Stay Where You Are & Then Leave

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Stay Where You Are & Then Leave

By John Boyne; Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9781627790314, 245pp.

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

Description

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. . . .

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About the Author
John Boyne is the author of "Crippen, The Thief of Time, Next of Kin", and the "New York Times" and internationally bestselling "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas". Boyne won two Irish Book Awards (the People s Choice and the Children s) for "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas", which has recently been made into a Miramax feature film, and his novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. Ireland's "Sunday Business Post" named him one of the forty people under forty in Ireland "likely to be the movers and shakers who will define the country's culture, politics, style and economics in 2005 and beyond." Crippen was nominated for the "Sunday Independent" Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award. He lives with his partner in Dublin.

Oliver Jeffers is an author and illustrator.


Praise For Stay Where You Are & Then Leave

"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 (David Fickling Books, 2006), 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 (2006); 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

 

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas:

 

“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

 

“Deeply affecting. . . beautiful and sparsely written.”—The Wall Street Journal

 

“A small wonder of a book . . . this is what fiction is supposed to do.”—The Guardian

 

“Powerful and unsettling . . . as memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank."—USA Today