Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne – review | Children's books | The GuardianPart of a stunning new design partnership between Puffin and the Imperial War Museum, this is an unforgettable story from the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. This special edition features a foreword from Eoin Colfer. 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. And Alfie becomes determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place.
Book review: Stay Where You Are and Then Leave
Written by John Boyne. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Alfie Summerfield turns five on the July day that war breaks out. Four Christmases later, the war shows no sign of being over. To make ends meet, she works long hours as a nurse at the local hospital, leaving Alfie to supervise himself.
Sign up for our newsletters! The Book Report Network. Skip to main content. I could certainly be wrong, but in my years of reading books for these audiences, that has been my experience. His life is grand until his 5th birthday, when WWI breaks out. Soon after, his father, Georgie, enlists to do his duty and leaves Alfie and his mother on their own. And even though the common refrain is that the war will be over before Christmas, four years have passed and Georgie has not returned home.
Four years later “Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is a work of tender beauty and real lives. Shortlisted for Irish Book Award: Children's Book of the Year.
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With the centenary on World War I looming, this is a perfect read for any child to get them thinking about the subject. I really want to give this four and a half. But can't, but thats what it deserves. I received an advanced copy to review from Waterstones. This is the second book of John Boyne I have read and he is fast This was a fantastic book, one that I really engaged with and found interesting.