Kids, Let’s Read: A 13 year old boy struggles to survive in post war Poland 8

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I hoped the Nazis would be defeated. And they were. I hoped the war would be over. And it was. I hoped we would be safe. But we aren’t. 

As adults, we are familiar with the dreadful ill that swept Europe through the 1930s and 1940s, but less aware of the problems faced by the ‘free’ citizenry after the war ended. Books such as Soon, by Morris Gleitzman, address that; it is the fifth in Gleitzman’s ‘family’ of books about Felix Salinger.

morris-gleitzman-soon-coverThe war has ended and thirteen-year-old Felix faces the harsh reality of a wrecked Polish city: No power and water, lack of food, unsupervised food drops doing little to ease the problem, a ruthless gang prepared to kill. After a number of adventures, few of which seem likely to ensure his longevity, Felix, through his friend Anya, meets Doctor Lipzyk.

The doctor is wealthy, has excellent quarters, possesses a vast medical library, and it seems he may be the mentor Alex seeks. But is he all he appears?

A brilliantly devised, well-woven story, told in simple but strong prose, Soon provides the answers… and leaves you wanting to read others in the book ‘family.’

As usual, Morris Gleitzman’s latest book has great appeal to all ages but is particularly suitable for pre and young teens.

Soon, by Morris Gleitzman, is available for purchase from Dymocks



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John Reid

  1. Love Morris Gleitzman’s books, he really communicates with the younger generation at their level. His book, later a play, Three Weeks with the Queen is an excellent book about dealing with the death of a loved one. Thanks for your review John

  2. We watched an SBS movie much similar to this story but it was a 13 year old girl and she was sent to Siberia from Poland and then the war was over they had to walk 4000 miles to get Back , I couldn’t think of walking 400 I cried so sad

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    • Many of those people walk trough Kazachstan to Iran, some come to Australia, some went to western countries, some to Poland.

  3. The tragedy is that it is still happening to christian kids today. Beware of Turkey, they are arming and training ISIS with America’s and England’s help.

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    • At that time and before Poles was send to Siberia just for being a Pole, especially when you’ve been an educated Pole. Boshevicks hate us.

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