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Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne

For Love

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne is a powerful YA historical novel set during World War I.

The reader follows five year old Alfie at the outbreak of war. The book is told in the third person but from his point of view.

Alfie is wise and brave beyond his years, recognising that he is the man of the family when his father leaves for war. He understands far more than the adults around him give him credit for.

With the men away at war and no welfare state, money is tight. Women have to have several jobs just to survive. Alfie does what he can to help.

We witness the impact of war on a community. The losses are felt by all, as the families dread the sight of telegrams or officers knocking on their door. Alfieā€™s mother wants to protect him and does not tell him the whole story about his father. This creates even more anxiety in him.

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Darkness Rising by A.A. Dhand

An Exciting Beginning

Darkness Rising by A.A. Dhand is a suspenseful contemporary crime novel. It is 0.5 in the D.I. Harry Virdee series. In the book the reader is introduced to Harry Virdee, a hardened Bradford police officer determined to clean up crime from the streets. He is a tough copper with a sensitive side as he tries to protect the weaker elements in society.

Harry Virdee defied his parents when he entered a mixed-race marriage for love. Both sets of parents are estranged from the couple.

As the murders begin, Harry Virdee has his suspect but needs proof. He is a straight copper who cannot be bought but fears for his family. What will Harry Virdee do? You must read the book to find out.

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