Now (Once #3)
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Now (Once #3)

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Morris Gleitzman's acclaimed story of friends Felix and Zelda in Nazi-occupied Poland has captured the hearts and minds of readers worldwide. In "Now", he delivers the final chapter, bringing this most moving of stories into the present day.
Published (first published May 3rd 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...more
Alex Baugh
‘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...more
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...more
Lynda
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.
Erin Mcfarlane
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
Jem
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...more
Faa
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...more
ALPHAreader
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...more
RLL52013_NicoleHill
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
Sam
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
Brodief
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...more
Teresa

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...more
Hannah
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...more
Sarah-Jane
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...more
Melbourne on my mind
This was probably my least favourite book in the series, probably because Zelda - Felix's granddaughter - isn't as compelling a character for me as her grandfather was. We jump forward nearly 70 years in this book and shift from Poland in the depths of winter to rural Victoria during bushfire season. There were a few moments that made me tear up - namely, when Zelda says or does something that has huge meaning to Felix without her quite knowing what she's done - but it wasn't the ugly cry-fest t...more
Hannah
TITLE: Now
AUTHOR: Morris Glietzman
PUBLISHED IN: 2010

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...more
Emi
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.
Claudia
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...more
Konrad Chan
Although the book lacks the adventurous and action content like in the past two books, it is a good story that looks at the life of Felix after his struggles in WWII and how Zelda has inspired Zelda (Felix's Granddaughter).
Camryn Ison
This book is about a girl named Zelda and a man named Felix. Zelda has been given this name from Felix's best friend when he was hiding during the second world war. But Zelda feels like she has to be as good as the old Zelda and she is finding that really hard. When she starts to feel better about being the Zelda she is now a big fire comes towards them and is going to ruin their town. Her, Felix and their dog are trying to survive but things are easier said then done. I really liked this book b...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.
Steph
This is the third of Gleitzman’s ‘Once’ series (so there are spoilers here if you have not read the first two in the series). However, unlike the previous novels in the series, this takes us away from the story of Felix as a child and sees him as a grandfather of 80 now living in Australia with his granddaughter, Zelda. Having achieved great things has a children’s surgeon, Felix must now face another test to his courage and resilience as a bush fire sweeps across his hometown and threatens his...more
Ms. Yingling
This sequel to Once and Now takes place in 2009. Fritz, now aged 80, has retired from an illustrious career as a surgeon and is watching his granddaughter Zelda at his Australian home while her parents are off working for Doctors Without Borders. She is having trouble fitting in at school, and is being bullied. She loves her grandfather and tries to make his life better, but her impetuosity gets the better of her. She knows most of the story of Zelda and hopes to be brave like she was, but doesn...more
Samantha Louise
Well, that book blurb succeed in making the book sound dramatic and exciting when it really wasn't. I was really disappointed with Now, by Morris Geitzman, especially after crying and laughing through both Once (Once #1) and Then (Once #2). But it was still a really good book.

Now is written from the view point of Felix's granddaughter, Zelda, and even though I wanted more Felix and Amon set during World War Two, I liked her voice, mostly because her voice was basically the same as Felix's in the...more
Sherri
This third book featuring Felix Salinger occurs during the present day, instead of during the Holocaust. Felix has grown into an 80-year-old grandfather living in the Australian bush who is now caring for his 11-year-old granddaughter, Zelda, while her doctor parents are working in Africa.
Precocious Zelda narrates this story and reminds us of her feisty namesake (you may remember that Felix’s six-year-old best friend, Zelda, was killed by Nazis during the Holocaust). Zelda has only been living...more
Paula
'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...more
Samantha Louise (The Bibliophile's Neon Closet)
Well, that book blurb succeed in making the book sound dramatic and exciting when it really wasn't. I was really disappointed with Now, by Morris Geitzman, especially after crying and laughing through both Once (Once #1) and Then (Once #2). But it was still a really good book.

Now is written from the view point of Felix's granddaughter, Zelda, and even though I wanted more Felix and Amon set during World War Two, I liked her voice, mostly because her voice was basically the same as Felix's in the...more
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Adrienne
Zelda has recently been sent to live with her grandfather, Felix, while her parents, both doctors, go to Darfur to offer their medical expertise there. Zelda was named for Felix's best friend, who died as a young girl in the Holocaust. Now Zelda-the-granddaughter is trying to be as brave as her namesake, as she's being bullied by a girl from school, and to bring happiness into her grandfather's life. However, she comes to realize that Felix's story and his emotions are still very much influenced...more
Jill Bonham
Contains spoilers. This book it hard for me to review because there was so much to think about. It is set some 70 years after the ending of Then which I liked. After finishing Then, I was pretty emotionally affected and this was a nice way to gently lead me on with the story. To me ,this book is about the why, about understanding, and about forgiveness. Why do we as humans continue to bully others. Why, when we get bullied, do we in turn bully to retaliate. How do we find understanding? How do w...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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