Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne | ScholasticWith 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
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne – review
Part 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.
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.
Boyne finds fresh hope amid carnage of the trenches
In this wonderful children's story, Alfie's determination to locate and rescue his beloved father leads him on a heartfelt and eventful adventure. While secretly working as a shoeshine boy to help his mother put food on the table during WW1, the nine year old lad discovers an important clue regarding his father's whereabouts and plans a secret mission resulting in his fir. While secretly working as a shoeshine boy to help his mother put food on the table during WW1, the nine year old lad discovers an important clue regarding his father's whereabouts and plans a secret mission resulting in his first ever train ride and some pretty unnerving experiences when he arrives at his destination. Although the mission doesn't go quite as planned, Alfie ultimately learns the definition of the traumatic condition known as "shell shock" as well as what it means to be called a "conchie" conscientious objector during wartime and receiving the dreaded white feather in public. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
The book opens on Alfie's fifth birthday — July 28, — the day the war broke out. From the very first page, Boyne's characters seem so real that you feel you know them personally: Alfie himself, a wonderfully smart and caring boy; Margie Summerfield, Alfie's stoic but loving mum; Joe Patience who is a 'conchie' or conscientious objector; Granny Summerfield, who sees off a local bully who has been beating his wife and children; and Old Bill Hemperton, 'the Australian', are all beautifully drawn. Four years after his father Georgie enlists, nine-year-old Alfie decides to help his mum pay the bills by becoming a shoe shine boy at King's Cross train station. Here he polishes the leather of many interesting people including the prime minister, Lloyd George. When a doctor asks Alfie to shine his shoes, the man's papers blow on to the floor and Alfie spots his own father's name on one of the sheets. It seems Georgie is not in France fighting the war after all, as Alfie has been told.