Once, Then, Now and After by Morris Gleitzman
A children’s holocaust story. Not something that everyone could write about, yet the author of the funny boy books titled Bumface and Toad Away has told Felix’s story in a compassionately readable and well informed way.
Felix is a Jewish boy in Poland during WWII, his parents have done their best to keep him safe but as circumstances change he ends up fending for himself in a hostile world. He rescues Zelda, a younger girl and their adventure takes realistic turns for the worse with tiny bits of hope along the way.
Felix’s life story is told over the four books. He is a boy to be admired as his terrible war life is endured. Morris Gleitzman has presented a story we can read, and not forget. Somehow filled with hope in a hopeless time.
Recommended to readers Year 6, 11+. Anyone who would have read The Diary of Anne Frank will be absorbed in this series.