Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

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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 realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place . . .show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 18mm | 220g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B+W throughout
  • 0552570583
  • 9780552570589
  • 115,057

About John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of ten novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. In 2015, John chaired the panel for the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award. The Heart's Invisible Furies is his most ambitious novel more

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"Pat Barker meets Michelle Magorian . . . Comic as well as poignantly enlightening" * Independent on Sunday * "John Boyne's children's novels tackle difficult subjects . . . and this latest book looks at the horrors of trench warfare in World War 1. With the anniversary of that war next year, this is a timely examination of moral, physical and mental bravery and pain" * Daily Mail * "Beautifully paced and affecting" * The Bookseller * "Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is beautifully written, as are all John Boyne's books for children. Although it's a book aimed primarily at younger readers, it's equally as satisfying for adults, and should be widely read by everyone" * Wondrous Reads * "A beautifully paced and affecting tale" * Independent on Sunday *show more

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"A beautifully paced and affecting tale"show more

Back cover copy

This is a story about a boy, and his father. It's about gunshots and white feathers and letters from far away. It's about love and war. Survival. Secrets. Lies. And the truth. 'An instant classic' Eoin Colfer From the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamasshow more

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4,077 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 28% (1,142)
4 46% (1,872)
3 22% (885)
2 4% (145)
1 1% (33)
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