ACHUKA Book of the Day 14 Oct 2021
It’s fifteen years since readers were first introduced to Felix in Once. Across six celebrated books—Once, Then, After, Soon, Maybe and Now—our brave young hero has survived many unforgettable and emotional journeys. Now comes the seventh and final part of Felix’s story, bringing the series to a powerful climax.
When I sat down to write this final book about Felix I was bursting with enthusiasm, and also with relief. I’d just spent two years as the Australian Children’s Laureate, a great adventure, but one which kept me away from my writing desk for most of that time. Not, though, away from Felix. He accompanied me on many a plane flight, and we did lots of media interviews together, and met thousands of young readers, and repaired our ragged vocal chords with quite a few shared country motel cuppas.
But Felix’s final story, long mulled over, long planned, long dreamed of, the story in which Felix’s life comes full circle in ways that brought tears to my eyes just to contemplate, remained unwritten.