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Así que esta es mi impresión sobre Quédense en…, un libro que empecé con mucho entusiasmo por el tema que trataba y terminé con un gusto amargo. No me convenció debido a sus constantes desaciertos y hasta me encontré haciendo muecas frente a hechos inverosímiles (como el de un Primer Ministro lustrándose los zapatos tranquilamente mientras habla con el niño o el de una madre distraída que no reconoce a su hijo cuando está agachado y no se da cuenta, para colmo, que hay días que falta a la escuela) . Me encantaría leer El niño con el pijama de rayas para saber si estos problemas son constantes. Y si es así, John Boyne definitivamente no es para mí. Among my most popular books are The Heart’s Invisible Furies, A Ladder to the Sky and My Brother’s Name is Jessica. 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. I don't read children's literature much these days but this book, Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne caught my eye. I loved John Boyne's adult novel about the Great War, The Absolutist and I was curious about how he would handle this subject in a book especially for children. As it turns out, John Boyne has written an honest but sensitive book about what it was like to be a child during World War I.

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The story moves forward four years and Alfie is 9 years-old. Despite the constant assurances that the war would be "over by Christmas" (but WHICH Christmas?), the war drags on. Georgie is still away from his family; Margie has been forced to take a job working long hours as a nurse and Alfie has taken the idea that he is the man of the house seriously and has set up a shoe shine stand in King's Cross Station, secretly giving most of what he earned to his mother. There is a new air of maturity around Alfie and although he is not as joyous as he had been, there are still glimpses of his ever-present inquisitiveness. Me chocó un poco leer lo crudo la vida de los soldados dentro de la guerra y fuera. John lo hace una forma sutil pero, no obstante, sigue siendo chocante. Cuenta el sufrimiento de los soldados, las familias, las personas que no quisieron ir a la guerra y aquellos que fueron desterrados por haber nacido en el país enemigo. Boyne, John. "John Boyne: I was abused at Terenure College, but not by John McClean". The Irish Times . Retrieved 20 February 2021. This looks like a great resource. Looking forward to using it with S2 (Scottish schools) next year. Thank you for the effort you put in to creating a thorough and exciting unit for this novel. Le falta un poquito de profundidad a los personajes pero con todos los temas que tocan, a mi parecer, pasa muy desapercibido.

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is a novel with one of the youngest narrators I've read. As I said in my review of Picture Me Gone, it is fascinating to see the world through the eyes of a child. Stay Where You Are and Then Leave begins with Alfie living a relatively calm and normal life, where instead of being preoccupied by the war, his family is his whole world. Alfie perceives the adults in his family and close-knit community to be ancient: old men, who are constantly exhausted and experience poor eyesight, even though they are in their early 20s and 30s, and he struggles to imagine what it must be like to be 21 years old. Just four years on, Alfie understands the world a little better – unfortunately too well, for such a young boy. Alfie knows that his mother is hiding letters from Georgie in her bedroom, so he sneaks in to read them, and is often confused by what he finds. Until one day the letters stop. Alfie is left wondering what has happened to his father. Margie reveals that he is part of a top-secret government mission, but Alfie believes that his mother just won't face the reality of his father's death. But is he really dead? I'm sure a lot of readers today will relate to Alfie - there are still men, women and children dying in wars, there are still people who live in the fear of never seeing one of their friends or family again. The day the Great War broke out, a great anxiety and stress spread across Damley Road. Alfie had heard talk about a war, but hadn't realised exactly what was going on until a few days after he turned five, when his father Georgie walked into their house wearing a khaki-coloured uniform. And it was then that Granny Summerfield had declared that they were finished, they were all finished. Set during World War I, this book tells the compelling true story of the professional footballers who signed up to fight. It's sure to enthral readers and pique their interest in the period. the story is told from the point of view of Alfie who is 9. His father went to war and never returned and he can't quite fathom what happened to him because his father insist he isn't dead. Alfie helps out his mother by working as a shoe shine a few days a week and whilst doing that he finds a clue as to where his father might be and decides to investigate further.

Boyne is gay, and has spoken about the difficulties he encountered growing up gay in Catholic Ireland. [7] [8] [9] He has spoken of suffering abuse in Terenure College as a student there. [10] London, 1914. It is Alfie Summerfield’s fifth birthday, and news has just broken that fighting has started in France. World War I is about to begin, and Alfie’s world will change forever. His father joins up; his mother struggles to make ends meet; his best friend, Kalena Janáček, and her father, who runs the corner shop, are interned as possible spies – they are Jews from Prague; and Joe Patience, the conscientious objector from over the road, is flung into prison. I felt very sorry for some of the conchies, because, by refusing to fight, they got treated like selfish cowards, even though, for some of them, the reason they didn't want to fight wasn't that they were scared of dying, but that they didn't want to hurt other people. For me, the conchies were also proof that there are different kinds of bravery, and that it's not because you don't throw yourself in front of the gunshots that you're not brave. Since that unforgettable morning when Georgie left for the station to go and fight, things could never be the same for Alfie and his mum again. What kind of fool wouldn't be afraid, going over to some foreign country to dig out trenches and to kill as many strangers as you could before some stranger could kill you?" (175)

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