Carnegie Long-List 2011
Ever since I read the first book in this trilogy, Once, I’ve anticipated each book with an eagerness that I rarely experience. Now is the last book in this trilogy and, although it does not live up to its former companions, it well describes the historical event it was experiencing. This book’s setting was surprisingly recent and in Australia, unlike the two previous ones that were set in WWII. The addicting thing about this trilogy is that it puts you right in the center of the action. Here’s what it’s about:
Felix is now an old man with a loving family and a granddaughter named Zelda. She gets her name from his one and only true friend, and knows how much this name means to him. She also knows a little about the hard times he lived through, and loves him all the more. So when she comes to live with him in Australia she’s relatively happy. But when a terrible accident occurs, she uncovers the past that is more terrifying than she ever thought possible…
If you’ve read the other two books, this, of course, is a must read. But it is also a good book to read even if you have no previous encounter with Morris Gleitzman, as his words always have a powerful hold. I give this book 8.7 stars and recommend it for ages 11+. It is a great book and deserves to be in the Carnegie shortlist.