Morris Gleitzman Biography

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Once & Then
Morris Gleitzman, a well-known English writer with more than 20 amazing books to his name. Once & Then, the book being reviewed, is packaged as an ‘adult edition’ brings together two famous World War 2 novels based on holocausts: ‘Once’, published in 2005 and ‘then’, published in 2008.

Felix is an optimistic 10 years-old boy living in a Catholic Orphanage since he was a little baby. Felix changes from innocently naïve, not realizing the true horrors of the Holocaust; to more mature, constantly being cautious and on the lookout for Zelda, his new family. Zelda, a ‘lively’ little 6 years-old girl whose family was killed by the
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This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. Once you have read a few pages of the book, you’ll just want to keep reading on. There are many more books that Morris Gleitzman has published that are also interesting but l find that the book ‘Once &Then’ is the most fascinating. This is one of those books that I can’t even take my eyes off. To be honest I wasn’t actually keen at first to read it, since l read the blurb at the back. It was about war and how the Nazis have taken over the Jews. I was assuming it was just about fighting and murder but once l read a few pages, l was amazed how this novel was set. It had both the elements of drama and adventure. Some parts of the book actually got me giggling to myself. I can’t say I don’t like anything about this book; Morris Gleitzman is by far, one of the most brilliant authors alive in my opinion. He wrote the truthful horror of the Holocaust and mixed it with some light humor creating this fine book. This story helped me realized the bitter truth about the Holocaust in a way easier for young people to digest. The ending of the book was the best I’ve seen. I love how he just slowly build the climax and then unleashed what I would say, a big ‘bang’ to the audience. This book got me hungry for more, I wanted to read the next sequel so bad but unfortunately my classmate borrowed the book before me. Once & Then is a true novel

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