Stay Where You Are & Then Leave

Stay Where You Are & Then Leave

Book - 2014
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From the author of the phenomenally bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pajamas comes an unforgettable story of a boy's life changed by war, published to coincide with World War One's centenary.
     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 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. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place...
Publisher: Toronto :, Doubleday Canada,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780385681391
Branch Call Number: j BOY NVD
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 22 cm

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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.


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Sansha
Nov 25, 2017

A great junior novel set in London during the First World War.

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IV27HUjg
Nov 05, 2017

Over the years I've read many accounts of what is now called PTSD. Civil War called 'melancholy', some of my ancestors suffered thus. WWI shell shock, WWII Battle fatigue, Viet Nam - well that took a while to label. I liked the book though felt it might be more appropriate for a younger reader or those simply interested in the subject & not familiar with this resulting behavior. WWI gave us so many new ailments, treatments, advancements. I have a fairly good working knowledge of WWI, but only recently realized the tin masks caused lead poisoning. If any have seen Boardwalk Empire, it's a good example of how the masks looked.

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readerpat
Jul 03, 2016

I really loved this book about a young boy whose dad went off to WW 1 and did not come home. He discovered his dad in a mental hospital suffering from shell shock ( PTSD) and helps him to escape. It was a book I found hard to put down.

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maroon_penguin_81
Feb 06, 2017

maroon_penguin_81 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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