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Then (Once #2)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  3,309 ratings  ·  339 reviews
I had a plan for me and Zelda. Pretend to be someone else. Find new parents. Be safe forever. Then the Nazis came.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Puffin Books (first published June 26th 2008)
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Rebecca- Books
*SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ ONCE*

When I finished the review for the first book in this series, Once, I said that I would look out for the rest of the books in the series. However, after going to my nearest town - no HIGH STREET (I never go there because it is so small and has a crap selection of books in the library), I found this one, waiting for me.
WOW, didn't realise I would find it THAT quickly. So...I picked it up.

Synopsis: The book starts where the previous one left off after the...more
Brodief
I decided to read the book "Then" by Morris Gleitzman because I had read the first book in the series "Once" at Intermediate School and really enjoyed it.

The category that this book fits into on the bingo board is, a book set in another time in history.

The character I found most interesting was Felix. I feel I can relate to him because he worries (like I do at times) about lots of things and his actions at time can get him into danger. Felix is only 10 years old. He likes to explore, he likes to...more
Lisa Vegan
Nov 04, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every reader who enjoyed the book Once
This is the second book in a trilogy, children’s novels with children characters about the Holocaust. In the first book, Once, the first word of each chapter was Once. Here, the first word in each chapter is Then. It works! Book 2 in a trilogy: typically the weakest book, but this book is as strong (and devastating and heartwarming) as is book 1. Packs a huge punch to the gut; for me the punch was completely worth taking. Lovely book. I’ll be reading the 3rd book even though I suspect it will be...more
Sam
*Sniff Sniff* Why?! Why did Morris Gleitzman write such a sad story!! This is the follow on to his first book on the holocaust called “Once”. It continues the story of the young Jewsish boy Felix and his little 6 year old friend Zelda. I can’t really say that I enjoyed the first book or this book because it’s such an emotional topic, but I can say that I liked it because Felix felt very real and his voice was very strong throughout the book. It felt exactly like I was hearing the story straight...more
Jessi
I am simply amazed at how invested I became in this short little story. It is hilarious and heartbreaking simultaneously. I continued to fall in love with Felix and now am terrified for him and can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.
Banafsheh Serov
Once and its sequel, Then are harrowing and beautifully told stories of ten year old Felix; a Jewish boy caught in the midst of the Holocaust. Similar to The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas and equally as good, Once and Then are told through the eyes of Felix, illustrating with child like purity the senselessness of war.

Once opens with Felix in a catholic orphanage where his parents had placed him in 1939. Two years later he escapes the orphanage to find the world outside changed dramatically. He su...more
Richie Partington
16 June 2011 THEN by Morris Gleitzman, Henry Holt, May 2011, 208p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9027-7

"'That's okay,' says Zelda in a small voice. 'I'm not hungry.
'"I know she is because I am.
"I hug her even tighter. Sometimes love from your family can make your tummy not hurt quite so much."

What happens when a group of people is hated because of their ethnic or religious identity? You end up with a Holocaust. Millions of innocent people, including children, who have done nothing beyond having been random...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
The second book in this Holocaust trilogy was just as chilling and horrific as the first book, Once. It picks up exactly where Once left off, with Felix, age 10, and Zelda, age 6, fleeing through the countryside after managing to escape from a Nazi death train. I couldn't read this one all in one sitting; I had to read a few chapters at a time and stop. Just when you think everything may finally be all right for them, something horrible happens. The feeling of tension, of waiting for the other s...more
Gerund
From the very first page of Then, you know that this not your usual children’s book.

As the narrator, 10-year-old Felix, comments: “You know how when you and two friends jump off a train that’s going to a Nazi death camp and you nearly knock yourself unconscious but you manage not to... but your friend Chaya isn’t so lucky and she gets killed so you bury her under some ferns and wild flowers...?”

It’s safe to say that most children who read this book won’t “know how” – not first-hand, anyway. Thi...more
Diana Gagliardi
The problem with books like this is that they are TOO good. They are too good at letting you see the craziness of war and the struggle of children who try their best not to be killed. They are too good at showing you what can happen to good people. They are too good at confusing you with all the grays and shadows of morality...

Don't read this book if you don't want to think, and probably cry. I am still stopping and blowing my nose even as I write this. Because I can all too easily see what woul...more
Nive16
this is about a boy named felix,who is trying to save himselfand another girl named Zelda from the nazis who hate jewsand they bring them to a death camp where they them alive. read to find about how they save themselves from the Nazis
Sally Kruger
Always on the lookout for interesting accounts of the Holocaust, I picked this one up a few weeks ago. It wasn't until I got it home that I discovered it is book #2 of a trilogy. Last night I decided to go ahead and dive into the middle of things and just see what happened. Well, I'm finished and off to order the other two books!

Felix is ten and Zelda is six. Felix is Jewish and Zelda is Catholic. They are both witnesses to the horror and violence of the Nazis. Having escaped from a prison camp...more
Alex Baugh
Then continues the story of 10 year old Felix begun in Once. When Once ended, Felix and Zelda had just jumped from the cattle car heading to a concentration camp.

Then picks up the story as they flee through a forest. When they emerge from it, the first thing they see is a large pit in the ground full of the bodies of children and Nazis with machine guns standing around it. They flee back into the forest when the Nazis start shooting at them. While hiding, Felix and Zelda decide that the best th...more
Sofia
Then is part of a series (Once/Then/Now/After) so if you're reading it be careful of spoilers! :P
I finished Then the other day, reading in bed. It almost made me cry. I thought Once was good - it really made me realise how lucky I really am - but (it's hard to believe) Then was even better :3

It leaves straight off from Once, when Zelda and Felix jump off the train on the way to a death camp. It follows them as they look for someone to look after them and to hide with. They eventually find a kind...more
Saffron
This is a great book - funny, moving and harrowing almost in equal measure. From the opening page, it grabs hold of you and demands your attention. There's no preamble - the story jumps straight into the action where the two protagonists are running for their lives having jumped off a train heading for a Nazi death camp. Felix, a Jewish boy and the younger Zelda, a Gentile girl, have both become orphans due to the Second World War and are desperately trying to survive in occupied Poland. With no...more
Gabi
This simple book hooked me and I finished it within 24 hours. The repetitive phrases ("You know how when you're..." etc.) get slightly annoying but there is a lot right with this book. The atrocities are understated so it could have a middle school readership, and it is touching. Some things were a little too blatantly explained, like Zelda's issues with her parents, and the final part was weak and didn't really make sense.

SPOILER AHEAD Why would they be so willing to execute Krol, Genia and Ze...more
Holly
This is the second book in this series about a little Jewish boy named Felix in Poland during WWII. I really liked this book, although it is very sad (as is to be expected of course) Felix is 10 years old and it is quite a simple story, however I would argue with those who say this is a childrens book, it may be written from the perspective of a ten year old but the things that are witnessed by Felix and things that are insinuated in this book are of a very disturbing and upsetting nature, and I...more
Dale
I liked Then much more than I did Once for some reason. It continues the story of Felix and Zelda as they live out their lives on the run in Poland during the Second World War. The story describes the trials that young people, especially Jewish youth, went through as a result of the Nazis. It is written in very child-appropriate language and introduces the concepts in a way that would make them clear to kids, although some of the themes and content is more mature.
Tu-Mi Doan
BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
Then is a continuation of Once. It follows not only 10 year old Felix, but little Zelda tags along as well. Felix and Zelda are two runaway kids during the Holocaust era. They witness a lot of traumatic things as a result of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi occupation of Europe. While they want to stay true to their Jewish background, their only chance of survival was to emulate the Pro-Nazi lifestyle. With the help of kind people, Felix and Zelda live under fake identities.

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Lynda
Sequel to Once, this book picks up where the first book ended and tells the story of children trying to survive in Poland during World War II. It is equally as powerful as the first whereby the children encounter many horrific acts and witness what no one should witness.

With beautifully crafted text Gleitzman has once again delivered a classic story that is honest and real. A wonderful author - literature at its finest.
★ Jess
THEN, is better then its prequel-ONCE.
From the first sentence, i was hooked.
THe amount of twist's and turns and suspense is amazing, the writing style too!
I cried at the end of the book, and i hope their shall be a third.
It was amazing. I want to read it again.

Melbourne on my mind
OH GOD, THE FEELS. I honestly thought it couldn't get much more feelstastic than Once, but this was pretty damned brutal. I mean, what would you expect about a ten year old Polish Jew on the run from the Nazis in 1942 and the six year old girl he's trying to keep safe? There's no middle book syndrome here, it's so short (183 pages) that it's pretty much action from start to finish.

Also, I feel the need to warn people that there's a dog in this story. Because I know that I, for one, always becom...more
Dvandendries3
Felix a young boy want to find back his jewish parents. He travels back to his home town but it was over run by his parents. Just out side his town in the country side he sees a burning house, he carefully sneaks into the backyard he sees two bodies laying out side burnt to a crisp. There is one more body, the body of a young girl named Zelda. The girl is unconscious, Felix picks up the little girl and lays her to rest. When she finally wakes up the little girl agrees to come with felix on his j...more
Indie
Its a good book but through Felix's view it wasn't as good as it could be. But this book is so heart touching that it always makes me cry. A very inspirational book.
Mike Steven
The second installment in the adventures of young Jewish boy Felix as he tries to survive in Nazi-occupied Poland.

As with the first book, Once, Gleitzman deals with a difficult subject matter in a sensitive and interesting way. Felix develops as a character in this novel, losing a lot of his innocence and naivety and realising the stark realities of the danger that he is in. He also develops his paternal role towards Zelda as they both struggle to survive.

The novel opens where the last one ended...more
Camryn Ison
This book is about a boy called Felix and a girl called Zelda and are trying to find a new family. The Nazi's are trying to kill them but luckily for them they come across a lady who makes an effort to protect them. But because Felix is Jewish it could give them away. Felix tries to hide it but it is easier said then done. I really enjoyed this book because I found it really touching and every part of the book was interesting. I like how it showed emotion and I could really feel what they were f...more
Julia Hörmayer
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I read the first part quite a long time ago and I had high expectations. I also thought that maybe, now that I'vre grown up, it's too childish for my taste of books. But it isn't. It's still cute and funny as hell.
I especially enjoyed the part when he shitted in his pants :-D That was so fuckin cute! And clever!
I can really recommend this book.
But I can't understand, how there can be sequels. It is a pretty closed ending. I can't really imagine how it all goes on. But I'm gla...more
Bookworm1858
Due to some poor noticing on my part, I did not realize that this is technically the second book in a series, the sequel to Once. I was worried about how that might affect my enjoyment of this book but I need not have. While reading Once would certainly have added to my experience, I don't feel like it was necessary.

This book opens with a jolt as Felix and Zelda escape from a Nazi train on its way to a concentration camp in the unfamiliar Polish countryside and must figure out a way to survive....more
Steph
SPOILER if you haven’t yet read ‘Once’ don’t yet look at the following – read ‘Once’ instead and you will not be disappointed:

‘Then’ follows on immediately from where ‘Once’ left off quite literally – there is perhaps a second’s delay (much to my relief as ‘Once’ left us on such a cliffhanger.) The story begins with Zelda and Felix running from the Nazi train they escaped from at the end of ‘Once’ and heading into the forests of Poland hoping they can survive alone…they can’t. However, when they...more
Samantha Louise
The Once Trilogy—and especially this book, Then—is a gazillion times more heartbreaking than The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Then, is told by Felix, a ten-year-old Jewish boy, who is reminiscent of—but not as clueless as—Bruno from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (however, I guess Felix being less clueless of the Holocaust than Bruno makes sense, since Felix is a Jewish boy living through the horror, and Bruno is a Nazi officer's son, sheltered from most of the violence). The plot follows Felix a...more
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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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