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John Boyne broke all our hearts with his Holocaust story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Now it’s the turn of the Great War. Perfectly timed for the First World War centenary: a wonder of a book to leave you shell-shocked. It’s the story of a small boy, Alfie Summerfield. And his father, who made a big promise and broke it the day after the war started. A story about a shoeshine boy, a train journey, a white feather. A dark secret. And the fate of thousands of men who gave everything they had to fight for their country in the war.

Product Details






Doubleday Children's Books

Date published

September 26th, 2013

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.3; Middle years; 9.0 points

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  • 288 pages


UK edition


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  1. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 8 March 2014

    Remarkable, i loved the plot.

  2. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 5 March 2014

    This is written by one of my most favourite authors; John Boyne. I love his approach on World War 2 and is a very sad, yet informative tale.

    5out of 5