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. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition.
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 . . .
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, six for younger 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. Most recently, The Heart's Invisible Furies was a Richard & Judy Bookclub word-of-mouth bestseller, and A Ladder to the Sky was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award in association with Listowel Writers' Week.
His novels are published in over fifty languages.
"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
Short-listed for Cheshire School's Book Award 2015 (UK)
Short-listed for Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2015 (UK)
Short-listed for Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 (UK)
Short-listed for Hillingdon Book Award 2015 (UK)
Short-listed for Haringey Children's Book Award 2015 (UK)
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