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Once by Morris Gleitzman
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Apr 17, 15

Read in July, 2012

Whilst reading this I couldn't help but compare it to John Boyne's, "the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas." Both follow young boys as they experience the holocaust not fully realizing what they were living through. However, Once is an excellent book in it's own right, exploring the mindset of a boy who has imagined his own villains in the form of the book burners.

Felix is a young boy whose parents left him in a Christian Orphanage before going on the run from the Nazi's.
In his mind he believes his parents are coming back to get him, and when he learns that this isn't true, he decides to find them himself. Running away from the Orphanage he goes into a world filled with war, blood shed, and pain. And the most amazing part of this book is that Gleitzman writes it so well that he gets not only Felix to believe for the majority of the book that these Nazi's are only burning books, but this theory of what is happening also makes sense to us. Writing through the eyes of a young boy who doesn't want to see the danger in the world- who makes up stories in his head to make sense of everything he sees- it's a talent that cannot go unmentioned.

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Morris Gleitzman
“Everybody deserves to have something good in their life. At least once”
Morris Gleitzman, Once


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