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Author:  John Boyne
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Nov 27,2017
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This story is set in London at the start of the First World War.  Alfie is five years old when his father enlists in the army.

Life without his dad is very different.  His mother has to go to work to earn enough money to survive.  His best friend Kalena and her father are sent away to an internment camp.  As Alfie grows older, he wants to help his mum, so he starts up a business cleaning shoes at the railway station.  As the war rolls on, each year that passes becomes more difficult, especially when the letters from Alfie's dad stop being delivered.

Through a coincidence, Alfie discovers his father is still alive and he sets out find him and bring him home.

 

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