After by Morris Gleitzman
After by Morris Gleitzman. Pub. Viking, 2012
This fourth part in the story of young Jewish boy Felix during World War is just brilliant and in time sequence it slots in between second book Then and third book Now. It is a gap that had to be filled as it tells what happened to Felix in the last years of the war as the Nazis aredefeated and the Concentration camps are opened up.
Felix is being hidden down a hole on the farm of Gabriek at the end of Then. Gabriek leaves to join the Partisans who are living in the forests of Poland. Felix and the horse Dom follow Gabriek and become involved with the partisans who are conducting a guerilla war against the nazis.
As the war ends Felix finds himself in charge of a group of children from all sides and we see the hatred dissapate as a new world is about to begin.
The star of the show once again is Gleitztman’s easy style of short sentences and first person narration by Felix. He puts the reader in the action and personalises the Holocaust in the simplest way for children to read. Gleitzman also creates humour amongst the horror with his matter of fact narration, home spun philosophy and his boyish way of looking at life.
Felix is forever hopeful and mankind would do well to learn from him. Just brilliant.
Intermediate and high school in appeal.