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 shell-shock. Alfie isn't sure what shell-shock is, but is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place...show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 144 x 206 x 26mm | 362g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Doubleday Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b+w t/o
  • 0857532936
  • 9780857532930
  • 91,935

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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 Sundayshow more

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 yet.show more

Review Text

"A beautifully paced and affecting tale"show more

Back cover copy

This is a story about a boy. It's a story about his father. It's a story about a shoeshine a train journey a white feather and it's a story about a secret. From the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamasshow more

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The day the First World War began, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the very next morning. Four years on, his letters have stopped, and all Alfie knows is that he's far away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name on a stack of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realizes that he's a patient in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. And he's determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place . . . A moving and uplifting story from the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamasshow more

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3,749 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 28% (1,052)
4 46% (1,724)
3 22% (812)
2 3% (129)
1 1% (32)
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