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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...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2013)
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Jenna  *Puddin Tame*
Thanks to Netgalley and Henry Holt and Company for the advanced copy

Alfie Summerfield discovers on his fifth birthday that his father is going off to war, World War I to be exact, and will return when the war is over, before Christmas. That time before Christmas lasts for more than four years. He was told by his mother that the reason why letters didn't come in through the mail was because he was on a secret mission, but to Alfie, all he could translate this to was that he was dead.

It wasn't unt...more
Jon
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Few books have left a greater impression than The Boy In The Striped Pajamas did and years after reading it, I still get goosebumps thinking about it. I decided I would read Stay Where You Are & Then Leave because I was eager to see how John Boyne would tackle World War One. Though Boyne's latest novel isn't as memorable or unique as The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, it still has a lot going for it.

Alfie's character is beaming with innocence and he d...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
As 2014 is the 100th anniversary of World War I (or, The Great War), we should expect many children's and young adult historical novels to come. (I hope). I grew up watching war films and Dad's Army, so I'd love to read more novels set during that period of history. Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is one of the first novels for young people to be published ahead of the centenary, written by John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas .

Alfie Summerfield was just five years old when Wor...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Stay where you and leave is a brilliant read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

the story is told from the point of view of Alfie who is 9. His father went to war and never returned and he can't quite fathom what happened to him because his father insist he isn't dead. Alfie helps out his mother by working as a shoe shine a few days a week and whilst doing that he finds a clue as to where his father might be and decides to investigate further.

I must admit I was never a huge fan of boy in the striped p...more
Darren Hartwell
This review first appeared on The Book Zone(For Boys) blog

I read a lot of books. I always have, but since I started blogging I must read more than ever. Due to the volume I read some books are read, enjoyed and quickly forgotten (I also have a terrible memory). Some books linger in the memory for a little longer, for whatever reason. And then there are a small minority of books that take hold of your mind or your heart (or both) and simply refuse to let go. I read Stay Where You Are And Then Le...more
Michele
I am a steadfast fan of author John Boyne (best known for his novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas). He has a knack for capturing the unique voice of young boys who usually serve as his protagonists in his historical novels that are teaming with social issues of the day. Stay Where You Are & then Leave is the story of Alfie who is a mere five years old in 1914 when his father goes off to serve in the Great War....the war everyone said would be over by Christmas. As Alfie later notes, no one...more
Pamela
I have a coworker who really, really dislikes The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

This same coworker also disliked When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, so maybe we just agree to disagree on certain literary topics. Which is very cool; lately I've been having "discussions" on Goodreads with people who refuse to see a viewpoint other than their own, and who cannot fathom how something offensive can, you know, offend people.

But back to the boy in the pajamas. I thought it packed quite a p...more
Harun Harahap
Sebelum membaca buku ini, gue berpikir cerita yang diangkat John Boyne adalah cerita tentang pendudukan Jerman di beberapa negara. Seperti di buku sebelumnya, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Namun ternyata ini bukan tentang Nazi ataupun Auchswitz. Walaupun tetap berhubungan dengan perang. Tetapi ini mengambil tempat di London. Di mana Inggris sedang berperang dengan Perancis dalam Perang Dunia I.

Sejak bab pertama, gue sudah yakin ini akan menjadi cerita yang mengharu biru. Apalagi tokoh utamanya...more
Alex Baugh
For Alfie Summerfield, the first five years of his life had been grand. He was a happy little boy, and his dad and mum were happy with each other and with him. His father, Georgie Summerfield, delivered milk and drove a milk float every morning pulled by a horse name Mr. Asquith. It was Alfie's dream to some day be big enough to ride along side his dad and help. Alfie's Granny Summerfield, who lived right across the street, always liked to come around for a bit of a gossip. And Alfie had a best...more
Dana
Written from the point of view of a child, this book covers a very disturbing topic and really should be read by high school age and above, not by younger children. Set in London during WWI, which England joins on Alfie's fifth birthday, we see the effects of the war on the women and children, the men who were unwilling or unable to serve, the foreigners in London and on the soldiers themselves. Because his father is away at war, Alfie has no choice but to grow up early and become rather indepen...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Any book written about the first and second world wars automatically makes me sad right from the offset. These two events in history were so horrific for all involved and, even now after years of my own research, I still can't comprehend what went on. Whole generations of men were destroyed, millions of lives were lost and families were broken, all so we could one day have the freedom we have now. These brave men fought for us and, like Alfie's dad in Stay Where You Are and Then Leave, they suff...more
Book Angel Emma
Review by Beth

For me John Boyne will always automatically conjure up The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. There’s a novel that will never leave me and one which I read in less the five hours on opening it on Christmas Day.
With that in mind it’s fair to say I hold John Boyne in quite high esteem so opening Stay Where You Are And Then Leave I was expecting a lot. The story is of course completely different to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas but it does still feature Boyne’s talent for voicing a young na...more
Megan (YABookers)
I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave follows the story of Alfie, a nine year old boy. When Alfie was five years old, war broke out and his father promised he wouldn't sign up. However, he broke that promise. Alfie doesn't know where his father is, and he no longer get's letters. All Alfie knows is that his father is on a secret mission. One day when Alfie is shoe shining at King's Cross station he comes across a piece of paper, with his fathers...more
Ainul Shakirah Shafie
As always, John Boyne never disappoints. This time, it's about the impacts of the war on the daily life of a struggling family told from a point a view of a 9-year-old boy, Alfie, whose father went to serve in the war.

I can't help but think that Alfie is mature far beyond his age, being acutely aware of the profound effects of his father going to war as well as the war itself on his small family. Determined to help his mother by taking the business of shoeshining, and going as far as to travel f...more
Sandra Danby
I’m sure this will be the first of many books about the First World War which I will read over the next two years, and what a one to start with. Written by John Boyne, probably best known for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, this is a touching story of a boy’s determination to help his soldier father. Destined to become a children’s classic, it is a tough tale with a tender touch. Boyne doesn’t shy away from the difficult subjects of enemy aliens, conscientious objectors, loss, injury, death and...more
Amber
I thought this book was just so sweet! It's a really quick read that I easily read in one day and I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading about waror if you like reading from a child's percpective.

I thought the character development of the protagonist (Alfie) was perfect and I love how the audience got to see him grow up and really mature whilst still keeping a bit of his innocence. However, I felt that there could have been a lot more character development with Georgie because I didn't...more
Jenn
After recieving this book in the mail I immediately started on it. After the first couple chapter I coudnt put it down. The way the author brought across points of poverty during the war, hardships, communication, and love were inexplicably memorable. Writing it from the point of a young boy really grabbed my heart as he describes the things he went through and having to be so small during such a critical time. I finished this book within hours because it was captivating.
Francien
Dit is het tweede boek van John Boyne, waarvan ik het verhaal goed vind, maar de schrijfstijl niet.
Er waren vaker gesprekken tegen Alfie, waarvan ik dacht: Dit zeg je niet tegen een 5-9 jarige, zelfs niet in tijden van oorlog.
Die gesprekken waren veel te zwaar en kunnen een kind niet aan.
Dat vond ik erg storend.
Ook als Alfie het over zijn vader en moeder had en dan steeds de voornamen gebruikt worden, vond ik ook storend.
Dat is natuurlijk allemaal persoonlijk.
Iemand die dat niet zou hebben, zal...more
April
John Boyne’s Stay Where You Are And Then Leave is a quiet gem of a book. To me, it does not shout with action or over the top prose, instead it whispers a subtle story of family and love where you lean in to hear and listen just a little bit harder than you normally would. Not to get all weird on all of you, but that’s probably the best way I can describe this book. Stay Where You Are And Then Leave is a historical fiction book that can be classified as middle grade, but hopefully will appeal to...more
e.c.h.a
I did it, for the best reason in the world

Alfie Summerfield, usianya baru menginjak 5 tahun saat PD 1 terjadi, membawa ayahnya, Georgie, ke garda depan pertempuran. Tidak banyak yang bisa dipahami dari anak usia 5 tahun, kenapa ayahnya harus pergi.

Saat usianya 9 tahun, Alfie yakin bahwa Ayahnya bukanlah pergi perang, bukanlah dalam misi khusus melainkan Ayahnya sudah meninggal. Hingga di satu waktu, Alfie menemukan ayahnya hidup. Hidup tetapi mati, di sebuah rumah sakit jiwa militer.

Di pikiran...more
Luana
No pude soltar este libro, me encantó; la escritura de John Boyne es muy fluida, simple y confortable, y le ablanda el corazón a cualquiera.
Betty
This book touched a chord with me. Although it takes place in World War I, I felt memories return to me at the same age as Alfie; mine from World War II. John Boyne is spot on with this story and has a fantastic ability to recreate this time period and the horrors that went with it, without losing sight of his youthful audience. This book is suggested for the 9 to 12 year range, but I believe it would be interesting to a wider range.

Alfie is an only child and has just had his fifth birthday as...more
Rebecca
Really liked this historical fiction book that focuses on the impact of family life and a soldier's mental state during World War I in England. When Alfie's father, Georgie, first signs up he's full of patriotic fervor. His early letters home make it seem as though he's away at camp--complete with jokes and pranks. However, after he's sent to the front, the letters come in at longer intervals and become increasingly pessimistic. Things at home become more pessimistic as well. Alfie's mom, who of...more
kleine_buecherinsel
*german edition*
Meine Meinung:
"Ach was, bis Weihnachten ist das Ganze vorbei",...(Seite 14)
Die Hoffnung, die die Menschen noch hatten, als der Erste Weltkrieg ausgebrochen ist. Ein Krieg der als Vorläufer zum Zweiten Weltkrieg gilt und der aber, so scheint es, immer mehr in Vergessenheit gerät.

Viele Männer schlossen sich freiwillig der Armee an, so auch Alfies Vater. Während er in seiner Ausbildung noch viele Briefe schreibt, werden diese irgendwann immer weniger und wirrer, bis sie dann abbrech...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
Reseñado en mi blog Nanny Books

Con ese nombre, Quédense en la trinchera y luego corran, no sabía que esperarme del libro. No he leído El niño con el pijama de rayas (tampoco he estado al tanto de la película), pero sí me habían llegado muy buenas recomendaciones del autor. Así que dejé mi escepticismo de lado y me puse a leer.
"Dijeron que se habría acabado antes de Navidad. Solo que no dijeron qué Navidad."
La historia mundial es algo que siempre me ha apasionado (sí, soy de esas empollonas que i...more
Camii
Las bombas resuenan en la trinchera. Las ratas corretean ente tus pies. Y lo único que sabes es que tenés que agarrarte fuerte al fusil y al mismo tiempo a una desecha escalera de madera. Tu sargento grita la orden y la primera fila sale hacie el infernal exterior. Tu fila se pone en posición, y su sargento les grita la frase que luego te atormentará siempre: Quédense en la trinchera y luego corran. El último grito de guerra, el último esfuerzo, la última esperanza se entremezclan con esa frase...more
Gala
Alfie Summerfield tiene 5 años cuando la Primera Guerra Mundial comienza. Su infancia da un giro radical cuando su padre se alista para la guerra, y desde entonces su vida no será igual. Deberá pasar momentos muy duros, desde estar a un paso de la indigencia a observar cómo la guerra arruina la mente de los soldados.
Quédense en la trinchera y luego corran es una novela muy realista. Me gustó mucho, sobre todo a partir de la segunda mitad. En la primera se me había hecho un poco pesado, a pesar...more
Barbara
WWI was supposed to be over by Christmas, but several of those holidays have passed, and the war continues on. Alfie Summerfield has given up hope that his father will ever return even though his mother maintains that he is on a secret mission. Through his job as a shoeshine boy, nine-year-old Alfie learns the truth about his father's whereabouts and sets out to bring him home from the hospital where he is being treated for shell shock. The author does an excellent job of describing the effects...more
Freelfe
Mon père est parti à la guerre de John Boyne est un livre qui sortira aux Editions Gallimard le 25 Avril 2014, et c’est un livre que je vous recommande vraiment car il s’agit d’un petit coup de cœur ! Ce roman de 273 pages vous emmènera à l’époque de la première guerre mondiale, en compagnie d’Alfie, un petit garçon de neuf ans mais qui en avait cinq quand son père est parti combattre. Depuis, peu, voire pas de nouvelles, et il est persuadé que sa mère lui cache quelque-chose. Alfie décide alors...more
Lori
"Stay Where You Are And Then Leave" by John Boyne is a somber story of World War I, and its effects on families and communities, as told from the viewpoint of a young man; Alfie Summerfield.

I was excited to receive the ARC for "Stay Where You Are And Then Leave" because I love "The Boy In The Stripped Pajamas."

For me the beginning was a bit slow, and it took a few days to try it again. As I began to become more fully involved in the story, the backdrops became three dimensional. I was not disapp...more
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John Boyne (born 30 April 1971 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist.

He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. But it was during his time at Trinity that he began to get published. To pay his way at that stage of his career, he worked at Waterstone's, typing up his drafts by night.

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