Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7
Hardcover: 256 pages
Ebook pages: 144 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (March 25, 2014)
My Source: Netgalley
‘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. . . .’
This was a wonderful little book. Refreshing seeing something as terrible as the war through a child’s eyes. Full of courage, duty, and love. It didn’t feel like I was reading a children’s book at all. I think adults will love this as much as children. A great book to read with your children and grandchildren and then talk about the values and issues brought up in the book.
John Boyne has written 8 adult novels in addition to his children’s books. I am looking forward to reading some of those as well! Read about this Irish author and check out his books on his website by clicking the link above.