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Once/Now/Then/After Series

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Once by Morris Gleitzman is a powerful series of novels about Felix - a Jewish orphan caught in the middle of the Holocaust. The books tell the story of a family's hope, courage and trauma, from 1942 to the present day.

Suitable for readers 10+, these poignant stories handle the atrocities of the Holocaust sensitively and with grace.

The series starts with Once - the story of ten-year-old Felix, on the run from his orphanage to search for his parents. He soon learns that Poland in 1942 is not a safe place for Jewish boys, but can his gift for storytelling keep him one step ahead of the Nazis and help him find his parents? After all, everybody deserves to have something good in their life at least once.

In the following books in the series, we journey with Felix throughout the war and in the aftermath, as he experiences huge losses and hopes for happiness. In the last two books - Now and Always - we meet Felix’s grandson as the elderly man faces up to his past.

We recommend reading Morris Gleitzman’s Once series in order, or at least starting with Felix’s story in book one.

All the Once series in order:

Book 1: Once (2005)
Book 2: Then (2009)
Book 3: After (2012)
Book 4:  Soon (2015)
Book 5: Maybe (2017)
Book 6: Now (2010)
Book 7: Always (2021)

Book 1
Book 1

Once

My name is Felix. This is my story.Felix has been living in an orphanage for three years and eight months when the men i... MoreOnce

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Book 2
Book 2

Then

In Then - Morris Gleitzman's heartbreaking children's novel set during the Nazi occupation of Poland during the Second W... MoreThen

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Book 3
Book 3

After

After is the third shocking, funny and heartbreaking book in Morris Gleitzman's Second World War series.After The Nazis ... MoreAfter

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Book 4
Book 4

Soon

Soon is the 4th powerfully moving addition to Morris Gleitzman's bestselling Second World War series about Felix and Zel... MoreSoon

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Book 5
Book 5

Maybe

It's 1946. The war is over and Europe lies in ruins. Fourteen year old Felix dreams of finding happiness elsewhere. When... MoreMaybe

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Book 6
Book 6

Now

Now is the sixth shocking, funny and heartbreaking book in Morris Gleitzman's Second World War series.Sometimes facing t... MoreNow

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Book 7
Book 7

Always

Keynote:The much-anticipated final journey in the story of Felix, hero of Morris Gleitzman's multi-award-winning Once, T... MoreAlways

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