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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 9780805090277
Published 10 May 2011 by Henry Holt & Company
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Series Once (part: 2)
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ISBN-13 9780805090277
ISBN-10 0805090274
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Henry Holt & Company
Imprint Henry Holt & Company
Publication Date 10 May 2011
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Series Once (part: 2)
Category Adventure Stories
Historical Fiction
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Number of Pages 198 pp
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 217mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 318g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress Orphans, Survival, Poland - History - Occupation, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945 - Poland, Separation (Psychology)
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code 823.3
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review <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> 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 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. His books have been published all over the world.

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