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Author: John Boyne Narrator: Euan Morton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9781427236388
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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 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. . . . in John Boyne's Stay Where You Are and Then Leave.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is a work of tender beauty and real lives. It is an instant classic that once read will never be forgotten. I loved the voice and the people. John Boyne has recreated a world that deserves to be remembered forever. Children’s minds and lives will be richer for reading this wonderful story. The forgotten victims of the Great War finally have their stories told.”

    Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series

  • “Euan Morton's fully voiced narration is stunning. School Library Journal

  • Narrator Euan Morton's presentation will capture all ages as Archie tackles the war head-on from home. AudioFile Magazine
  • 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 on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • Deeply affecting. . . beautiful and sparsely written. The Wall Street Journal on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • A small wonder of a book . . . this is what fiction is supposed to do. The Guardian on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • Powerful and unsettling . . . as memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank. USA Today on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

  • “Boyne delivers an original look at what was known as ‘shell shock’ during WWI…Boyne gracefully renders the opposing strong feelings the war inspired.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Another child’s-eye view of war from the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; 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

  • Among longlisted titles for USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2015

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About the Author

John Boyne is the author of novels for adults and children. His New York Times bestseller, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, won two Irish Book Awards, was short-listed for the British Book Award, and was made into an award-winning feature film. His novels are published in more than forty languages.

About the Narrator

Euan Morton is an Earphones Award–winning narrator. As an actor and singer, he is best known for his role as Boy George in the musical Taboo, which earned him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. He reprised the role on Broadway, earning him the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut, as well as nominations for the ony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League awards. His other stage performances include Leaves of Glass, Sondheim on Sondheim, and Cyrano De Bergerac.