Morris Gleitzman is the award-winning author of almost 40 books published in over 20 countries. You may have first encountered him as the writer of some very funny novels but he also has a more serious side, as shown in the “Once” series. Gleitzman was inspired to write this series partly by his own family history. His grandfather was a Jew from Krakow in Poland who left before the start of the Holocaust to live in England but many of his other relatives at the time stayed, and were killed by the Nazis.
Once was released in 2005 and was followed by Then, Now, After and Soon. The sixth book “Maybe” has just been released and the Library has 3 copies to give away!
In it, we follow 14-year-old Felix on another dangerous journey which brings him to Australia to start a new life.
What readers love about this series, is its gritty realism and engaging sense of adventure. We can’t help but feel sympathy for Felix who never loses his moral compass or his optimism.