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For use in schools and libraries only. In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive, first on their own and then with Genia, a farmer with her own reasons for hating Germans.

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ISBN 9780606319041
Barcode 9780606319041
Published 21 May 2013 by Turtleback Books
Format Library Binding, Bound for Schools & Libraries ed.
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Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Series Once (part: 2)
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ISBN-13 9780606319041
ISBN-10 0606319042
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Turtleback Books
Imprint Turtleback Books
Publication Date 21 May 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Library Binding, Bound for Schools & Libraries ed.
Edition Bound for Schools & Libraries ed.
Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Series Once (part: 2)
Category Adventure Stories
Historical Fiction
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Number of Pages 198
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 206mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 272g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Orphans, Survival, Poland - History - Occupation, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945 - Poland
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 599233

Description of this Book

Felix and Zelda have escaped the death camp train, 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review <p>SYDNEY TAYLOR HONOR BOOK<p>* In a conclusion both devastating and hopeful, the innocence and maturity of Felix's narrative voice conveys human resilience when faced with the impossible. -- Publishers Weekly , starred review<p>* Sequel to the searing Once , this tale of young people trying to survive in Poland during World War II is equally powerful. . . . Despite all the grinding misery and the moments of sheer terror, Felix retains his humanity, and a reader surely must walk with the protagonists on their long and tortured journey. -- Kirkus Reviews , starred review<p>* While the protagonists are young, this book is for older readers as it spares nothing in its imaginings of the losses and horror that were the Holocaust. -- School Library Journal, starred review<p> There is no triumphant climax, and right up until the shocking end, the story of hidden children will grab readers with its details of the daily tension of rescue and betrayal. -- Booklist

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Author's Bio

Morris Gleitzman has been a frozen-chicken defroster, fashion-industry trainee, department-store Santa, sugar-mill employee, and screenwriter, among other things. Now he's one of Australia's best-loved children's book authors, with books published worldwide.

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