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Now (Once #3)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  3,701 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
Set in the current day, this is the final book in Morris Gleitzman's series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.

Felix is a grandfather. He has achieved much in his life and is widely admired in the community. He has mostly buried the painful memories of his childhood, but they resurface when his granddaughter Zelda comes to stay with him. Together th
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Square Fish (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jenny / Wondrous Reads
I'm a big fan of Morris Gleitzman's highly underrated WWII series, and have been anticipating this title since I first read Once and Then over a year ago. Now is set in present day Australia and, though it's not the best of the trilogy, it's a brilliant end to Felix's heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful story.

Gleitzman's series has been consistently shocking, funny and important, and has mostly focused on Felix as a young boy. In Now, Felix is an old man, with a successful life and a loving fam
Alex Baugh
May 02, 2012 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
‘Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad. Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house. Once I made a Nazi with a toothache laugh. My name is Felix. This is my story.'

‘Then I had a plan for me and Zelda. Pretend to be someone else. Find new parents. Be safe forever. Then the Nazis came.’

‘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. At least he
Now is set in present day Australia and, though it's not the best of the four books in the series, it's a brilliant end to Felix's heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful story.

Felix is a wonderful character, both as an innocent child and as a wise old man. He's a fictional testament to all those people who survived the horrific events of the Holocaust. I'll never forget his story, or the stories of the real survivors who lived on to tell their tales.
Our Library Mornington
Felix is an 80 year old grandfather, a highly esteemed retired doctor who still struggles to come to terms with the nightmare that was his childhood. With the help of his 11 year old grand-daughter Zelda, Felix will face the ghosts of his past when together they face another frightening battle for survival – the bushfires of Victoria’s Black Saturday.

Australia has many children’s authors to be proud of, and Morris Gleitzman is one of my favourites. Again he has woven a story that sensitively and
I'm not going to go into details about what the book is about etc. I'm sure somone else will do that, and honestly what's reading the book for? Anyway, back to the book. I LOVED it. It was amazing, I could go n forever. What I really loved was that Morris Gleitzman once again, used real life situations.

I cried when I read Once. I cried when I read Then. I cried when I read Now. Gleitzman is a very good author, he makes you beleive whole heartedly in what your reading. What really affected me th
Aug 19, 2012 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't the end of this series, there is a fourth book which has just been released called "After" which I'm really looking forward to reading as it continues Felix's story when he defeats the Nazis. So instead of the final book being voiced through Felix, it's all from Felix's grand-daughter Zelda's point of view. I liked this book but not as much as the other two, mainly because I liked Felix as a character and didn't have that same feeling for Zelda. I also think it's because there was so ...more
Candy Gourlay
Mar 11, 2012 Candy Gourlay is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I can tell from the first few chapters that this is not quite on par with Once and Then. But I'm willing to give it a chance. Will get back to it later.
Erin Mcfarlane
Mar 03, 2014 Erin Mcfarlane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now is an interesting book about the Victorian bushfires a few years ago. I love the way it shows how Felix, who lived in World War Two, was surviving in his older years. This is the only book in the series based not mainly on Felix, but on his granddaughter Zelda(named after Felix's friend from WW2). I think having the book from a newer perspective changed what I thought about the book. Zelda is faced with a bully, who is really just trying to protect her younger brother, and she is a bit judge ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This book is the third and last in the trilogy about Felix, a Holocaust survivor. The first two books, Once and Then, describe how Felix, a Jewish boy, escaped from the Nazis but lost his best friend Zelda, a little German girl. These books were told from the childish, naive point of view of Felix, and included vivid descriptions of Nazi horrors.

This book is set many years later in Australia, where Felix, now an old man, is living with his granddaughter Zelda, named after the little German girl
May 12, 2010 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Now' is the final book of the series following 'Once' and 'Then', the story of Felix Salinger, a young Jewish boy trying to keep himself and his friend, Zelda safe from the Nazis. 'Once and 'Then' brought tears to my eyes, as did 'Now'

In 'Now' Felix is now 80 years old, a retired surgeon and living in Australia, his grand~daughter Zelda comes to live with him when her parents (both doctors) go to Darfur. Zelda misses her parents and friends but adores living with her beloved grandfather and his
Sep 11, 2010 Faa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew Felix all the way back when he was still a child, running from orphanage and lived inside the hell of the world. I also knew Zelda, I mean the other Zelda, who perished in the hands of Nazis back in Poland. I can say, that Felix and the first-Zelda were like dear friend to me. For me to be able to find out what happened to Felix after the war and the rest of his life, I am honoured!

Although the third book of Felix and Zelda was not as emotionally touched as the first and the second (Once
Mar 20, 2012 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felix is hiding. His parents left him at a convent with other orphans, and then they fled. Because Felix is Jewish, and it’s not a very good time to be Jewish at the moment, what with the war and all.

When Felix receives a sign (in the form of a whole carrot) he is sure it means his parents are returning for him. So he takes his beloved notebook, full of fanciful stories, and he leaves the convent to go in search of his parents.

Along the way he sees the truth of the war. He watches people marchin
Zelda is an eleven year old girl who is trying to live up to her name. She was named after her grandfather's best childhood friend. The original Zelda was a six year old girl who was killed by the Nazis. Zelda is sent to live with her grandfather, Felix, while her parents are working in Africa. Zelda adores Felix, but since moving to his house, she has become the target of bullying. When a wild fire breaks out near Felix's house, Felix orders Zelda to take the bus to South Melbourne promising th ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Brodief rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read the book "Now" by Morris Gleitzman because after reading the first two books in the series I had to finish the series.

The category on the bingo board that this book fits into is a book with a female main character.

The character I found most interesting was Zelda. Zelda is the main character. She always looks up to others and tries to be a great role-model for younger generations. She wants to be the best person she can possibly be and all of those things I think I can relate to
Jun 27, 2010 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ONCE upon a time there was a 10 year old Jewish boy called Felix whose parents were taken away by the Nazis. THEN, his close friend and ally, Zelda, was taken away from him also. NOW, Felix is 80, living in Australia, and trying to protect another Zelda, his grandaughter who is also our narrator.

NOW is the conclusion to Morris Gleitzman's wonderful trilogy for children which brings us from 1940s Poland to present day Australia. The author insists that all three books can be read as stand-alones
Jessica Aitoro
Jumps ahead to present time...I would have liked more continuity of Felix's story from the first two books...but there is a 4th that returns to what happened immediately after WW2, that was not located with the first three books at the book sale!
Apr 07, 2013 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now was a fairly good read.
It was well-written and there was nothing wrong with the plot, but I just didn't like the new main character (Zelda, named after the other Zelda)
I can't exactly put my finger on why I didn't like her all that much, just that I did. I also just don't really like the idea that Felix got old.
Also, I got confused with how Zelda came to be. In the whole of the book it is never mentioned that Felix adopted a child, or had one, but it is mentioned that Zelda is somehow his g
Hilary Woolf
Aug 28, 2016 Hilary Woolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book can be read independently from the first two in the series. It skips 70 years in time. Felix is now 80 yrs old. I would have liked to have continued this story where the last book finished but from what I have read from reviews of the next book hopefully the story goes back to WW2 again. This story deals with bullying, natural disaster and loss. I missed reading about Felix as a child.
Jul 21, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read this book i could not put it down, you will cry, you will laugh. It is a mixed emotion book. 5 shining stars
Now is part of a series by Morris Gleitzman. Now has little introduction, and jumps right into the story. Zelda's parents are in Darfur, Africa operating on patients in need. As a result, Zelda lives with her grandfather Felix in Australia. Zelda left her old school and friends in South Melborne, Australia and moved to live with Felix. Felix is a World War II holocaust survivor.

During the story, Zelda gets bullied by a girl named Tonya, and other girls, as she is new to the area and school. Zeld
Now is the third book in a series by Morris Gleitzman. The story follows Felix and his granddaughter, Zelda, in 2009 in Australia. Zelda has recently moved in with her grandfather and is going through many of the challenges of moving to a new town and school without friends. Zelda's only care is her grandfather, and spending as much time as possible with him. They soon find themselves in the middle of the Black Saturday Bushfire, and realize just how important family is.
I am not very sure about
Sep 15, 2014 Vogel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. In what ways is this text different or similar to others that you have read ?

Along in the series this one you would expect to carry on with the World War Two theme in battle scared Poland, instead it puts this story in the eyes of Felix's granddaughter, Zelda, who was named after his best friend who died back in Poland. The main theme is based in modern day Australia which you might expect to not enclude any action/suspence themes. But of course the book finds a away to stir up the entire si
Jun 08, 2014 Sarah-Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, wwii
The third installment in the series about Felix, a Jewish child who survived Nazi occupied Poland. As the title suggests, Gleitzman brings Felix's story up to the present day. We learn that Felix emigrated to Australia, became a brilliant surgeon and is currently looking after his granddaughter Zelda who was named after Felix's best friend in the first two books.

Granddaughter Zelda feels pressured to live up to the earlier, braver and fearless "real" Zelda whilst Felix is confronting demons from
Aug 02, 2016 Cassie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

Now is the story continuing on the first book ‘Once’ followed by ‘Then’. This story is speaking about what happened after WWII. Now is set in hot summer days in Melbourne, Australia. I love all the books written about Felix but this one isn’t my favourite compared to ‘Once’ and ‘Then’. It speaks about his granddaughter named Zelda who is named after Felix’s best friend who protected him when they were is hiding. Zelda (Felix’s granddaughter) wants to find out more about Felix’s childhood due to
Ellen Broadhurst
This story takes place in present day (2013) Australia and the main character is the Felix, the young man who survived by hiding from the Nazis in "Once" and "Then." Felix is an old man now, and while he has lived an exemplary life and has become a significant contributor to society, you can feel through the descriptive language of the young narrator (his granddaughter), that he is deeply scarred.

The moral of this story runs deep, and involves the relationship between the granddaughter and her
May 29, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AUTHOR: Morris Glietzman

BOOK DESCRIPTION: The book, Now, is the third book in a four book series. The first two books in the series, Once and Then, are from the point of view of a young boy while World War II is going on around him. The third book Now is about a girl called Zelda and her grandfather, Felix. Her and her grandfather are very close and enjoy spending long days together. When tragedy strikes in their town, it only brings them closer to one another as they
Feb 11, 2011 Emi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was good, but the plot was extremely different to the first two books. I preferred the first two books story line, but this taught me a lot about Australia. I predicted in my mind what would happen, but I never imagined the fire, that was very of my prediction. This was very interesting, the title mad e a good first impression. I wonder who was who.
Khalid Halabi
Mar 22, 2015 Khalid Halabi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now is the third book I after Once and Then. In the books before, Felix and his friend Zelda had endured Nazi Germany Zelda was a very good friend during World War Two. Now, Felix is an old man. He lives in Australia, and his family also lives there. His daughter and her husband have gone to Africa, to help the children there. His granddaughter is now staying with him. Zelda, his granddaughter, does not feel that she lives up to Zelda' s memory. Zelda starts to prepare for her grandfather's birt ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In this book we are warped forward in time to a modern Australia where the Jewish boy from books 1 & 2 is a grandfather of a girl named Zelda. I loved the first books although the writing style wasn't my favourite I still thoroughly enjoyed them. I still was not a fan of this writing style but it wasn't really bugging me. What bugged me was that the story was about a clueless young boy called Felix not his granddaughter! This book was really slow paced but it was also irrelevant to the whole ...more
NOW there's another girl named Zelda....not as fierce, more self-aware...a Zelda who needs to channel some of that angry little girl in WWII.

Now, we're in Australia, and Felix is an old man, retired from his successful career as a surgeon, a healer. Zelda is his granddaughter, foisted off on Felix while her parents, also doctors are off saving Africa. Now she is faced with being tormented as the new girl. She know most of the first Zelda's story, and she tries to be brave.

Now, we see Felix stil
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Morris began his writing career as a screenwriter, and wrote his first children's novel in 1985. His brilliantly comic style has endeared him to children and adults alike, and he is now one of Australia's most successful authors, both internationally and at home. He was born in England in 1953 and emigrated to Australia in 1969 so he could escape from school and become a Very Famous Writer.

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Once (5 books)
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  • After (Once, #4)
  • Soon (Once, #5)

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