Books by Morris Gleitzman

Released: June 5, 2012

"A fine, taut novel full of understanding. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Once and Then (2010, 2011) blend into Now in today's Australia as Dr. Felix Salinger, 80, relates his childhood and shows his present to his 11-year-old granddaughter, narrator Zelda. Read full book review >
THEN  by Morris Gleitzman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"Despite all the grinding misery and the moments of sheer terror, Felix retains his humanity, and a reader surely must walk with the protagonists on their long and tortured journey. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Sequel to the searing Once (2010), this tale of young people trying to survive in Poland during World War II is equally powerful. Read full book review >
ONCE by Morris Gleitzman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"A resonant shot to the heart—Gleitzman delivers a sharp sense of what it must have been like to be a child during the Holocaust, forced to grow up far too quickly. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
When his Jewish parents place young Felix in an orphanage in war-torn Poland, they tell him that they must leave to fix their book business. Read full book review >
TOAD AWAY by Morris Gleitzman
ADVENTURE
Released: March 14, 2006

"The appended glossary of Aussie slang is anything but superfluous. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In his third outing (Toad Rage, 2004; Toad Heaven, 2005), Limpy the cane-toad peacenik travels all the way to the Amazon in search of an end to the bitter "war" humans seem determined to fight against all his ugly kind. Read full book review >
TOAD HEAVEN by Morris Gleitzman
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2005

Gleitzman brings back the pustulant pipsqueak hero of Toad Rage (p. 329) for further ground-level riffs on man's inhumanity to animal—with an Aussie beat. Read full book review >
TOAD RAGE by Morris Gleitzman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 27, 2004

"Worth a squiz. (Aussie glossary) (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ugliness may be only skin deep, but that turns out to be deep enough in this droll odyssey from Down Under. Read full book review >
PUPPY FAT by Morris Gleitzman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1996

"Absurdly funny stuff. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this third installment in a humorous series about the trials of worrier Keith Shipley (Misery Guts, 1993, etc.), he is now concerned about his divorced parents. Read full book review >
STICKY BEAK by Morris Gleitzman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Whether she's making a video on pet abuse, trying to enter Darryn in a dog show, or throwing a bowl of custard into an electric fan during a party, Ro succintly makes her thoughts and feelings known. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A rare bird indeed—a sequel that is actually more enjoyable than its predecessor. Read full book review >
BLABBER MOUTH by Morris Gleitzman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1995

"In the first-person narration, Ro's constant complaints about her father wear thin, but she remains likable; Gleitzman (Misery Guts, 1993, etc.) writes in a direct, charming style and short (often one sentence) paragraphs that makes these easy-to-read misadventures extra appealing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A humorous novel from Australia starring a well-meaning heroine who is tempestuous and larger-than-life—and who was born mute. Read full book review >
MISERY GUTS by Morris Gleitzman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"Each book stands alone, but they're stronger and more interesting as an easily read, genuinely funny two-part novel, lively with offbeat incidents and repartee. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Keith, who barely remembers when he last saw his parents smile, is determined to cheer them up, but his exaggerated efforts are as inappropriate as they are well intentioned: Mum and Dad are devastated to find their fish-and-chips shop painted with Tropical Mango Hi-Gloss (intended as a maximum contrast to London's fog), and automatically reject his proposals for a South Sea vacation—or a move to Australia's tropical coast. Read full book review >