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Stay Where You Are and Then Leave Award-winning author

by John Boyne (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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Product description

A moving First World War story of a boy searching for his missing father, written by the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

The day the war broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight. He broke that promise the very next day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, except that he’s on a special secret mission. Then, shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie spots 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. Now it’s up to Alfie to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place…

Product Details






Doubleday Children's Books

Date published

September 26th, 2013

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.3; Middle years; 9.0 points

Other details

  • 288 pages



UK edition


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  1. AngelofDeath
    on 8 March 2014

    Remarkable, i loved the plot.

  2. heart29
    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