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Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.




About the Author

John Boyne is a full-time writer living in Dublin. He was writer-in-residence at the University of East Anglia in Creative Writing and spent many years working as a bookseller. This is his first book for young readers. The author lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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writermala, September 18, 2015 (view all comments by writermala)
A powerful book indeed. When little nine year old Bruno gives up his comfortable life in Berlin for one he does not approve of he is sad. Things change when he meets "Shmuel on the "other side." Bruno and Shmuel strike up an impossible friendship which leads to tragedy. The author has done a very good job of talking about the holocaust from a child's innocent perspective and has handled a sensitive subject very subtly.
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Sheila Deeth, October 7, 2014 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
A childrens story with the power to captivate all ages, John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas offers a vivid portrayal of innocence in a time of guilt, and a haunting depiction of man’s cruelty to man.

Nine year old Bruno has no idea why his family has been uprooted from its comfortable Berlin home. With the innocent self-absorption of childhood, he mourns the loss of friends and comfort without seeing the truth behind the wire. Strangers in striped pajamas must surely play with their friends, he supposes, while he stands rigidly governed and alone. But truth is stranger than Bruno sees.

The convincingly childlike narration presents historical reality with that same protective layer of separation offered by the curious narrator of Zusak's The Book Thief. Older readers are quickly drawn into guessing and knowing what's to come, while younger readers will follow a fascinating tale of mystery and friendship.

Beautifully told, hauntingly honest, and scarily true, this is a novel for children to grow by and adults to remember, long after the last page is turned or the movie viewed. "Nothing like that could ever happen again," or so we wish. If we learn our lessons well, and read books like this with our children, we just might become aware enough to make that statement true.

Disclosure: My sister in law knew I would love this book.
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Llama , January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Llama )
A story that honestly made me cry. I finished it two days ago and it left me a complete mess of gross sobbing. I reccomend this to anyone who is into super emotional historical stories. It was AMAZING...
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Boyne, John
Historical - Holocaust
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - History
Social Issues - Friendship
Children s-Historical Fiction-Holocaust
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