‘Stay Where You Are and then Leave’ is a book by John Boyne (better known as the author of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’).
‘Stay Where You Are and then Leave’ is a book by John Boyne (better known as the author of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’). The book goes back to World War I where a boy, Alfie Summerfield, and his family struggle through war as his father fights in the army.
No sooner has the war started, than Alfie discovers, by coincidence, that his father is being treated in a nearby hospital – suffering from shell shock. Using some savings of his own, Alfie sets out on an adventure where he plans to rescue his father but does not know if he will succeed in his mission.
‘Stay Where You Are and then Leave’ shows that love is the sturdy platform of friends and family and how no quake may shake it apart. Although the story is not overly emotional, you will find that the book is un-put-down-able.
Alfie’s escapade to save his father will test his bravery, courage, and determination it may even give him the choice to give up. But whether he does or does not is up to you to find out!
This book is elaborately written and Boyne definitely writes from the true perspective of a young boy. There is no violence even though it is placed in the time of war so it is suitable for ages around 8 and up. It is also a book that older kids would enjoy.
If you are looking for an interesting historical fiction book for yourself to read, this is the one!