. This is a great book and i recommend it.

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  152. It was a fantastic read it was sad but had quiet a few happy and funny sections of the book
    It is an easy read and recommended for someone who can take a bit of full on and sad reading. It really shows how bad the world was when hitler was around and how hard thier life was to live
    great book am excited to read the next book now

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  153. I really liked this book. Its really good and interesting. Its sad at some parts but it made me feel happy at other times because it shows that Felix has hope for the future. Its really sad at some times because the Nazi’s are really mean to the Jews. I think that everyone should read this book and then read the following book ‘Then’.

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  154. Over the past few weeks that i have been reading this book i have really enjoyed it. It so unpredictable, you never know whats going to happen next. Felix is the main character. He is very caring and he has a very big imagination. i really liked this book and I’m going to try and find the sequel to it.

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  155. I loved this book once and it was a great book and anyone would love to read it.

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  156. I normally hate reading, and hate books but I loved this book so much, and I just wanted to keep reading and reading. My favourite character was Felix because he was always so brave and had such a good imagination to take Zelda’s mind off things. I don’t have a least favourite part of the book but there was many parts in the book were I was shocked of what happened, and many parts were so sad. If you like books all about the past, and history then I would reccomend this book, even if you don’t know anything about it, then read it to get a better understanding. I loved this book and the next night I was reading the following book, ‘Then’.

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  157. Hi,
    I am going to review a book called “Once”.
    This book is about a young child called Felix and he is on a search to find his parents. This story was set in Germany and Poland. Felix has Jewish parents who own a bookshop in Poland. Felix has been living in an orphanage in Poland and his parents said they would come back for him when they got more money. One night at dinner he saw something floating in his soup bowl that could mean that he is free from the orphanage! There, he begins his search to find his parents, while on the way he met a new friend, Zelda. She had lost her parents too. Together they push through to the end. My favourite character would have to be Felix, because he never gave up, and whatever he put his mind to he tried his best to complete. I found this book very inspiring and it will be a book that I will remember forever!

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  158. I have read once by morris gleitzman
    once is a great book and i would highly recommend it to grade 6 and up
    Once is about a jewish boy named felix who lives in an orphanage and one day goes out o find his parents who are jewish booksellers.
    on the way he finds a little but very stubborn girl named zelda and they become great friends.
    So they travel a long way and find a group of people and make great friends with them
    but then lots of things happen
    🙂

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  159. The first book by Morris Gleitzman and I thought it was beautiful although I would’ve liked another ending. Felix is such a strong character with so much to live for but so much trying to stop him. During the time of the Holocaust when many Jews were being killed Felix escapes from an orphanage to try and find his parents and he is confronted with many troubles. Good read!

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  160. Just recently I have finished reading a book called “Once & Then” By Morris Gleitzman. Once, and Then, are actually two books, but “Once” is what happens first in the story, and “Then” just continues the story to bring it to an ending.

    This book is mainly about a Jewish child that was in an orphanage, and he escapes to try and find his parents. He encounters many problems on his way, because the story takes place during the time, of when Hitler and the Nazi’s were trying to make a ‘Perfect Race’ and killing people who were Jewish.

    I thoroughly enjoyed knowing about history from the past, and how much some people had to go though on a regular basis, just to survive and keep their families safe.

    Overall, this book is a must read!

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  161. I LOVED this book. It really made me feel what the characters were feeling. Although it is a sad book at the end the start of it is still a great read. It’s about a boy named Felix and his family own a book shop.He and his family are Jew’s. One day some people come and burn down there home and the parents are gone. But he survived. He wants to go and look for his parents but it’s too dangerous. Felix gets put in a orphanage, he thinks that his parents have done this though so they can get out of their troubles. The rest is up to you to read though! It’s so good. So I recommend it to you!

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  162. This book is a 3 hanky read though all through the start and middle is not sad, it is at the end when you shed a tear.

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  163. absolutely beautiful. Felix is absolutely amazing. i love Morris Gleitzman especially because of this series. I reccomend it to anyone who wants to step back in time and live the life of a Jewish boy during the hardest of times.!

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  164. Once is a story of a young Jewish boy called Felix. Felix is living in world war 2 in an orphange. Felix leaves the orphanage in secretcy to find his parents and warn them that the Nazi’s are burning all the Jewish books and to save theirs while they have them. On his he finds a small girl called Zelda whos parents have been killed but she survived but neither of these 2 kids know what is going on WAR!!!!!

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  165. Once is a book about a boy named Felix. The story is set in world war two when the Nazi’s went around capturing and killing Jews.
    When Felix was young, his parents put him in an orphange for him to be safe there he became a Catholic. One night at the orphanage, while the children are eating their dinner, Felix finds a whole carrot in his soup. He believes that this is a sign from heaven that his parents are coming out to get him and take him home.
    You’ll have to read on to know the story. It is a very good book by Morris Gleitzman. I really enjoyed it you will too.

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  166. this book i read last ear at primary school, it was a really interesting booka nd informed me on what the nazi’s may of been like even know that this book was fiction. i enjoyed this book very much even though, it might not be a book that i would read reguarly. i recomend this book for grades 6-9.

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  167. ‘Once’ is a beautiful book about a little Jewish boy who lives in an orphanage with lots of other little kids. i found this book really exciting and interesting the way he tells stories to a little girl (who has lost her parent to a fire) so she wont keep nagging him. i love the ending but i will have to let you read it to find it out.

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  168. Once is about a little boy whose mum and dad put him in an orphanage when he was young. He found a carrot and thought it was a sign so he went out into the real world to try and find his parents. Life wasn’t as happy as he remembered all of the Jewish shops where closed, their was blood in the rivers and all of the Jewish people marching along the streets. Read this book to find out what was going to happen. I really love this book it takes you through all different emotions from sad to happy and excited of what is going to happen. I don’t really like reading books about war but this is definitely one to read. So borrow this book straight from the library and I promise you, you will not regret it!

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  169. One day Felix finds a carrot in his soup, he thinks this is a sign to find his parents. He escaped from the orphanage and embarks on a journey he could never imagine. He meets a young girl Zelda who has lost her parents. Zelda is full of questions and is always asking WHY? Together felix and zelda set out to find his parents. together they meet a man and a few other children, together they stick together. in the end they hop on a train and….you should read it…best book….children under the age of 10 should not read it..to hard to understand. 5/5 loved it…HAVE FUN READING GUYSS. xx

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  170. I absolutely love this book! It’s about the adventure of to children trying to find their parents in world war 2. It’s set in one of the children’s point of view which makes it a great read. It’s all about their adventure to find their parents and how they begin to understand what and why the war is about.
    It is very sad but a great adventure book. When i read it i couldn’t put it down and i finished it in two days and couldn’t wait to read the sequel “Then”
    I highly recommend this book to all who love adventure.

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  171. I recommend the book called ‘Once’ by Morris Glietzman.
    This is a fantastic book about a young boy named Felix, who is in an orphanage. Felix is Jewish and he loves you write stories. When Felix finds a whole carrot in his soup, he thinks it’s a sign that his parents are coming to get him.
    Felix gets away from the orphanage, and wishes to find his mum and dad.
    ‘Once’ is an incredible book set in the time with Nazi’s, about a boy who is determined to be re-united with his family.
    There’s also a sequel called ‘Then’, which follows Felix.
    I know this is in the library, so check it out if you haven’t already!

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  172. Once is about a boy named Felix. He thinks his parents are coming for him, so he goes looking for them, and ends up in a Nazis death trap. It is a great read and an awesome book. i recommend this book to anyone who has even a little bit of an interest about world war 2.

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  173. This book is a heart wrenching tale of a young boy caught in the midst of a war and a young girl the victim of war crimes. it is written from a young boys point of view named Felix and he lives in a Polish orphanage, he runs away and gets caught up in a world of cruelty, death and the rare seed of compassion.Felix lives in a Polish orphanage. He doesn’t know that he has been left there to protect him from the Nazi’s as his parents just left him there nealy four years before hand. When Felix finds a carrot in his soup, he believes it is a sign from his parents and escapes from the orphanage to find them. Little does he know that the country is at war and that as he is a Jew, he is in great danger.
    I recommend this book to everyone and anyone because it is a heart warming tale of a young boy and girls will to survive and the innocence of those that were killed.
    I rate it a 100/10

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  174. I LOVE this book soooooooo much that I’ve read it twice! I honestly could not put the book down it was so fantastic!!!!! Felix is so innocent and doesn’t realise what is actually happening and Zelda sounds really cute. I felt really sorry for both of them and I wished Felix would find his parents but deep down I knew he wouldn’t. The ending was so sad but I’m glad they survived and now I really want to find out what happens next. I would recommend this book to everyone because it is such a beautiful story anyone will love it.

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  175. I am still reading once but so far felix has found out barney is a dentist and he hangs around with the jewish kids in a cellar and get to know each other better. The town has a curfew and they can get shot if they get caught after hours. Felix is starting to understand things about this type of life. I cant relate to the characters. I recommend this to anyone. it is a good book i like it so much!

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  176. i am further in the book ‘once’ and it is about felix and he saves a girl from a burning house and found her parents dead, the little girls name was Zelda and they travel to the city to look for their parents, felix hasn’t told Zelda that her parents are dead, they arrive at the city and see a big long line of jews that are going through the gate but the children are getting pulled away by the nazis and being put on a truck. Felix and Zelda find a man called barney (i think thats his name) and he looks after felix and zelda along with other jewish kids. i cant relate to the characters just yet. I love this book and i recommend it to everyone!!!!!

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  177. Once is about a jewish boy named Felix. it is set in the time of hilter and Felix’s parent put him into a Catholic orphange to keep him safe.he spends many years in the orphange until on day Felix finds a whole carrot in his soup (he thinks it is a sign from his parents that it is safe to come home) so he escapes from the orphanage and sets out to find his parents. he doesn’t understand that his country is in a war against the jews and he is in such great danger. i love this book and i would recomend it to everyone!

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  178. This is a story about an young boy named Felix. It is a beautiful book and an all time favorite of mine. I read this at the start of the year and loved it. Morris Gleitzman has written many great books including this one which would be one of the best! I encourage you to read it if you haven’t done so yet.

    Felix is Jewish and is living in Poland during the holocaust. He does not understand what is going on though. He avoids the truth imaging better things than what could be happening. When Felix finds a carrot in his soup, he believes it is a sign from his parents and escapes from the orphanage to find them. he does not understand that his country is at war and that as he is a Jew, so therefor is in great danger.

    This book is quite adventurous and hard to put done once started but overall its fantastic!

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  179. For literature circles i am reading “Once”, and it is about a small jew called felix and he lives in an orphanage, he receives a full carrot in his soup, he thinks it is a sign from his mum and dad, he is so excited that the next day he sees a truck coming, obviously thinking that it was his mum and dad he got sad when it was men in uniforms and they were burning all the jewish books so he sneaks out of the orphanage and goes on this adventure and finds lots of things such as food, water, friendships, the german nazis and he find love and friendship. Felix doesn’t know what happens to jews when they run away so he is in for an adventure. I can’t relate to any of the characters. So far it has been a really fantastic book, i love this book. i recommend this to everyone because it is a book that really gets you emotional that you will never want to put down. i am still reading it so i will tell you more once i am further in the book or once i have finished it.

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  180. When I started reading Once, I couldn’t put the book down. It was a page turner like no other. It is about a young Jewish boy who has to be put in an orphanage to be protected from the danger outside caused by Hitler. The young boy, Felix, is stuck in the orphanage while his parents are outside being harassed by the Nazi soldiers. He finds a carrot in his soup one day, which is very rare. He believes that this is a sign that he has to go out and find his parents. So he did. While he is out he sees things that are terrible, but has no clue about whats happening. He doesn’t understand how dangerous it is, but he will soon find out. Join Felix on his quest to find his parents and discover what is happening to the other Jewish people. I recommend this book because it is amazing and you will be touched by Felix and his innocents, just as much as I was. START READING!!!!

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  181. I just finished reading a book that i really enjoyed.
    Once, by Morris Gleitzman.
    The book is about a young jewish kid living in poland during the holocaust. This boy, Felix, doesn’t know whats going on. He has an extremely creative imagination and uses it to avoid the truth. Felix was taken to a catholic orphanage by his parents they told him they’d come and get him later. That was four years ago and when some Nazi soldiers come and start burning the books he much adores he decides it’s time to find them. My favourite character was the young girl Felix met on his journey, Zelda. Anyone ages 10 and older could enjoy this book and i reccomend that you give it a go.

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  182. Once is one of the most beautiful books i have ever read it is about a boy named felix who’s been kept in a catholic orphanage to protect him from the german nazi’s, during the book he still believes he’s jewish parents are alive so he escapes to find them on his journey to find them he meets a young girl called zelda. Felix only beleives in the good things he beleives nazis are good and even when they are shooting at him he thinks they accedently do. felix and zelda are court but are saved by a dentistwho tells the oficers they are with him.
    i really love this book its just touches your heart and Zelda is just beautiful i recommend this book and its sequle to any body its just beautiful

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  183. With all the millions of books and movies, shows and articles, true stories and documentaries about the second world war out there, you may ask yourself “What is the point of reading a book about something that has been covered on so many different levels?” You would be right to ask yourself this but the way “Once” is written makes this book original and tells the story of the second world war in a way you will never forget. I first read this book in grade 6. Back then, I had no idea what the second world war was about. I knew Hitler was involved, but not who was targeted, why it hapenned and what hapenned to all the prisoners.
    If you have little knowledge of the second world war, then read this book. It is written from the eyes of a young boy who knows nothing about the second world war even though he is living in it. You learn about the war through his experiences and realisations as he suddenly begins to understand what is hapenning around him.
    Felix lives in a Polish orphanage. He doesn’t know that he has been left there to protect him from the Nazi’s as his parents just left him there nealy four years before hand. When Felix finds a carrot in his soup, he believes it is a sign from his parents and escapes from the orphanage to find them. Little does he know that the country is at war and that as he is a Jew, he is in great danger.
    I have read this book three times and each time I have enjoyed it more and more. It ended rather abruptly which I was very disappointed about until I found out that Morris Gleitzman has written a sequel to it called “Then”. I highly reccommend “Once” as it is very easy to read, gripping, heart wrenching and informative.

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  184. this book is heart felt. I really enjoyed getting to read this book through the school and have been able to go on and recommend it to others which is what I am doing now. You have to feel all the emotions the characters feel with the struggle and loss they have and continue to go through. Irecommend this book to every one because it’s not just a book a few people will like but the type that many fall in love with.

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  185. this is my favourite wartime book apart from anne frank. i just finished Then the sequel to Once i really liked it.
    must readss.. dont you know annyythingg?

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  186. I found this hard to get into but once you have started it is a great book and it is very enjoyable.

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  187. I love Morris Gleitzman’s books. My favourite book of his is definatly once. I LOVE this book and if you are interested in other countries culture, I recomend it to all.

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  188. i really enjoyed reading this book. it is one of my favourite books that i have read. i recommend it to anyone that has not read it.

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  189. I have read many books that have caught my eye and that have been recommended to me, but this is definitley one of top five. I enjoyed Once so much because it has a gripping story line and it makes you think about your own family and what you would do if you lost your family and the things that you cared most about. I definitley recommend this book.

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  190. I have read many Morris Gleitzman books and this is one of the best I have read by him. I like how at times he builds the tension up and makes you realy interested in what is going on in the book. The plot in this book was fairly good. He guides us through Felixs journey with many twists and turns and makes you want to keep reading and not but the book down!

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  191. This quickly became my favourite Morris Gleitzman book although I would have liked another ending. Looking at the world through the eyes of an innocent boy gives this book a different perspective when compared to many other books set in this period. Felix’s naivety to the realities and danger surrounding him makes you want to shake him at times but simultaneously you also want to protect him from the evils that he’s facing. His eternal optimism keeps you hoping that everything will end the way Felix expects it to.

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