Shortlisted for Irish Book Award: Children’s Book of the Year
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 . . .
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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, author of the Artemis Fowl series.