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Morris Gleitzman

This historical novel about racism, war, the abuse of power and the holocaust, is the kick-off to a series of five: Felix is a 9-year-old Jewish boy hiding in Nazi-occupied Poland 1942. Separated from his parents, he is waiting in an orphanage, under the impression that his parents are just trying to save their book business. So, when Nazi soldiers appear at the orphanage and start burning books, Felix feels the need to warn his parents and takes off on his own. What the young boy doesn’t realise is that he has just run straight into the arms of Nazi-occupied Poland…

The novel might serve as a starting point for an interdisciplinary teaching project with the subject of History, Politics, Ethics and Social Science.

· · 2005

Critical edition

Gleitzman, Morris. Once. Puffin, 2006. 160 pp., ISBN 9780141320632

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In favour of this entry

  • Award-winning
  • Beyond the US and the UK
  • Democratic and political education
  • Explores historical contexts
  • Interdisciplinary or cross-curricular teaching
  • Silenced voices
  • Students can identify with the text