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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2006)

by John Boyne

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The message of this book is to teach people about the horrible things that have happened in the past so that they cannot happen again in the future.
This was an amazing book to read. I honestly could not put it down despite the tears running down my eyes. The aspects of this book that I enjoyed the most were the characters and the point of view. The point of view for this book is quite original considering what it is about. Having a young boy describe the events that happened during the Holocaust in his own way and through his innocent eyes, was absolutely incredible. It also made the horrible treatment of the people in the internment camps in his backyard all the crueler.
The plot of this book is beyond devastating and yet necessary. A young boy who is not aware of the horrors of the Holocaust befriends a boy that is all too aware. As they become friends and the main character, Bruno, becomes more and more aware of what is happening in his backyard, the plot becomes more and more interesting and emotional. The ending of this book sent me into tears, it is beyond heartbreaking I really enjoyed reading this book. ( )
  graceberry | Nov 19, 2015 |
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is an unusual story, one of the most difficult and disturbing a teen will read. It is the story of an event that will never be forgotten, the Holocaust. It is a fable told through the voice of a child, but it is not for just any child. ( )
  Alison14 | Nov 16, 2015 |
The cruelty of war seen through the eyes of a 9-year old boy. A short book, but one of the best I have read for a long, long time. ( )
  the_nice_bookworm | Nov 12, 2015 |
What if you had a son that was attached to the people that you are trying to keep him away from? This story takes place during Hitler’s reign, the Holocaust. Bruno’s father is a soldier for Hitler. He has been promoted to commander for a concentration camp in “Out-With.” Bruno befriends a boy in striped pajamas that lives on the other side of the fence.

This book uses dramatic irony by having Bruno narrating the book so it shows that he doesn't have a clue about what’s going on. The story is told through his innocent eyes. I recommend this for young teens and young adults because of its perspective on the holocaust. For example when Father is trying to explain who the boy across the fence is he says, “Those people, well…… they’re not people at all, Bruno” (Boyne 53). Also, Bruno makes the following statement regarding the people on the other side of the fence, “The pajama people all jumped to attention whenever the soldiers approached and sometimes they fell to the ground and sometimes they didn't even get up and had to be carried away instead" (Boyne 101).
  sharv1 | Nov 5, 2015 |
This is a powerful story of a young boy named Bruno who moves to Berlin with his family for his fathers work. The story is based on the Holocaust and new house they moved into is located near a camp that his father is suppose to over see. Bruno one day finds the camp without realizing what it actually was and there he befriends a boy on the other side of the fence named Shmuel. This is a powerful story about the boys friendship with a tragic ending with death of the two little boys that had become so close even though they weren't suppose to.

I personally love this book but this book is for older students in High School. This book would be great for a history class.
Class Room:
1. Have the students due a book report over the book
2. Have them do research on the Holocaust and explain why the camps existed
3. Draw a picture of how the story would end if they were writing the book
  Amandacj | Oct 29, 2015 |
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"Powerful and unsettling.......As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank."
added by cvosshans | editUSA Today (Sep 24, 2009)
"Deeply affecting......Beautiful and sparely written"
added by cvosshans | editThe Wall Street Journal (Sep 24, 2009)
added by ianreads | editThe Guardian, Kathryn Hughes (Jan 21, 2006)
Aunque el uso habitual de un texto como éste es describir las características de la obra, por una vez nos tomaremos la libertad de hacer una excepción a la norma establecida. No sólo porque el libro que tienes en tus manos es muy difícil de definir, sino porque estamos convencidos de que explicar su contenido estropearía la experiencia de la lectura. Creemos que es importante empezar esta novela sin saber de qué trata. No obstante, si decides embarcarte en la aventura, debes saber que acompañarás a Bruno, un niño de nueve años, cuando se muda con su familia a una casa junto a una cerca. Cercas como ésa existen en muchos sitios del mundo, sólo deseamos que no te encuentres nunca con una. Por último, cabe aclarar que este libro no es sólo para adultos; también lo pueden leer, y sería recomendable que lo hicieran, niños a partir de los trece años de edad.
added by Pakoniet | editLecturalia
Escolhi ler este livro porque consegue abordar a época Nazi de uma forma simples, não deixando, no entanto, de ser cruel e realista. Foca a inocência de duas crianças, que apesar de pertencerem a culturas diferentes, conseguem viver uma amizade inocente num mundo ignorante. Recomendo-o pois ele consegue transmitir que somos todos seres humanos e que devemos ser respeitados independentemente dos nossos ideias, costumes e cultura, porque se não o fizermos podemos magoar quem realmente amamos.


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Jakobeit, BrigitteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One afternoon, when Bruno came home from school, he was surprised to find Maria, the family's maid--who always kept her head bowed and never looked up from the carpet--standing in his bedroom, pulling all his belongings out of the wardrobe and packing them in four large wooden crates, even the things he'd hidden at the back that belonged to him and were nobody else's business.
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This work was set in 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 what 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is now a major motion picture (releasing in November 2008). Enjoy these images from the film, and click the thumbnails to see a larger image in a new browser window.

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Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

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