By Morris Gleitzman
A BOOK HOOK from the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network
Soon is the fifth novel in what Morris Gleitzman calls a ‘family’ of novels set during and after the holocaust in Poland. In Soon, the central character. Felix. has survived the Second World War, only to find that post-war conditions are no less horrific and dangerous. This grim setting provides Felix with many challenges, as he tries to be true to himself, and to repay the kindness he has been shown by others during his very difficult life.
Read pages I to 15 to introduce children to the novel (pages I -6 if time is very limited). Ask children to suggest ways the story could develop from this beginning. Lend the book to a child and ask them to report back to the class (without giving away the plot).