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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Review: Once (Gleitzman)

Title: Once
Author: Gleitzman
Genre: Fiction, Holocaust, Survival
Pages: 160
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Felix, a Jewish boy, runs away from the Catholic convent where his parents had him hidden for almost 4 years in order to find them.  He roams the Polish countryside with an orphaned girl until they find their way to the cellar of a print shop in the Warsaw ghetto, where an old dentist has been protecting lost children.

Books about the Holocaust are always popular, at least with junior high students. If you like to read these types of books, you should make sure to add this to your list!  This book reminds me slightly of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, as they are both stories told by a boy who doesn't really have a full understanding about what is going on around them.  A powerful story without being overly graphic or frightening.  I am immediately recommending this to Ms. LaBrie and Ms. Pomerinke!

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