The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight--but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realizes his father is in a hospital close by--a hospital treating soldiers with shell shock. Alfie isn't sure what shell shock is, but he is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place. . . .in John Boyne's Stay Where You Are and Then Leave.
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"As in previous Boyne work, unlikely encounters and occurrences abound. . . . It's made palatable by the third-person narration, which keeps readers experiencing events solely from Alfie's intelligent but childlike point of view." --The Horn Book
"As much about familial love as about war, this novel tugs at the heartstrings, creating a sentimental but sound story that would shine as a classroom readaloud." --BCCB
"Boyne, much like in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, takes readers into the throes of war as seen through the eyes of a child." --School Library Journal
"Another child's-eye view of war from the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; here the child is working class, the conflict, World War I. . . . A vivid, accessible tale of the staggering price war exacts from those who had no voice in waging it." --Kirkus Reviews
"In the final pages, the tension rises precipitously and the harrowing ending, in which Bruno does finally act, is sure to take readers' breath away." --Publishers Weekly on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
"Deeply affecting . . . Beautiful and sparsely written." --The Wall Street Journal on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
"A small wonder of a book . . . This is what fiction is supposed to do." --The Guardian on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
"Powerful and unsettling . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank." --USA Today on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas