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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. Even when he saw good people die. Then Felix set out to find his parents, and his world changed forever. Because however hopeless things are, we all have to follow our dreams. Even just once…

  • First in Morris Gleitzman’s hugely acclaimed series
  • A moving and superbly original tale of the Holocaust
  • Describes the war’s events from a child’s-eye view
  • Explores the fate of Jewish families during the war

“A heartbreaking little book.” The Bookbag

Product Details

Catalogue number

8030 in Secondary Rewards Catalogue 2019/20 and 5197 in Rewards Catalogue 2019/20


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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Morris Gleitzman

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  1. Bellasara 113282

    on 24 March 2018

    Very touching book and would definitely recommend!

    5out of 5
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    on 8 March 2014

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

  3. Clarice thumb 136

    on 10 November 2012

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

    5out of 5
  4. Ef castle thumb 2

    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. Bellasara 113282

    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. Lion 113522

    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’

    5out of 5
  7. Hayley 113303

    on 23 June 2010

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

    5out of 5
  8. Horridhenry thumb 16

    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!!

    5out of 5