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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

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

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"The Boy In The Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne is the story of a young boy named Bruno who is growing up during World War II. When he and his family move from Berlin to "Out With" he discovers a wire fence. Soon afterwards he makes friends with a Jewish boy name Shmuel.

Personal Reaction:
I usually don't read alot about World War II and the Holocaust because the majority of the time it's hard to read. This book is no different. While I know the characters are fictional, this story proves the innocence of children during such times. I know that if I had grown up during this time period I wouldn't have understood what was going on. This is one of those emotional reads that can bring you to tears.

Extension Ideas:
1.) This is a book for older children, obviously, that can be used to introduce the Holocaust and World War II.
2.) This story also addresses the fact that children are usually accepting of others even though the world may believe differently. The message of acceptance and friendship is evident in this story. ( )
  BreannaDavid | Jul 16, 2017 |
Bruno is a 9 year old boy living in Berlin with his family during WWII. He comes home, only to find that his entire family is packing up their stuff. They are moving to a new place that he calls "Out-With". His father is ordered there by "The Fury". He looks out of his bedroom window and sees a big fence and many men and boys on the other side of the fence wearing the same striped pajamas. He doesn't really comprehend where he is or who those people are.

He goes out exploring and befriends a boy who is sitting on the other side. Throughout their relationship, he wonders why he can never go visit his only friend. The story comes to an inevitable conclusion. A sad tragic, but powerful tale of the Holocaust from a naive and innocent perspective. Worthwhile, but easy read, as it is aimed at a younger audience.

7/10 ( )
1 vote mahsdad | Jun 3, 2017 |
The Boy in the Purple Pajamas is about a nine year old boy named Bruno. He has an older sister named Gretel. They have to move because their dads job made them move. One day Bruno got bored because his parent got him a teacher named Herr Lisztto teach him. He doesn't really like him or what he's learning. He went outside to play around then he found a gate. He met a little Jewish boy his name is Shumel. He was put in a concentration camp in Auchwish. They become very good friends and Bruno wants to go over the gate to play with him. They don't know what's going on but Bruno's dad does because he's the commander of the concentration camp in Auchwish. So the both of them go into the chamber and they think it's just a shower but, it is really a gas shower. Both of the kids died and they mistakend Bruno for another one of the Jews.

When I first read this book I really wanted to read this. When I got to the middle of the book I wanted to put it down because the story was getting sad but I was so hooked to the book. I wanted to put it down but at the same time I didn't want to. This is a very good book. I still think the movie is better but that's besides the point. This is a very interesting book to me because I'm super interested in WW1 and WW2. Frau Peaceman gave me this book. I got hooked to it because she was teaching us about the Holocoust and I wanted to learn more about it. I got the book and I read it and I liked it it was one of the few books I have read that had a sad ending.
  Olivia.RG1 | Jun 2, 2017 |
What does the cover really mean? The cover stands for the Jewish people that were forced into concentration camps and were treated very pourly. The book itself is about a kid named Bruno. He was a kid that had only known about living in Berlin. Bruno moves to a house where you can see Auschwitz from inside the walls of his own house. One day Bruno decided to go exploring. That one day he met a boy on the other side of the fence named Shmuel. Bruno knew Shmuel for more than a year before they devised a plan so that they could actually be able to walk around with eachother. The next day Bruno had Shmuel get some pajamas for Bruno so that he outd blend in with the other Jews. Bruno and Shmuel both died with eachother. They were in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. Accordingly nag to the book they were holding hands even after they'd passed.

Why would you read this book? I would read this book because it really shows you the hardship that millions had to go through. This book is very sad at some parts if you imagine how the people in that situation felt and what they were thinking. It is very informative about the things that would happen daily such as the men having to work so that them and their families wouldn't die. This book can really show the importance of having friends. Even though thy never were able to play and run around with eachother they were still very close and very friendly to one another. That's why I would recommend this to specifically people within their teens and twenties. ( )
  EthanLG1 | May 7, 2017 |
Bruno is a nine-year-old German boy who lived in Germany until his father was reassigned to “Out-With” by the “Fury.” Bruno is bored there and does not like his new home so he begins exploring his new surroundings. He is confused about the people on the other side of the fence near his house because they wear striped pajamas and seem sad. He becomes friends with a boy on the other side of the fence and they meet daily to talk about their lives until something tragic happens. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
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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.

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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