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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (original 2006; edition 2007)

by John Boyne

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Title:The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Authors:John Boyne
Info:Ember (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:holocaust, Auschwitz, friendship, historical fiction

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (2006)

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a novel about Berlin during the Holocaust. A nine-year old boy named Bruno moves with his family into Berlin where his father will become commandant of a concentration camp. Bruno is new to town and he's very bored so he goes exploring. Beyond his backyard he meets a friend in striped pajamas sitting next to a barbed wire fence. His friends name is Shmuel. Shmuel and Bruno become very good friends and Bruno comes back to visit Shmuel very often to talk and play through the fence although it's forbidden. Shmuel asks Bruno to help save his father. Bruno puts on a pair of striped pajamas and enters the camp. They are lead into a gas chamber and the boys are killed. A very powerful part is when Bruno's nazi father realizes where his son is and what he's doing to these humans.
  chloethom1818 | Apr 30, 2016 |
This book was phenomenal. The author did a wonderful job portraying imagery when writing this book. Each page was exhilarating as I flipped and made me extremely engaged. I pictured myself inside of the story because of John Boyne's fantastic word choice. As Bruno lives with his sister, mother, and father, he escapes from the house for a little to find a young boy his age. The little boy was on the other side of a very large fence, in which Bruno had no idea was a concentration camp. Brunos mother forbid him from going back, but Bruno did anyway. One day, Bruno dug a hole to get into the camp to help his friend reunite with his family. However, Bruno and his friend are trapped inside a gas house, and become poisoned. Lastly, I liked this book because of its point of view. It was told in 3rd person allowing Bruno's thoughts and conversations to take the spotlight. It truly portrayed an innocent character dealing with racism at such a young, pure, and innocent age. ( )
  kelseyjenkens | Apr 21, 2016 |
This is a great book to use for a middle school age group of students, and I can actually remember reading it when I was in the 7th grade. This is just the right age I think to present this book, and the topi of the Holocaust which this book covers. History classes may be teaching on WW2 and using this book in a Language can build on that previous knowledge. This would be good as an interactive read aloud or an independent book study if the teacher feels like the class can handle the sensitive subjects on their own. ( )
  aeuin01 | Apr 20, 2016 |
In my opinion this is a great book. First, the language is very descriptive. For example, when Bruno describes meeting Shmuel. Bruno snuck away from his sleeping mother and “made a long trek along the fence to meet Shmuel, who almost every afternoon was waiting there for him, sitting cross-legged on the ground, staring at the dust beneath him.” I also liked the way the author developed the main character’s point of view. The young boy Bruno shows you the perspective of someone watching a peer trapped in a concentration camp. For instance, “one day Bruno asked why Shmuel and all the other people on that side of the fence wore the same striped pajamas and cloth caps.” The big idea is that friendship is universal no matter our differences we always find similarities. ( )
  Rvealey | Apr 19, 2016 |
This novel is set in Germany during the Holocaust. Nine year old Bruno and his family move from Berlin to the country in order for Bruno's father to be commandant of a concentration camp. This house is isolated and Bruno is bored without friends. Bruno begins to realize that something is amiss when he finds that his parents argue, his grandmother no longer sees the family, and the man who peels onions is really a doctor. On an excursion beyond his yard, Bruno finds a boy named Shmuel who is dressed in striped pajamas sitting near the barbed wire fence. The boys begin a forbidden friendship and often meet at the fence to talk and play. Bruno wants to help Shmuel's father and so he puts on striped pajamas and enters the concentration camp with Shmuel. The boys cannot find Shmuel's father and then they are led to a gas chamber. The text explores the cruelty of humanity and reinforces the commonalities of human beings. ( )
  sgemmell | Apr 18, 2016 |
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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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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.

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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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