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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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This is a historical fiction book that takes place during WWII in Germany. Bruno is a the son of a Nazi Commander and his family has just moved to a place outside of a concentration camp called Auschwitz. As Bruno explores his new home he wonders through the woods where he meets a little boy, Shmuel, on the other side of a fence wearing stripped pajamas. Bruno is curious as to why there are so many people on the other side of the fence than on his side. Shmuel tries to explain it to Bruno, but neither boy really understands. Shmuel and Bruno become friends and Bruno is always taking food and other little items to Shmuel. One day when Bruno goes to visit Shmuel, Shmuel is worried because he hasn't been able to find his dad. Bruno volunteers to help him find his dad and crawls under the fence. Ultimately, the ending is filled with grief and sadness. ( )
  natalie.loy | Jun 4, 2014 |
'A small wonder of a book... A particular moment, one that cannot be told too often" Guardian ( )
  paulo.bilyk | May 27, 2014 |
Could this have happened? ( )
  marymount | May 14, 2014 |
The scapegoat for teenagers everywhere.

I know a lot of people who read it once, and proceeded to use it for every book review they wrote for the next five years.

Is it that difficult to read a book?!!

Other than that, I didn't like the story. None of the characters were exactly likable but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the depth and emotion being displayed and the difficult subject matter. The ending was certainly a shock, and a giant slap in the face to Bruno's Nazi father, that's all I'll say. ( )
  katie1802 | May 10, 2014 |
I really liked this book is easy to read and it narrate in a simple way an amazing story... He shows through the eyes of an 9 years old child what is their views of the war and how even if they don´t have a compleate understanding of a situation or they can not put in words when they know that something is wrong they have a better perspective that the adults around them... I extremly recommend this book.. ( )
  CaroPi | May 6, 2014 |
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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)
 
Starred Review. "While only hinting at violence, blind hatred, and deplorable conditions, Boyne has included pointed examples of bullying and fearfulness. His combination of strong characterization and simple, honest narrative make this powerful and memorable tale a unique addition to Holocaust literature for those who already have some knowledge of Hitlers Final Solution." Ages 12+.
added by cvosshans | editBookBrowse, School Library Journal - Susan Scheps
 

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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:35:45 -0400)

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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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