Monday, 11 September 2017

Book Review: Maybe by Morris Gletizman

Maybe by Morris Gleitzman was released this August, and follows on from the other books featuring the main character, Felix: Once, Then, Now, After, and Soon.
Morris likes to call these books a 'family' as opposed to a series, one reason being that the books can be read out of order, or as stand alone books.

Both my eldest daughter (aged 13), and I have read the other books in this 'family', and we really enjoyed them. 
The books centre around the effects of World War II, with a lot of harrowing moments told through the voice of young survivor, Felix.
This latest installment is equally as good. 

In Maybe, the year is 1946, and 14-year-old Felix is given the opportunity to be flown to Australia and start a new life far from Poland. His pregnant friend Anya joins him on his journey, but it is far from smooth sailing for either of them as they are faced with challenges of great proportions.

I read this within a couple of days as it is such an interesting story, and Felix is such an endearing character. He has been through so much for someone such a young age, but he is determined, intelligent, and kind. 
I recommend this set of books to both young readers and older readers.
Morris has captured the tragedy of the Holocaust and the effects it had, not only on those trying to survive, but their families and friends, both at the time, as well as in generations to come. 

Maybe is released through Penguin Random House Australia, and has an RRP of $19.99
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  1. I love the idea of a book "family" which can be read in any order. My kids are probably a little young for the subject matter but I'm a MG fan from way back and I'll recommend this to my teacher husband who has a modern history/war interest and an older cohort of students!

  2. This author has such a familiar name even though I don't think I've read any of his books. I like that you can read books from the family out of order, what a great idea! :)

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  3. Looking forward to when my son gets older and we can read the same books and talk about them. Such a lovely idea.

    SSG xxx

  4. He is a great author isn't he and is not afraid of tackling social and historic issues. My daughter, the teacher librarian, managed to engage his services (the school paid!) prior to book week to speak to the older children at the Primary School. Thanks for joining in #LTW 35/52, next week is Taking Stock. I have added the prompts for the rest of 2017 on my home page and in the blog post P is for Pansies.

  5. I know I've read some Morris Gleitzman book years ago but can't remember which one. This 'family' of books sounds interesting.


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