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From the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, a warm and moving story of a boy's search for his missing father during the First World War.

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 . . .

Reviews

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

John Boyne is clearly unafraid to tackle the big subjects in his fiction for children . . . A good, solid, engaging read

Tony Bradman, Guardian

Leaves the reader with a greater sense of how war changes people and their communities, and reminds us that sometimes, the ordinary acts of courage that get a child and his family through each day are as valuable, rare and life-changing as any along the front. Alfie inspires us to be more courageous than we’re used to and to do right by others even when the world is tense around us

Oprah Magazine

This novel is powerful and subtle. It's as hard hitting as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in its own way and represents the loss of innocence on a number of levels beyond just Alfie’s plight. Another wonderful book for younger readers from John Boyne that introduces an essential piece of our history in a palatable and readable way

Goodreads

Wonderful . . . One of the best books of the year. An instant classic

Eoin Colfer

John Boyne is clearly unafraid to tackle the big subjects in his fiction for children . . . A good, solid, engaging read

Tony Bradman, Guardian

A beautifully paced and affecting tale

Independent on Sunday

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

Beautifully paced and affecting

The Bookseller

Pat Barker meets Michelle Magorian . . . Comic as well as poignantly enlightening

Independent on Sunday

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552570589

    September 1, 2014

    Corgi Childrens

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781448172801

    September 26, 2013

    RHCP Digital

    288 pages

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Also by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
Beneath the Earth
A History of Loneliness
This House is Haunted
Next of Kin
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
Crippen
The Absolutist
The Congress of Rough Riders
The Thief of Time
Noah Barleywater Runs Away
The House of Special Purpose
Mutiny On The Bounty
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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