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Then (Once #2)

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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 . . .

A little hope goes a long way.

I had a plan for me and Zelda. Pretend to be someone else. Find new par
Paperback, 184 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Puffin (first published 2005)
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Aug 17, 2016 PorshaJo rated it really liked it
Rating is a 4.5

ONCE I read a book about a boy named Felix. He was a young child living during the terror of the Nazis and escaped an orphanage to find his parents. He met a 6 year-old girl named Zelda. They are just trying to survive and find new parents. THEN I picked up the 2nd book in this series to hear more about these two and I am just devastated.

Then picks up immediately where the first book, Once, ends. Each chapter in each book begins with the one word title of the book. When I say the
Rebecca- Books
Feb 14, 2012 Rebecca- Books rated it it was amazing

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
Dora Santos Marques
Sep 04, 2016 Dora Santos Marques rated it it was amazing
A minha opinião em vídeo:

A sequela de "Once" e com o mesmo brilhantismo, tanto a nível de escrita, como de história.
Embora este volume seja mais pesado, o Felix e a Zelda continuam a mostrar a força de duas crianças perdidas numa Polónia, na 2ª guerra mundial.
May 23, 2013 Brodief rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Vegan
Nov 04, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 10, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
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*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
Feb 28, 2016 Sally906 rated it it was amazing
I cried!!

Wow - the cruelty that people can inflict on each other still catches me by surprise. We hear about, and condemn, acts of atrocity today. But stories like these bring home that nothing is new.

Mar 02, 2009 Gerund rated it really liked it
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
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
Krystal Estrada
Feb 04, 2015 Krystal Estrada rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered how it was back then when the Nazis took over the Jewish people? Well then this is the book for you. This book is realistic fiction because it probably really happened back then but then it might not. In my opinion I think this book is really amazing because it teaches me how the Jewish were treated and how us people didn't really do nothing at that time.
In the book Then there is a ten year old boy named Felix and a 6 year old girl named Zelda. They are hiding from the N
Aug 21, 2012 Jessi rated it it was amazing
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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
Jul 15, 2009 Banafsheh Serov rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 21, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I was not ready for that!!!
Jack Salton
Sep 05, 2016 Jack Salton rated it it was amazing
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Shevaun Yip
Jan 15, 2016 Shevaun Yip rated it really liked it
As I was reading this book, it sounded so realistic. At some parts of the story I thought that everything was real because of all the things that are happening to the characters, it sounded like real people. The ending was quite sad, but I think that gave Felix more motivation and courage to face the Nazis. Can't wait to read 'Now'
Mz. Diana Gagliardi
May 31, 2012 Mz. Diana Gagliardi rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 31, 2016 Livingston rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading Then because it talks about two kids and both of their parents are dead. Ones a girl thats 6 and the boys age is UNKNOWN. During this time period Adolf Hitler was the leader and his soldiers are Nazis. Felix and Zelda are trying to find them new parents. The nazis are terrible people because they burn orphanages, they hate jewish people. Overall the book was adventuris and stunning.

My favorite character in the book is Felix because hes brave and smart. The story plot seemed
Sep 16, 2015 Justin rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book where you wanted to read more every word? Then is written by Morris Gleitzman and is one of those books. Then is the second book in a 4 book series, the first book is called Once. Felix is a 10 year old redhead who wears glasses. He’s a jew in a country run by Nazis. He was taught to always obey Hitler after being placed in a catholic orphanage by his parents. He’s an excellent story teller. Zelda is a young girl, just six years old. Her parents were lost in a fire and ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Raniya rated it really liked it
I decided to read Then by Morris Gleitzman because I have read and enjoyed many of his books. Also I read the first book of the series 'Once' and wanted to read 'Then' the second book. I also wanted to read this book because I am fascinating by the topic of war and this book addresses the conflict between the Nazi's and Jews and one the Children's Book Council Of Australia Book Of The Year award.

My favorite character in the book was definitely Gina. Even though she isn't the main character I lov
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.
Anvay Dixit
Jan 08, 2015 Anvay Dixit rated it it was amazing
Brought a tear to my eye. This book was phenomenal, despite being a comfort level, the story portrayed such horrific, yet hopeful emotions. This book was about the dreadful times of the 1940's

Morris Gleitzman, the author wrote this book on his imaginations, but very real. The story was about the journey of Felix ( a jewish boy) who set out with Zelda, to survive the Nazi Jew battle. As this book progressed, the story intensified which made me even more engaged to know what was going to happen ne
May 28, 2009 Nive16 rated it it was amazing
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
Tyler Menard
Oct 11, 2016 Tyler Menard rated it liked it
The book that I read for my RFF project was called “Then” by Morris Gleitzman. It was a pretty interesting fiction novel (second in the series and i made the mistake of not reading the first one) about a ten year-old boy named Felix and his six year-old friend, Zelda. They are both Jewish escapees from Poland.
I personally really enjoyed this book. Even though it was fiction, the book had some pretty neat history in it. I probably recommend this book anybody that likes history, especially histo
Nov 13, 2015 Marianne rated it really liked it
One should never be glad that there's another book about the holocaust, because of course, there shouldn't have been a holocaust to write books about in the first place. But history cannot be changed denied or forgotten, so I was glad to see this sequel "Once." I loved Felix and and his "sister" Zelda, their joy of life even during the worst of circumstances, and I wanted to find out more about them. Naturally any book about the holocaust, including this one, is terribly sad, but Felix's actions ...more
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
Alex Baugh
Jan 09, 2012 Alex Baugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 14, 2012 Sofia rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 09, 2013 Saffron rated it it was amazing
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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
Jasmin Mohd-zain
Sep 19, 2016 Jasmin Mohd-zain rated it really liked it
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Felix is 10. Zelda is 6. They just jumped off a holocaust train to their death. Now in the middle of a forest in the dead of night.

Start a new life on their own with no adults?
Avoid the Nazis crawling around searching for them ? Keep their humanity and spirit intact?

This is a children's story but it will melt your adult heart.....

A little hope does go a long way indeed.
For some but not all of them.
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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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