Felix has been living in an orphanage for three years and eight months when the men in armbands arrive to burn the books.Going on the run in search of his parents, Felix soon learns that Poland in 1942 is not a safe place for Jewish boys.
In Then - Morris Gleitzman's heartbreaking children's novel set during the Nazi occupation of Poland during the Second World War - Jewish orphan Felix and his best friend Zelda have been captured and are on the way to a concentration camp, unless they manage to escape.
Sometimes facing the past is the bravest act of all...ONCE: I didn't know about my grandfather Felix's scary childhood.THEN:I found out what the Nazis did to his best friend Zelda.NOW:I understand why Felix does the things he does.
After.The Nazis took my parents I was scared.After.They killed my best friend I was angry.After.They ruined my thirteenth birthday I was determined to get to the forest, to join forces with Gabriek and Yuli.
It's 1946. The war is over and Europe lies in ruins. Fourteen year old Felix dreams of finding happiness elsewhere. When he's offered the chance to go to Australia, he seizes the opportunity.
The war has officially ended, but the streets are still a battleground - for food, for shelter, for protection. Felix is in hiding to stay safe, but has been left holding the baby - literally.
It's fifteen years since readers were first introduced to Felix in Once and across six celebrated books, our brave young hero has survived many unforgettable and emotional journeys.
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