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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 an unusual condition. Alfie isn’t sure what shell shock is, but he is determined to mount a rescue mission to bring his father back from this strange, unnerving place.

John Boyne beautifully captures the impact of the First World War and society’s ambivalence toward the resulting mental illness suffered by some returned soldiers—what we today would call post-traumatic stress disorder. This young adult novel is a great introduction to one of modern history's major turning points and will likely draw in adult readers as well.

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  • 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

  • “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.”

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