Location: FIC BOY
Yes we are being drowned in 100 year commemoration books from WWI, but this one from John Boyne is well.. John Boyne. I love his books, I love his parables- Noah and Barnaby, and I love how he can sit in history- even as a 5 year old boy and tell me about it.
This book deals with a Mum trying to raise a boy in the war years, it deals with conchies, it deals with how foreigners were treated- once kind neighbours, now the enemy. It deals with shell shock, it deals with a boy, who just wants his Dad home from his "secret mission".
It is John Boyne all over WWI
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 . .
"Leaves the reader with a greater sense of how war changes people and their communities, and reminds us that sometimes, the ordinary acts of courage that get a child and his family through each day are as valuable, rare and life-changing as any along the front. Alfie inspires us to be more courageous than we’re used to and to do right by others even when the world is tense around us" - Oprah Magazine