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Shortlisted - Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2010
Shortlisted - Prime Minister's Literary Award, Children's Fiction, 2011
Winner - Speech Pathology Australia Award, Best Book for Language, 2011
Once I didn't know about my grandfather Felix's scary childhood.
Then I found out what the Nazis did to his best friend Zelda.
Now I understand why Felix does the things he does.
At least he's got me.
My name is Zelda too.
This is our story.
'Haunting... dangerous and desperate, but also full of courage and hope.' The Guardian
Felix is a grandfather. He has achieved much in his life and is widely admired. He has mostly buried the painful memories of his childhood, but they resurface when his granddaughter Zelda comes to stay with him.
Together they face a cataclysmic event armed only with their with gusto and love – an event that helps them achieve salvation from the past, but also brings the possibility of destruction.
Told with the perfect blend of humour and empathy, this book offers a unique perspective on the aftermath of the Holocaust and the long-lasting impact of trauma.
'Morris Gleitzman has discovered the difficult trick of changing reality so that poignancy and laughter are never far apart.'
The Australian
'Painfully truthful.'
The Sunday Times
'Funny and shocking at the same time.'
Jewish Chronicle
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