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Morris Gleitzman

Autor(a) de Once

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About the Author

Morris Gleitzman was born in 1953 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England. He and his family emigrated to Australia in 1969. Morris began his writing career as a screenwriter, and wrote his first children's novel in 1985. Before he began to write full time, he held various jobs as a paperboy, department mostrar mais store Santa Claus, fashion-design assistant and sugar-mill employee. In between, he managed to earn a degree in Professional Writing at the Canberra College of Advanced Education. Later he became sole writer for three award-winning and top-rating seasons with the TV comedy series The Norman Gunston Show. Gleitzman has written a number of film and television movie screenplays, including The Other Facts of Life and Second Childhood, both produced by The Australian Children's Television Foundation. The Other Facts of Life won the 1985 AWGIE Award for the Best Original Children's Film Script. Gleitzman has also written live stage material for Rolf Harris, Pamela Stephenson and the Governor General of Australia. Morris is also well known through his semi-autobiographical columns in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald magazine, Good Weekend, from which he has retired after nine years. Collections of his columns have been published by Pan Macmillan in Just Looking and Gleitzman on Saturday, and by Penguin in Self Helpless. One of his most successful books for young people is Two Weeks with the Queen, an international bestseller which was also adapted into a play by Mary Morris. The play had many successful seasons in Australia and was produced at the National Theatre in London in 1995. His other books have been either shortlisted for, or have won numerous children's book prizes around the country. These include The Other Facts of Life, Second Childhood, Misery Guts, Worry Warts, Puppy Fat, Blabber Mouth, Sticky Beak, Belly Flop, Water Wings, Bumface, Gift Of The Gab, Toad Rage, Wicked! and Deadly!, two six-part novels written in collaboration with Paul Jennings, Adults Only, Toad Heaven, Boy Overboard, Teacher's Pet, and his latest book, Toad Away. Gleitzman's children's books have been published in the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Sweden and Finland. Gleitzman himself was voted Favourite Australian Author for 1999 in the Dymocks Booksellers Children's Choice Awards. Bumface was voted Second Most Popular Children's Book Of All Time in the 1999 Angus & Robertson National Readers' Survey. He is also an Astrid Lindgren award nominee. Morris Gleitzman was nominated for a 2016 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medal in the Australian author and ilustrator category. In 2016, his book Soon won the 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award, Young Readers and and the 2016 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) for Fiction for years 7-9. He was also named the 2018-2019 Australian Children's Laureate. The theme for his two-year term will be Stories Make Us - Stories Create Our Future. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Morris Gleitzman

Once (2005) — Narrador, algumas edições1,015 exemplares
Toad Rage (1999) 534 exemplares
Then (2008) 428 exemplares
Toad Heaven (2001) 396 exemplares
Now (2010) 353 exemplares
Two Weeks with the Queen (1990) 333 exemplares
Boy Overboard (2003) 295 exemplares
Misery Guts (1991) 245 exemplares
After (2012) 171 exemplares
Girl Underground (2004) 146 exemplares
Blabber Mouth (1992) 142 exemplares
Toad Away (2003) 123 exemplares
Bumface (1998) 123 exemplares
Wicked: All Six Books In One (1997) 110 exemplares
Worry Warts (1992) 106 exemplares
Once and Then (2009) 105 exemplares
Soon (2015) 100 exemplares
Deadly!: All six books in one! (2001) 91 exemplares
Water Wings (1600) 88 exemplares
Sticky Beak (1995) 84 exemplares
Grace (2009) 82 exemplares
Belly Flop (1996) 80 exemplares
Maybe (2017) 79 exemplares
Puppy Fat (1995) 77 exemplares
Teacher's Pet (2003) 74 exemplares
Gift of the Gab (1999) 65 exemplares
The Other Facts of Life (1600) 62 exemplares
Wicked! Part 2: Battering Rams (1997) 57 exemplares
Worm Story (1656) 54 exemplares
Adults Only (2001) 53 exemplares
Give Peas a Chance (2007) 53 exemplares
Doubting Thomas (2006) 50 exemplares
Wicked! Part 1: The Slobberers (1997) 47 exemplares
Too Small To Fail (2011) 46 exemplares
Second Childhood (1990) 45 exemplares
Loyal Creatures (2014) 42 exemplares
Deadly! Book 1: Nude (2000) 39 exemplares
Wicked! Part 3: Croaked (1997) 39 exemplares
Wicked! Part 4: Dead Ringer (1997) 39 exemplares
Wicked! Part 5: The Creeper (1997) 38 exemplares
Deadly! Book 4: Hunt (2001) 37 exemplares
Extra Time (2013) 36 exemplares
Toad Surprise (2008) 31 exemplares
Tickled onions (2010) 30 exemplares
Always (2019) 30 exemplares
Aristotle's Nostril (2005) 28 exemplares
Deadly! Book 5: Grope (2001) 25 exemplares
Deadly! Book 6: Pluck (2001) — Autor — 25 exemplares
Deadly! Book 3: Stiff (2000) 24 exemplares
Deadly! Book 2: Brats (2000) 18 exemplares
Pizza Cake (2011) 17 exemplares
Self-helpless (2000) 17 exemplares
The Blabber Mouth Collection (2008) 11 exemplares
Snot Chocolate (2016) 9 exemplares
Toad Delight (2016) 7 exemplares
Belly Flop and Water Wings (2006) 6 exemplares
Help around the house (2018) 5 exemplares
Um Dia (Portuguese Edition) (2017) 4 exemplares
Gleitzman on Saturday (1993) 4 exemplares
Le bout du tunnel (1987) 3 exemplares
UMA VEZ 2 exemplares
Depois (Portuguese Edition) (2019) 2 exemplares
A Seguir (Portuguese Edition) (2018) 2 exemplares
A Morris Gleitzman Collection (2015) 2 exemplares
Potom 1 exemplar
Brzy 1 exemplar
Když 1 exemplar
Em Breve 1 exemplar
Kdysi 1 exemplar
The Deadly! Series (2015) 1 exemplar
Talvez 1 exemplar
Agora 1 exemplar
Druiloren (2001) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contribuidor — 759 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
UK (birth)
Local de nascimento
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Canberra College of Advanced Education (Professional Writing)
East Wickham County Primary Junior School
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
bottle-shop shelf-stacker
department store Santa Claus
frozen chicken defroster (mostrar todos 8)
fashion-design assistant
Sugar-Mill employee

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Morris Gleitzman (born 9 January 1953) is an English-born Australian author of children's and young adult fiction. He has gained recognition for sparking an interest in AIDS in his controversial novel Two Weeks with the Queen (1990).



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Trigger warnings: Death of parents, gun violence, blood depiction, antisemitism, World War Two, near-death experiences, fire
Note that I got this book and now I own it. This review can also be found on The StoryGraph.

7/10, so this is the first book of a seven-book series and initially I had no idea of what this book was going to be but other people have enjoyed this and seeing this classified as a war book I knew it was going to hit hard like a truck, and overall I did like the execution and how the author could do so much in not a lot of pages which is impressive. Where do I begin? It starts with the main character Felix and he lives in a Catholic orphanage with other orphans like him and some other orphaned characters however for some reason he believes that his parents are still out there somewhere and they will come back but other children come to that orphanage since their parents died somehow so that was an interesting plot point I guess. And he's Jewish and given the circumstances like the year 1942 it's just a horrible time to live in and it's even worse for him only due to his religion which was disheartening but all too real but at least I liked how every chapter started with the word Once hence the title. That's an intriguing stylistic choice I suppose. Only a few pages later he starts on his journey by first escaping from the orphanage most likely to find his parents, did I mention that I liked Felix as a character since at the start he tells many stories to hide the truth however as I move on this isn't the case. Partway through that he meets another character named Zelda who must've been a victim of an attack that happened recently in her neighbourhood since her house was burned down for some reason and soon enough they get along even though their character dynamic is not perfect I'm sure that choice made the book more realistic in a way. The ending is only ok since there was one action scene but the book was a difficult read and the final pages were just weaker than the rest. Wow. I will surely read the next six books in the series and they might be as good as the first.… (mais)
Law_Books600 | 52 outras críticas | Nov 3, 2023 |
I enjoyed this entire series. This is a fitting end to it. We find Felix's past and present reconnecting through a young boy named Wassim. Felix, in helping Wassim, realizes that even though he has always held out hope for mankind to be better than they were when he was a child, witnessing the atrocities of the Holocaust, there is still so much hatred and prejudice in the world. But maybe he can help change Wassim's life a bit. This is a series I have not only recommended to my students, daughter and granddaughter, but one I will read from beginning to end this coming school year. Why? Since I have all of them I want to read straight through. This is one roller coaster of a ride series. I definitely recommend it to everyone.… (mais)
skstiles612 | Jul 28, 2023 |
The war is over, but you wouldn’t know it from the situation in Poland. 13-year-old Jewish Felix is still with Gabriek, the Polish man who hid Felix in his barn for two years. They live in a partially destroyed building and use Gabriek’s carpentry and mechanical skills and Felix’s medical skills to trade for food and other items. Felix’s life is in danger after he crosses a Polish nationalist. Felix and Gabriek might just survive with the help of Anya, a girl about Felix’s age.

In some ways this is the most difficult book yet in this series, even though Felix has survived the Holocaust. Although the war has ended, the violence driven by ethnic hatred continues in Poland. Felix rescues a Ukrainian baby from certain death at the hands of Polish nationalists, only to see the baby drown days later as Felix and Anya are driven into the river by a murderous mob. Will Felix ever find a home where he won’t have to live in fear for his life?… (mais)
cbl_tn | 4 outras críticas | Mar 17, 2023 |
Una vez supe que mi abuelo Félix tuvo una infancia terrible. Entonces descubrí lo que los nazis le hicieron a su mejor amiga Zelda. Ahora entiendo por qué Félix hace las cosas que hace. Al menos me tiene a mí. Yo también me llamo Zelda. Esta es nuestra historia.
Natt90 | 12 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2023 |



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