Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

Author: John Boyne

Pub Date: March 25, 2014

Genre: Historical Fiction, Middle School level

Themes: World War One, family, mental illness

Fave Character: Mr. Summerfield

What I Think: I fell in love with this novel and its characters after only a few pages. Written for a younger audience than me but by the same author of the The Boy in the Striped Pajama’s,  I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised by the balance between historical accuracy and the boundless optimism of a child. Faced with a dark period in England only decades into the 20th century, Alfie’s father goes off to war and lands himself in a mental hospital for shell shocked soldiers. Alfie takes it upon himself to provide for and reunite his broken family in this uplifting, and sometimes heartbreaking, coming of age adventure.

THE FEELS: 

+ Alfie’s persistence and growth throughout the novel

— Kalena and her father being forced to leave England at the start of WW1

Long Story Short: 10/10!! 🙂

x emily.

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