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  • Published: 28 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780670079377
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99


The next powerful episode in the life of Felix, hero of Morris Gleitzman's multi-award-winning Once, Then, Now, After and Soon.

Longlisted - Australian Book Industry Awards 2018
Shortlisted - Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2018
Shortlisted - WAYBRA Children's Choice Awards 2019
Shortlisted - REAL Children's Choice Awards 2019

‘Haunting... dangerous and desperate, but also full of courage and hope.’ The Guardian

1946. Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else.

Fourteen-year-old Felix is one of them. When he's offered a journey to somewhere far away, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone very dear to him, even though she wasn't actually invited.

They have high hopes for their new land, and their dramatic arrival there makes them want to stay. But before Felix and Anya can embrace the love and friendship of their new world, they must confront the murderous urge for revenge still alive in the old.

Felix knows he hasn't faced anything like this before.

He may not survive, but he's hoping he will.


Blending humour and heart, Maybe is a coming-of-age story about identity, family, and the search for truth and explores the devastating and long-lasting impact of loss and trauma.

‘Morris Gleitzman has discovered the difficult trick of changing reality so that poignancy and laughter are never far apart.’
The Australian

‘Painfully truthful.’
The Sunday Times

‘Funny and shocking at the same time.’
Jewish Chronicle

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  • Published: 28 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780670079377
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

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About the author

Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. After university he worked for ten years as a screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now, after 44 books, he’s one of Australia’s most popular authors. He was appointed the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–2019.

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Praise for Maybe

Gleitzman crafts a dramatic story, full of tension and suspense.

Pauline Hosking, Magpies Magazine

Awards & recognition

Australian Book Industry Awards

Longlisted  •  2018  •  Book of the Year for Younger Children

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

Shortlisted  •  2018  •  8–10 Years

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2019  •  Fiction for Years 7–9

WAYBRA Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2019  •  Older Readers

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