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Publisher's Summary

Felix lives in a convent orphanage high in the mountains in Poland. He is convinced his parents are still alive and that they will one day come back to get him. When Nazi soldiers come to the orphanage Felix decides to escape and make his way home. The journey to find his parents is a long and difficult one, as all of Poland is occupied by the Nazis and a dangerous place for a Jewish boy. Felix manages to live and look after himself and another orphan, Zelda, with the help of a kind dentist, Barney, who is hiding and looking after a number of Jewish children. When the Nazis discover them, Barney makes the ultimate sacrifice for the children, electing to go with them on the train to the death camps, rather than taking the option of freedom offered by a Nazi soldier, one of his grateful patients.
©2005 Morris Gleitzman (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles, Ages 8+

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once ..loved by all

i bought this book for my 11 yr old boy
who loved it but the person who really adored it
was my 8 yr old niece who listened it to over and over again.
this story really captured her imagination.

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Kids Favourite

My kids loved this story and series in fact. At first I thought it a bit naive and young for them but I liked the way it gently introduced what would have been the experiences of a child during this time of history. They couldn't get enough of it and were talking about it for ages. Great read great story, loved hearing the author read.

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Fantastic story, well told

This is a fantastic story about a young Jewish boy, an orphan who tries to survive in Poland in 1942 when Hitlers brutal soldiers take over. He is a wonderful storyteller and his stories help other children. I couldn't put it down! Excellent narration as well.

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Love that the author read it.

knowing the author read this means that all the right parts were emphasized. looking forward to the next one.

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wonderful

wonderful story... great narration. unthinkable horrors from a child's perspective... full of Hope.. love
gratitude.

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Such a sad story

What did you love best about Once?

That the boy tried to write stories about his experiences.

What other book might you compare Once to and why?

The boy in the striped pajamas

What does Morris Gleitzman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was more sad I think listening to it. If I'd been reading it I'd not have finished it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry cry. Laugh a little then cry some more.

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Love this book

Really like hearing this story being read by the author. Morris Gleitzman is a great reader and writer. An amazing story of optimism and friendship. Highly recommended to people of all ages, especially kids. If you love this book, definitely go on and listen to 'Then', 'Now' and 'After'.

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I enjoyed this book... My kids loved it

This is a good story in a kids perspective on a topic we all know. Both of my daughters enjoyed it so much that they put it on their ipods.

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Excellent for Children and Adults

I listened to this with an 8 yr old. We both thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a story of a child who lives during the Nazi occupation of Poland and is told in his voice and from his standpoint. Highly recommend.

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Brillant, raw, insightful and so much more

So heartbreaking and moving. Loved all the characters. Will get all the kids to listen to it.
Barney & Fliex are such heroes and the little girls that jumped.

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  • Mrs Baxter
  • 08-30-18

A moving, emotional tale.

The author has crafted this book extremely well, unrolling the answers to the readers' questions as they form in their minds, like dangling a large carrot in front of them. Easy to read level-wise, but definitely not easy to read. I would recommend to mature year 6 children(age 11) and above. An excellent listen.

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  • Char parry
  • 12-13-21

amazing kids book

love the book it's a amazing kids book I recommend it for schools xx

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  • MR AD ELLIOTT
  • 09-30-20

More than 5 star

The story was phenomenal. The narators voice was calm and mellow and he went at just the right pace as well. Brilliant first experience of audible . Loved it.

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  • Alex LoWe
  • 08-26-19

Great storyline read with passion

I really loved this book. Great storyline and a real insight into history from a child's point of view. This audiobook is read with passion and clarity. Highly recommended.

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  • Dog lover
  • 03-10-16

Once we read a book

Good story, catches the imagination, interesting. It was exciting and adventurous but sad. Be prepared.

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  • Daniel Lee Laurence Perry
  • 06-11-21

Sad but really good at the same time .I loved it

I loved it

It is sad how to kids sometimes die but
Still really good.

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  • Sarah Hawke
  • 10-08-19

good

its ok but
meh thats all buh bye mah kiwis!! @-@
live flappy in the wild for da kiwi alpha *^*

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  • Vee
  • 08-03-18

Didn't realise it was a children's book but still

A great read. Well developed the characters in what are unimaginable circumstances. Good book to teach children about a personal perspective of this period in history.

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  • Rebecca
  • 01-24-22

Cool

It was really sad but I don’t like how the story endid but overall it was really good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-21

Sad, but heartwarming

I read the book and it’s heartwarming. Once, I read once and reading unknown then

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

this book is incredible

I want to tell you the story of me reading this book as it will tell you about my review the start of the book was hard to get through and it took me about 2 weeks to get through the first third of the book but after that it started getting really good and I could not stop listening and it was amazing. I read over an hour of a book in one day it was incredible and I loved it. even though I did not do this reading by choice as it was a book given to me to read for school I'm so grateful that I read it and finished it. I'm writing this review just after I finished it so you get my freshmind straight out of this book and I'm moved by what happened at this time and how sad the holocaust was.

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  • alice stafford
  • 05-11-20

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Nice book. had to do this for school lol sksksksksksk it was good though kinda sad though

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-20

What I think

I loved how it brought up issues and how much love was spread

My favourite character was Zelda

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-20

loved it!

i absolutely loved this book, so realistic from a child's perspective. deffently worth the read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-20

All time favourite book!

I have always loved this book but it's even better as an audio book! Loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-20

Life as a Jewish child...war and atrocities

A must read. Painful but what an inspirational story...never to forget! Earn a position amongst the great world war classics ...like: ‘The hiding place’ and ‘All’s quiet on the Western Front’.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-20

Incredible

one of the best books. it has been my favourite since the first time I was read this book was in primary school. can't wait to listen to all 5 of the remaining.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-19

Great story but one issue

I liked the story overall but it was read slowly or the story was just slow! I love reading the books but not listening to the audio books.