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  • Published: 3 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9780670074372
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $19.99


Another compelling chapter in the life of Felix, hero of the award-winning series of books that began with Once and Then.

Shortlisted - Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2010
Shortlisted - Prime Minister's Literary Award, Children's Fiction, 2011
Winner - Speech Pathology Australia Award, Best Book for Language, 2011

Once I didn't know about my grandfather Felix's scary childhood.
Then I found out what the Nazis did to his best friend Zelda.
Now I understand why Felix does the things he does.
At least he's got me.
My name is Zelda too.
This is our story.

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

Felix is a grandfather. He has achieved much in his life and is widely admired. He has mostly buried the painful memories of his childhood, but they resurface when his granddaughter Zelda comes to stay with him.

Together they face a cataclysmic event armed only with their with gusto and love – an event that helps them achieve salvation from the past, but also brings the possibility of destruction.

Told with the perfect blend of humour and empathy, this book offers a unique perspective on the aftermath of the Holocaust and the long-lasting impact of 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

Other books in the series:

  • Published: 3 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9780670074372
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $19.99

Other books in the series

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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Awards & recognition

Guardian Award (UK)

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Children's Fiction

COOL Children's Choice Awards

Winner  •  2011  •  Fiction for Years 7–9

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

Winner  •  2011  •  Upper Primary

YABBA Children's Choice Awards

Winner  •  2011  •  Fiction for Years 7–9

Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  Book of the Year for Older Children

Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  International Success Award

Prime Minister's Literary Award

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  Children's Fiction

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  Fiction for Years 7–9

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