Felix and Zelda #1: Once Award-winning by Morris Gleitzman (author)


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Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad. Once I rescued a girl called Zelda from a burning house. Once I made a Nazi with toothache laugh.

Once there was a boy called Felix, who only believed in good things. Even when his parents were taken by the Nazis. Even when he hid for three years in a Polish orphanage high in the mountains. Then Felix set out to find his parents, and his whole world changed forever. Because however hopeless things are, we still have to follow our dreams, even just once… From one of Australia’s most celebrated children’s authors, Morris Gleitzman, Once is an unforgettable and wholly unique depiction of the Nazi era from a child’s eye view, which perfectly captures a young boy’s hope and resilience in the face of absolute horror. Once there was a boy called Felix. This is his story.

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Catalogue number

9019 in Schools Catalogue 2024/25 and 1562 in Education Catalogue 2023–24


Felix and Zelda (book 1)







Date published

February 23rd, 2006

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.1; Middle years plus; 4.0 points

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  • 160 pages



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  1. Cyrilthecat
    on 24 March 2018

    Very touching book and would definitely recommend!

    5 out of 5
  2. Rumaitha12
    on 8 March 2014

    This book was sad and well written. Some of it is a true story.

  3. lotus-flower
    on 10 November 2012

    Loved Felix’s free spirit and imagination. Brilliant book.

    5 out of 5
  4. mutemath4ever
    on 3 March 2012

    This is a really good book. It is one of those books, that you just can’t put down. Although it can be really sad because it is about Hitler and WW2, it is still a great read. I would recommend for ages 12+

  5. indigobeam
    on 1 March 2012

    Once is so emotional but in a fantastic way. One can re-read it 100 times and never get bored because Morris Gleitzman has made the book so interesting, yet exciting. All the books in the trilogy are amazing, but Once is somehow the best. I recommend this book to all readers.

  6. flossy1998
    on 19 February 2012

    This book is sooo SAD, especially the ways Jews are treating suring the Holocaust I like Zeldas character because she is funny and mean lol :P

    I totally recomend this book!, I can’t wait to read ‘Then’

    P.S it is a trilogy : ‘Once’ ‘Then’ ‘Now’

    5 out of 5
  7. tc97
    on 23 June 2010

    So far this book is very interesting and now i want to learn about it in school.

    5 out of 5
  8. ryse1234
    on 5 February 2009

    this book is brilliant. it is the best book i have ever read.I am going to try and buy this it is so good!!

    5 out of 5