Then by Morris Gleitzman

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Felix and Zelda have escaped the train to the death camp, but where do they go now? They're two runaway kids in Nazi-occupied Poland. Danger lies at every turn of the road.  With the help of a woman named Genia and their active imaginations, Felix and Zelda find a new home and begin to heal, forming a new family together. But can it last? Morris Gleitzman's winning characters will tug at readers' hearts as they struggle to survive in the harsh political climate of Poland in 1942. Their lives are difficult, but they always remember what matters: family, love, and hope.
 

About Morris Gleitzman

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Morris Gleitzman has been a sugar-mill employee, frozen-chicken defroster, fashion-industry trainee, department-store Santa, and screenwriter, among other things. Now he's one of Australia's best-loved children's book authors, with books published worldwide.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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These references provide necessary light moments in a book that shows the passage of the children from innocence to terrible reality: There seem to be no happy endings for Felix.

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Once and Then by Morris Gleitzman Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Morris Gleitzman's novella opens with the most memorable gruel sce...

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Once and Then by Morris Gleitzman Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Two short novels originally aimed at teenagers, dealing with the s...

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Four stunning titles have been shortlisted for the 2009 Guardian children's fiction prize, reflecting both the breadth of writing for children and young adults and an optimism about the power of story to inform and guide.

Sep 12 2009 | Read Full Review of Then

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The average 10-year-old will leave this book sadder and wiser about the race of men - but, like the very best children's books, Then should be read by adults as well.

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This harrowing sequel to Once picks up the story of 10-year-old Felix and six-year-old Zelda after their leap from a train carrying Jews to a concentration camp.

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Suite 101

During a heated moment, a man slaps a three year old boy who is not his son, nor a relation of his.

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The Bookbag

And there is no way you're going to put this book down until you've found out what happens to Zelda and Felix and whether or not they make it to safety.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Then

Historical Novel Society

With Felix, a 14-year-old Polish Jewish boy, the reader witnesses terrifying, incomprehensible incidents, but as Felix grows in understanding he realizes the truth behind the events.

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Historical Novel Society

The ending is abrupt as Felix, a diverse and motivated character full of charm, intelligence and bravery is deprived of Now – the third story he so richly deserves.

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