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25. März 2014
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 realizes his father is in a hospital close by—a hospital treating soldiers with shell shock. Alfie isn't sure what shell shock is, but he is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place. . . .

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John Boyne wurde 1971 in Dublin, Irland, geboren, wo er auch heute lebt. Er studierte Englische Literatur und Kreatives Schreiben und bekam bereits als Student erste Auszeichnungen. Nach zahlreichen Kurzgeschichten hat er inzwischen sieben Romane geschrieben, von denen bisher drei auf Deutsch veröffentlicht wurden. Sein 2006 erschienener und bereit kurz darauf erfolgreich verfilmter Roman >Der Junge im gestreiften Pyjama< wurde in über 40 Sprachen übersetzt, mit zahlreichen nationalen wie internationalen Auszeichnungen und Preisen geehrt und hat weltweit über fünf Millionen Leser gefunden.



“Narrator Euan Morton’s presentation will capture all ages as Archie tackles the war head-on from home.” – AudioFile Magazine


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“In the final pages, the tension rises precipitously and the harrowing ending, in which Bruno does finally act, is sure to take readers' breath away.”—Publishers Weekly


“Deeply affecting. . . beautiful and sparsely written.”—The Wall Street Journal


“A small wonder of a book . . . this is what fiction is supposed to do.”—The Guardian


“Powerful and unsettling . . . as memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank."—USA Today



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5.0 von 5 Sternen STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND FINISH THIS BOOK! 18. Januar 2014
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Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne is a gripping story of the First World War for middle graders from the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and is soaked in tenderness. It is a touching look at the effects war has on a family.

When England declares war on Germany, it was Alfie Summerfield's fifth birthday, July 28th 1914. It had an immediate impact. Most of his friends were prevented from attending birthday party. He lives with his parents Georgie, the local milkman, and his mother Margie. Alfie’s grandmother Summerfield lives close by. Alfie's best friend, Kalena Janacek, lives nearby, just down the street. Kalena’s father owns the local shop. Joe Patience is the best friend of Alfie’s father. His father leaves home to join duty and trains at Aldershot. It was an eventful time in history but young Alfie couldn’t quite comprehend what it was all about.

Georgie didn’t return home but kept sending letters regularly. And soon the letters stopped coming. To calm him Margie tells Alfie his dad is on a secret mission, and couldn’t write letters. However, Alfie was now able to understand the situation and thought his father is dead, and that his mother was hiding the truth from him. Life is becoming more and more difficult for Alfie and his mother. Alfie made up his mind to help his mother. He sneaks into Kalena’s house while they were being interned on the Isle of Wight, took Janacek’s shoeshine box and start shining shoes to earn some money.

Four years passed by and there is still no sign of Georgie. While many believed him to be dead, Alfie is convinced his father is alive. He unexpectedly sees his father's name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor and learns that he is suffering from shell shock in a hospital in Ipswich, which is nearby. How it unfolds is what Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne is all about.

The author paints a stark picture of the devastation and pain war inflicted on mankind. It is poignant, earnest and mesmerizing. The character of Alfie is simply amazing. John Boyne has crafted a truly absorbing story which revolves around a young and courageous boy. This heartfelt story is peopled by memorable characters you’ll not easily forget. It is a book not to be missed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My Favorite Read of the Year So Far 26. März 2014
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John Boyne’s Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is an absolute gem of a book. It’s being marketed as a YA novel, but don’t let that fool you. This is a book that will reward readers of all ages, one that’s definitely going on the “essentials” shelf.

I don’t want to say too much about the contents because I don’t want to spoil them for you, but I do want to say enough to convince you that this is a book you should track down and read—and soon!

Alfie Summerfield is five when his father volunteers for the British Army at the start of World War I. He’s an interesting, quirky kid, with a child’s sense of time: “Georgie and Margie [Alfie's parents] had been very old when they got married—he [Alfie] knew that much. His dad had been almost twenty-one and his mum was only a year younger.”

At first, Alfie’s father writes regularly, but then the letters stop coming. Alfie’s mum tells Alfie his dad is on a secret mission, but Alfie grow less and less sure of her honesty as his father’s absence grows more extended. Is his father dead? If he’s on a secret mission, what sort of mission is it?

Alfie and his mum quickly become “perilously close to penury,” as she puts it. She works double shifts at a hospital, waking him before she leaves for work in the morning. Sitting alone eating his breakfast each day, Alfie props the newspaper up in font of him as he remembers his dad doing, but he’s only interested in one kind of news:

[H]e did what he always did in the morning. He turned to page four to read the numbers. The numbers of deaths on our side. The number of deaths on their side. The number of wounded. But there was only one number Alfie really cared about: 14278. His dad’s number. The number they’d assigned him when he signed up.

Now the man of the family, Alfie (who ages from five to nine years old over the course of the novel) cuts school and spends four days a week at King’s Cross Station shining shoes in order to make a few pennies to slip into his mother’s purse. But he never cuts school on Monday or Thursday—those are History day and Reading day, his two favorite subjects.

Alfie’s losses extend beyond his missing father and less-present mum: his best friend Kalena and her father are deported to the Isle of Man as enemy aliens because they come from Prague; Alfie’s father’s best friend Joe is first jailed, then regularly assaulted once he returns home, for being a Conshie, a Conscientious Objector; lots of young men leave the neighborhood, never to return. Alfie understand what is meant when a friendly passenger on a train comments on his age: “you’ll be ten soon enough, I imagine. Nine-year-old boys usually turn ten at some point. It’s the nineteen-year-olds who have difficulty turning twenty.”

The writing in Stay Where You Are is deceptively simple, communicating complexities in ways that will be clear to younger readers and intellectually satisfying to older ones. This isn’t a book that ends “happily ever after,” but it doesn’t rob readers of all sense of hope. People fail one another, but they do their best. They have courage to change as they see their own actions in different lights. “Less bad” is better than “more bad,” even if it isn’t “good.”

This book is being released in the U.S. on March 25 (it’s also been published in the UK). Look for a copy, read it, pass it on to a younger (or older) friend. You’ll have much to talk about as you share Alfie’s attempts to understand—and to affect—the adult world that he sees around him.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vivid and moving portrayl of the impact of war 31. März 2014
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Written in time for the centennial of WWI, this deceptively simple read is the story of Alfie Summerfield whose father is a milkman turned soldier who seems to have disappeared without a trace. Alfie's mother maintains that his father is on a secret mission but Alfie fears his father is dead. When he discovers that his father is in a hospital for treatment for those suffering from shell-shock, Alfie is determined to rescue his father and to bring normalcy back into his life.

John Boyne has written a moving and, at times, wrenching story of The Great War and its impact on those back home. While the war is a looming presence in the background, this book is mostly about the love for one's family and friends, Through Alfie's naïve observations of events unfolding around him we get to see the strain and the fear felt by the adults around him. Alfie is not immune to all this.While our young hero does not always understand the events, he is observant and has a deep drive to do what must be done to make things right for those he loves best. He knows his mother is struggling to make ends meet and he tries to do his part to help her. He wants to help his father and does what he can to correct what he sees as a terrible wrong.

Boyne writes in a simple narrative style and yet he manages to fill this slim volume with much fodder for thought. The petty racisms, the fear, the prejudice and the meanness that rise up in the people around Alfie are balanced, more often than not, by those striving to hold on to their dignity and kindness. Shell-shock, or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, first gained recognition as a diagnosis during WWI. Initially ridiculed and treated with contempt it was a diagnosis that many sought to hide and to cope with it was lonely battle. Boyne does an excellent job portraying the mentality of the time when PTSD was something shameful and deserving of ridicule. The book does seem a bit rushed at the end and we do not get a clear picture of how Georgie (Alfie's dad) slowly improves and how Alfie's life regains some sense of normalcy. Pat Barker treats the same subject and time period at greater depth in her Regeneration trilogy which is definitely not a series for young readers.

The book is being marketed as a 'Book for young readers' and McMillan recommends it for ages 9-12. I would say that this is a book more suitable for Grades 9 to 12 - High School or, at a stretch, middle school since, while not violent compared to some books for young adults, there is an underlying thread of violence and trauma that could be very disturbing for the younger child or more sensitive reader. There are references to impotence, suicide, an abusive parent, violence in prisons and much more that could raise many disturbing questions in the mind of the younger reader. Alfie may be aged 9 in this book but I would think twice before handing this book to a 9 year old to read.

Having said that though, I do think this is an important book that can help our children gain a deeper appreciation not only of the experience of war but also of familial love and ties that hold us together through thick or thin.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen All life as Alfie knew it changed, and changed him with it. It touched a chord with me 14. Juni 2014
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This book touched a chord with me. Although it takes place in World War I, I felt memories return to me at the same age as Alfie; mine from World War II. Alfie is an only child and has just had his fifth birthday as the story begins. This is his story, but also the story of all London where suddenly all the Dads are off to war, Mothers off to work and/or taking in work and children left alone. Alfie's best friend Kalena Janacek and her father have been sent away to the Isle of Wight to an internment camp, his Dad Georgie is at war and his Dad's best friend Joe as a conscientious objector, a conchie as they call him, is dragged off to jail and badly beaten. All life as he knew it is changed.

Alfie decides he should do his part, too, so he takes Mr. Janacek's shoeshine kit and starts working at the train station, skipping school three days a week. This is a tale of survival, constant fear and worry, death, innovation and love of family. When letters no longer come from Georgie, Alfie's father, he believes the worst. His mother tries to ease his fears by telling him he can't write because he is on a secret mission but Alfie doesn't believe her.

Chance is a strange thing. While Alfie, now nine, is shining the shoes of a well-dressed man at the station, a wind happens to gust through the station and catch all the papers the man is holding. Alfie rushes to collect them all and chances to see his father listed as a patient at a hospital in England. From this point on the story veers as Alfie plots to see his father. This story is very well-written, compelling and compassionate, as much as a coming of age story. Alfie's complicated plans are admirable if ill-conceived. In a four year period, many things can change, and especially with children, who always seem to grow up too soon, but during war often became grown up through necessity as Alfie did. With love, though, anything is possible. This book is suggested for the 9 to 12 year range, but I believe it would be interesting to a wider range.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "We're finished. We're all finished." 4. Juni 2014
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Don't be fooled by the "young adult" labeling of this book. This book should be required reading for all citizens, despite it being about a war that America was only belatedly involved in. In quiet, heart-wrenching, evocative prose, John Boyne lays bare the human costs of war, not only to the young men who fight them but also (and perhaps especially) the families, friends and communities they leave behind.

Alfie Summerfield isn't crazy about birthdays. That might have a whole lot to do with the fact that his fifth birthday was the day Britain joined World War I and Alfie's father went and joined up. "We're finished. We're all finished," Granny Summerfield keeps saying. And she's not far wrong either.

One of the things that struck me about this book is how young and poor the soldiers were. To Alfie, his parents are old, practically ancient. After all, his father, Georgie, was almost twenty-one the day he'd gotten married. And Georgie was one of the older ones - boys as young as 16 were signing up. Most of these boys and young men had graduated (or not) from their own meager educations, found a sweetheart and found themselves with a ready-made family within the year. Few had ever had a chance to explore life or discover what they wanted out of it for themselves. They took whatever job was available to support their families and muddled through life, raising their children to repeat the cycle a generation later.

In a household like that, children often had to be what modern readers might consider unusually precocious. Alfie, for instance, learned to read by the age of four. He was running to the store on errands for his parents soon after that. And at the ripe old age of five, Alfie can't understand why he's not old enough to ride the milk floats with his father. Fortunately, that precociousness comes in handy when your father goes off to serve and you are called to be the man of the house.

The main story picks up four years after Alfie's sorrowful fifth birthday. Alfie's mom had started hiding Georgie's letters, but Alfie managed to find them anyway, but they didn't make much sense. And then about a year ago they stopped coming altogether. Georgie is on a secret government mission to end the war sooner, Alfie is told. He can't write. But Alfie also happens to be precociously perceptive and he knows he's being lied to. He just doesn't know what to do about it.

Being the man of the house is not the only way Alfie must grow up quickly. His best friend Kalena Janacek's father is targeted as a spy and eventually both are taken away. His mother is forced to find work and leave him on his own at the tender age of eight. Being the "man of the house", Alfie feels it's his duty to provide for the family, since they are "perilously close to penury, Alfie Summerfield. Perilously close to penury." Alfie has never thought of himself as a thief, but Mr. Janacek's shoe-shine box comes in very handy. Very soon Alfie has put a shiny polish not only on many pairs of shoes but also on his ability to read people. And then comes that day he meets the doctor from that hospital for returning soldiers. But not exactly the usual kind of hospital.

In relatively few words, and in language not at all inappropriate for young readers, Mr. Boyne communicates the horrors and insanities of war and its aftermath in ways that make you feel like you're there. We find ourselves wanting to run out of that hospital right along with Alfie and to find a way to get his father out of that horrible place, and then we hate ourselves for our reaction, just like Alfie. But we know, right along with Alfie, that Georgie has to get out of that place, that he'll never recover in there with those dreadful noises and that awful smell.

Alfie is one of the most true and lovable characters I've encountered in a fiction book lately. I found myself wanting to just hug him like a little boy, but also knowing that at age nine he's already experienced more of the world than many grown men and he's too big for that sort of thing. We want to judge Alfie's mother for not telling him the truth, even in the face of his direct questions, but we also understand - maybe we wouldn't tell either. The other characters are likewise genuine, understandable and sympathetic, even when they're not behaving in sympathetic ways. Mr. Janacek, Joe Patience (the "conchie from No. 16") and Granny Summerfield are all the glories and the foibles of humanity in their own ways.

Mr. Boyne also has developed a great sense of time and place. We feel the rugged, gritty life of the urban poor, their joys and struggles as they do what needs doing and keep a stiff upper lip. We feel the deprivations of the war rationing and we confront the issues of the day - women's suffrage, patriotism, duty, honor, service to country, the "stiff upper lip" that conceals so much, but makes it possible to go on, as if going on is the only option.

I would love to tell you about the wonderful illustrations by Oliver Jeffers, who happens to be one of my favorite children's authors/illustrators, but unfortunately my advanced readers copy does not yet have the illustrations. This is a great disappointment and I may need to buy fully-published version just for that. I cannot imagine how this book will be illustrated, given the harrowing subject matter, but it can only help to bring this book even further to life - perhaps unbearably so.

This book confronts so many issues - war and peace, love and loss, betrayal, truth and lies, and the value of life - on so many different levels that it can be read many times at different ages and there will always be something new to discover. Once again, I cannot urge you enough to overlook the "young adult" designation and read this book whatever your age. It will haunt you.
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