Morris Gleitzman's novel Once is a gripping historical adventure that follows the journey of a young Jewish boy who escapes from a Polish orphanage and goes in search of his parents.
Felix's insightful and innocent observations provide an original perspective on events as they unfold in Nazi-occupied Poland. The result is a sad, haunting tale that will linger for long after the last page.
A compelling read that will appeal to boys and girls from 9+. Fans of Once may also enjoy The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.
This is a beautifully written and very moving book. My son (nearly nine) really liked it. It is very sad though so be prepared to talk about its subject matter with your child.
Moving and thought-provoking -
Beautifully written book about Felix, a Jewish boy, searching for his parents and fleeing from the Nazis. My son, who's 10, has recently read this book and absolutely loved it, so much so, that he asked me to buy the series. I've also read the book and found it beautifully, but simply written. Once is written from Felix's point of view so the reader only knows what Felix himself has discovered. This book addresses a difficult subject in a sensitive way and really succeeds in bringing the Holocaust to life in a way that older children will find gripping and engaging.
"Loved it!" -
I read this book when I was in secondary. And apart from all the violence, I loved it!