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Stay Where You Are & Then Leave

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Captivating tale of soldier's boy in World War I London.

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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


I think this book is wonderful!Telling us about all the things that would have happ.ened in world war 1 and all the tragedy
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

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STAY WHERE YOU ARE & THEN LEAVE is a successful historical novel because it's an engaging story. John Boyne, author of the book-turned-film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, takes another look at wartime life as seen through the eyes of a boy. This time, the sights, smells, sounds of London in 1914 unwrap in a lovely fashion until war breaks out. Readers will be able relate to Alfie’s fear as his father gears up to be shipped overseas to dig trenches and fight in a war that everyone claims "will be over by Christmas." What’s not clear is how many Christmases it will take before the war ends, and the sense of dread and suffering is palpable, but not crushing, as Boyne tells it.

Kids will enjoy hearing the trains shudder and groan as they pull into the station and will worry about the wounded soldiers and struggling women. Though it draws the reader into a vivid world with plenty of dramatic tension, the novel wraps things up a little too neatly. Conflicts are magically resolved; points of view are switched for no apparent reason, and what was credible becomes a little unlikely. But, the anti-war message retains its power, and Boyne has proven that he can re-create history in a really captivating manner.

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