I had a plan for me and Zelda
Pretend to be someone else
Find new parents
Be safe forever
Then the Nazis came...
This harrowing sequel to Once picks up the story of 10-year-old Felix and six-year-old Zelda after their leap from a train carrying Jews to a concentration camp. Once again, Gleitzman captures horrors through the lens of childhood: a mass grave of orphans who have been shot; the bodies of Germans who helped Jews, hanging in the town square; the cruelty of Nazi soldiers taking farmers' animals and livelihoods. Courage and kindness combat these evils as caring adults and sympathetic strangers find ways to shelter, provide for, and protect the children despite obvious risks. Felix continues to use his storytelling skills for survival: inspired by novelist Richmal Crompton, to whom he prays for guidance and protection, Felix constructs alternate identities for himself and Zelda, which allow them to hide in public, for a time. Both children seek to protect each other with a locket showing Zelda's Nazi parents, each secretly putting it back in the other's possession. In a conclusion both devastating and hopeful, the innocence and maturity of Felix's narrative voice conveys human resilience when faced with the impossible. Ages 12 up.
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This book is really fascinating I love it so much. It is given me so much information and knowledge on the Second World War and holocaust. I’m so very grateful for this book and grateful for the lives that represented Felix and Zelda’s. This book will help me a lot with my work in class about the Holocaust. Thank you Morris Gleitzman
We read this in school and it was boring