Now (Once #3)

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Now (Once #3)
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Release Date
June 05, 2012
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9780141329987
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Morris Gleitzman's acclaimed story of friends Felix and Zelda in Nazi-occupied Poland has captured the hearts and minds of readers worldwide. In "Now", he delivers the final chapter, bringing this most moving of stories into the present day.

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This sequel to Once and Now takes place in 2009. Fritz, now aged 80, has retired from an illustrious career as a surgeon and is watching his granddaughter Zelda at his Australian home while her parents are off working for Doctors Without Borders. She is having trouble fitting in at school, and is being bullied. She loves her grandfather and tries to make his life better, but her impetuosity gets the better of her. She knows most of the story of Zelda and hopes to be brave like she was, but doesn't feel up to it most of the time. When a horrible fire strikes her area (a fire which she is afraid she caused), Fritz and Zelda must work together to survive, just as Fritz had to work with Zelda's namesake.

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There are not a lot of books set in Australia, and certainly not many that deal with the problems of wildfires. Zelda's relationship with her grandfather is charming, and it is a nice ending to the series to see that Fritz spent many happy years after his horrible experience during the war.
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Once, Felix was your average Jewish boy, no different to any other child. Then the Nazis came and changed his life forever, murdering everyone he knew. Now he is a retired surgeon, having lived a great life after the terrible events in his past.

Instead of carrying on with the story during the Holocaust, Morris Gleitzman has changed this and put his story in the modern era. Although this has not much to do with history itself, this book is about the ones who survived and still live on, and how there lives are Now.

I think that this book is great because it is about everything! Holocaust, bullying, forgetting and bush fires. Not many books written deal with the problem of the awful fire storms that take place in Melbourne and the bush lands around Sydney. I also like how it takes place in Australia, the place where the author comes from and where I live now. Normally I read books about America, and thats all great, but its nice to have something about home.

I totally recommend reading this amazing book. Not for learning about the Holocaust, but about the survivors, and the time Now. Not Once, not Then, but Now. You must read this book!!!!
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