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Once (MP3)
Felix and Zelda #1
Written by:
Morris Gleitzman 
Read by:
Morris Gleitzman 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
3 hours 7 minutes 
MP3 size:
130 MB 
May 28 2017 
Available Date:
May 28 2017 
Age Category:
Children (8+) 
Fiction; Children's Fiction; Judaism; World War II 
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International bestseller
Five Starred Review on Amazon

Shortlisted Audie Award / Children's for Ages 8-12 2006
Winner AudioFile Earphones Award 2006
Notable Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year / Younger Readers 2006
Winner Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA) / Years 7-9 2007
Shortlisted Bilby Award / Older Readers 2006
Shortlisted Andersen Award / Best Book for Readers 9-12 2010

"Morris Gleitzman's children's stories are among the most widely read and loved."
AudioFile Magazine

"Morris Gleitzman has discovered the difficult trick of changing reality so that poignancy and laughter are never far apart."
The Australian

A story of friendship, belonging and survival from the bestselling author of Girl Underground and Worm Story.

Felix lives in a convent orphanage in Poland. He is convinced his parents are still alive and that they will one day come back to get him. When Nazi soldiers come to the orphanage Felix decides to escape and make his way home. The journey to find his parents is a long and difficult one, as Poland is occupied by the Nazis and a dangerous place for a Jewish boy. Felix manages to live and look after himself and another orphan, Zelda, with the help of a kind dentist, Barney, who is hiding and looking after a number of Jewish children. When the Nazis discover them, Barney makes the ultimate sacrifice for the children - electing to go with them on the train to the death camps, rather than taking the option of freedom offered by a Nazi soldier, one of his grateful patients.

"Gleitzman's reading is flawless and as a result the three disc, three hour listening experience seems to last only minutes. Gleitzman's postscript places the story firmly among the actual events of Hitler's Holocaust adding another instance of where 'Morris Gleitzman has discovered the difficult trick of changing reality so the poignancy and laughter are never far apart.' The cover artwork is identical to that of the paperback edition and the listener is privileged by hearing the author read his own inner creative voice as no one else can. This short audiobook, complete and unabridged, is a must for every school library. Listeners will not baulk at the three discs and three-hour investment of their time. In return, they will be privy to a new genre of comic but no less insightful historical fiction."
Fiction Focus

"Set during the Holocaust, this is the tale of Felix, a young Jewish child who runs away from a Catholic orphanage to try and find his parents. He meets other orphans who join his journey, and he is eventually forced onto a train heading for the concentration camps. Gleitzman spares no horror divulging details of Nazi brutality, and he conveys the truths in small bits through Felix’s present-tense viewpoint. Felix copes with the tragedy of his life through storytelling, making the audio most effective. Always seeking to see the bright side, Felix helps others escape through fantasy as well, weaving tales to make those around him feel better. Gleitzman's resonant voice, hushed tones, Australian accent, and impeccable pacing draw listeners to this compelling tale. A hauntingly hollow Jewish musical refrain separates chapters and enhances the mood."