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Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  5,466 ratings  ·  882 reviews
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
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Doubleday Childrens (first published 2013)
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Vitor Martins
Um livro rápido de ler, mas cheio de sentimentos. John Boyne é excelente pra contar histórias sobre a História e mais uma vez ele explorou a Primeira Guerra Mundial com uma perspectiva muito inocente e uma escrita muito bonita.
Mesmo nas cenas mais simples, esse livro não perde a oportunidade de passar uma mensagem de otimismo, amor e igualdade. Adorei <3
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, I was sold on John Boyne as well as the enjoyment of reading young adult novels.

In this wonderful children's story, Alfie's determination to locate and rescue his beloved father leads him on a heartfelt and eventful adventure. While secretly working as a shoeshine boy to help his mother put food on the table during WW1, the nine year old lad discovers an important clue regarding his father's whereabouts and plans a secret mission resulting in his fir

Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
"It has to end one day. Wars always do. The new ones can't
start if the old ones don't end."

I don't read children's literature much these days but this book, Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne caught my eye. I loved John Boyne's adult novel about the Great War, The Absolutist and I was curious about how he would handle this subject in a book especially for children. As it turns out, John Boyne has written an honest but sensitive book about what it was like to be a child during World
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tengo tantos sentimientos encontrados con Quédense en la trinchera y luego corran que no pude ponerle más de dos estrellas después de tratar de ordenarlos. Por una parte, siento que la historia que Boyne quiso contar es respetable. Por otro lado, siento que falló en la forma de hacerlo. No he leído otros libros del autor como para saber si algunas cosas que hallé aquí se repiten indefectiblemente en su narrativa o si sólo dio la casualidad de que empecé a leerlo por uno de los peores libros qu ...more
Paulo Ratz
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meu primeiro John Boyne já começou muito bem! Livro de criança na guerra sempre funciona muito bem. Eu tenho uma quedinha por coisa que passa em alguma época histórica.

Eu fiquei super preso na história até o fim. As páginas voavam. Mega recomendo e fiquei com muita vontade de ler mais do autor!
Pam Gonçalves
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ler-em-um-dia
John Boyne sempre arrasando na simplicidade das suas narrativas, mas sem deixar de lado algo tão profundo e tocante.

Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Because of Alfie, this gets 5 stars. This is the 3rd book by this author that I've read. I didn't love his 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' was only 3 stars for me. 'The Absolutist' got 4 stars. I love this author's writing. His prose is absolutely beautiful. So many times, I felt wowed. He has a gift with words.

I loved the story too. Alfie was such a sweet and endearing character. He also felt like a real child who had to grow up too fast. I was sad to see this book end. I think I'm still
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I'm nine," said Alfie for the second time. "Well, you'll be ten soon enough, I imagine. Nine year-old boys usually turn ten at some point. It's the nineteen-year-olds who have difficulty turning twenty." (122)

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave is a triumphant story of a young English boy named Alfie who's father enlists in the army during the first world war. Alfie stays behind in London with his mother, grandmother, and their various neighbours as he braves a new world that makes little sense t
A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Alfie and his family live a pretty uneventful life. All he wants to do is ride the milk float with his father. Then his father does something that changes their life forever. He volunteers to be in the war.

This setting is probably what interested me in the most. If you know about The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, you'll know I pretty much cried when I saw the movie. So naturally I had to pick this one up. I liked reading about th
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 Wo
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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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
Christine Bonheure
Dit is nu al het tweede boek van John Boyne waarvan ik niet zo onder de indruk ben. Ik geef toe, ik behoor als oudere dame niet meteen tot zijn doelgroep van pubers, adolescenten en jongvolwassen. Maar andere boeken van zijn hand vond ik wel heel lezenswaardig. Ik denk aan De jongen in de gestreepte pyjama, maar zeker ook aan Dief van de Tijd, Noah Barleywater en meer recenter De grote stilte. De jongen op de berg vond ik wat tegenvallen en dit nog meer. De manier van schrijven, de verhaalopbouw ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, dnf
DNF. Page 190.
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Başbakan olmak isteyen bir arkadaşım var," dedi Alfie.
"Öyle mi? Adı nedir bu beyefendinin?"
"Kalena Janâček. Ayrıca bir erkek değil, kız."
Başbakan başını sallayıp bir süre sessiz kaldı. "Janâček dedin değil mi? Avusturyalı mıydılar? Yoksa Polonyalı mı?"
"İngiliz. Kalena bizim evden üç ev uzakta doğdu. Babası Prag'dan gelmiş."
"Öyleyse yarı Avusturya-Macaristan yarı İngiliz olmalılar."
"Arkadaşım bir kesir değildi efendim."

Bir çocuğun gözünden savaşa tanıklık ettiğiniz o etkileyici kitaplar... İş
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does a different take on the typical "war novel for kids". It's good to see a light cast on all the mental torture endured and afflicted upon the soldiers. It is an often overlooked detail.
Ye Lin Aung
The story narrated through the view of a 5~9 years old boy about the WWI and the families left behind. And his adventure that saves his dad. Lovely little book (which you can probably finish in one gulp) about love and friendship :)
Darren Hartwell
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
To 2014 λόγω της επετείου των 100 χρόνων από τον πρώτο παγκόσμιο πόλεμο, πολλά βιβλία κυκλοφόρησαν σχετικά με αυτό το θέμα.Ένα από αυτά είναι και το «Μείνε εκεί που είσαι και μετά φύγε» που από τη πρώτη στιγμή μου κίνησε το ενδιαφέρον όχι μόνο λόγω της περίληψης αλλά και του πολύ όμορφου εξωφύλλου.
Ο μικρός Άλφι θα θυμάται για πάντα τα πέμπτα γενέθλια του καθώς ήταν η μέρα που ξεκίνησε ο πόλεμος, η μέρα που άλλαξε για πάντα τη ζωή του.Καθώς τα χρόνια περνούν ο Άλφι μαζί με τη μητέρα του τη Μάρτζι
Rezwan Maruf
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
অতিরিকত কথা বলে এমন কোনো বনধুর সাথে আডডা দিলে যেমন অনূভুতি হয় এই বইটা পড়ার সময়ও আমার সেই একই অনূভুতি হচছিল। কারণে অকারণে কে কখন কি ভাবছে তার অতিরিকত বরণনা দিয়েছেন লেখক। কখনো কখনো বযাপারটা ভাল লাগলেও, বেশির ভাগ সময়েই বোরিং লেগেছে। তবে অনযানয দিক বিবেচনা করলে বইটাকে মোটামুটি ভাল বলা যায়। ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 sterren
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Boyne stelt me nooit teleur. Ook nu niet, met het verhaal van Alfie. Het is eerste Wereldoorlog en zijn vader gaat naar het front en dat doet wat met een kleine jongen. Mooi en vlot geschreven.
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
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
-Visión indirecta de consecuencias de la Gran Guerra.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Alfie cumple cinco años el mismo día que el Imperio Austro-Húngaro le declara la guerra a Serbia y empieza oficialmente la Primera Guerra Mundial. Georgie, su padre, pronto se alistará voluntariamente y pensando que la guerra no durará mucho tiempo. Cuatro años después, Alfie no tiene claro que ha sido de su padre, la familia pasa penalidades y el muchacho ha visto cosas que no tiene muy claro cómo interpreta
Eric Boot
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek gaat ooit in de toekomst het succes van 'de jongen in de gestreepte pyjama' overtreffen!
Raven and Beez

If you X-rayed me right now, you would see shards of my heart all over my chest. So before beginning this review, WARNING!: YOU WILL BE EMOTIONALLY TRAUMATIZED BY THE HANDS OF A PAPERBACK!

Moving on...

I love history. It's something that surprises people for some reason. I might not know everything about history but I love knowing more about it. There is the appeal of the unknown. So I guess that is one of the reasons why I picked up this book from the libr
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-shelves

Sempre que leio um infanto-juvenil fico triste porque na minha altura eu não tive muito acesso a este tipo de livros, que contam uma história bem contada e que fazem o leitor aprender simultaneamente. Eu, com 26 anos, não encontrei aqui nada que eu já não soubesse acerca de uma grande guerra, exceptuando o conceito de "conchie", do qual não tinha conhecimento. Mas o que apreciei realmente neste livro foi a mensagem principal que ele passa, que é sobre a necessidade de darmos importância ao a
André van Dijk

Of het nu voor volwassenen of voor kinderen is bedoeld, voor geen van beide categorieën blijkt de laatste roman van John Boyne echt gemaakt. De oorlogservaringen van een jongen in het Engeland van 1914/1918 worden vooral overschaduwd door het eenzijdige verloop en een verwarrende aanpak.

De titel is het eerste struikelblok. Waar de Engelse roman het prachtige Stay where you are and then leave meekrijgt – de strijdkreet waarmee vanuit de loopgraven een aanval werd i
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knižka Zostaň kde si a potom odíď od Johna Boyna by mohla byť kľudne súčasťou odporúčaného čítania, ktoré sa týka 1. svetovej vojny. Očami 5-ročného chlapca Alfieho, ktorému na narodeniny skoro nik nepríde, že vraj sa to teraz nehodí - oslavovať, sa dozvedáme, čo sa stalo od začiatku vyhlásenia vojny. Jeho otec sa prihlási ako dobrovoľník a verí, že do Vianoc bude doma, že vojna sa tak rýchlo skončí. No nepovedal do ktorých Vianoc. A tak plynie čas, jeho listy sú stále nezrozumiteľnejšie a mama ...more
Anna McWeasley
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die Bücher von John Boyne sind echt was besonderes. Diese Geschichten wären von anderen Autoren wahrscheinlich sehr langweilig. Aber er schafft es durch diese perfekt getroffene Naivität der Kinderaugen wahrlich Meisterwerke zu erschaffen! Das Buch hat mich nicht losgelassen.. ich musste es in einem Rutsch lesen.
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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 won the Curtis Brown prize. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.

John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.

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“It's a big world, isn't it?' said Georgie. 'Do you think they hate each other on other planets too?” 17 likes
“... Nine-year-old boys usually turn ten at some point. It's the nineteen-year-olds who have difficulty turning twenty.” 13 likes
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