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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

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

by John Boyne

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Title:The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Authors:John Boyne
Info:Oxford University Press (2007), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Auschwitz, WWII, war stories

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

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Summary: This fictional story is about a unlikely friendship between a son of a Nazi concentration camp commandant and a Jewish concentration camp inmate. The story takes place in Nazi, Germany and in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Bruno is the son of the concentration camp commandant, and when he moves into the camp he begins to explore the grounds and meets a boy name Shmuel. The boys share stories and Shmuel describes his worries about his missing father. Soon, Bruno sneaks into the camp and changes into inmate clothes to help Shmuel find his father. However, the boys are led to their death in a gas chamber where they die hand in hand.

Review: "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a beautiful story that shows the beauty of a child's innocence and friendship. The main idea of this story is Bruno was a boy whose innocence led him to have a amazing friendship with a young Jewish inmate. I liked how this story included both figurative and literal language. This book is told from a innocent Bruno's perspective in addition to the actual truth and severity of the situation. ( )
  rjones34 | Dec 11, 2014 |
A story about two boys who form the most unlikely of friendships -- each on one side of a concentration camp fence. A painful and sad story, but well written and tender. An important book to read. No graphic violence or images -- but anyone who knows about the Holocaust will read the story with a sense of impending dread. Okay for sixth grade on up. Sold as a book for adults in Europe, it is classified as YA here. ( )
  amydelpo | Dec 9, 2014 |
The boy in the striped pajamas is a story by John Boyne about two boys that become friends despite their different backgrounds. Brunno is the son of a Nazi commandant and Schmuel is a jewish boy living in the concentration camps. The book tells the story about two boys who develop a friendship despite the fence that separates them. the story is told by Bruno so it is kept very innocent despite the horrors that were happening during that time. I was very surprised to find out that many people dislike the book very much. Some of them argue that the story is unrealistic and inconsistent since many of the facts did not happen as they were told in the story. I think that because the story is historical fiction, John Boyne needed to alter some details in order to make the story more child friendly and actually be able to write an appropriate book. There are many things that happen differently than we think and we will simply never know since the facts we gather are told by someone else and not from our own experiences. ( )
  cvarela | Nov 25, 2014 |
This is an amazing book, telling to story of the horrors of WWII through the eyes of a child. Amazingly, it manages to do so without being at all graphic. A child who does not know the story of the holocaust would see this book as a mystery; any adult will be filled with sadness. ( )
  martensgirl | Nov 13, 2014 |
I liked reading this book for a couple of reasons. The first aspect of the book I liked was the writing style. The author chose to write very simplistically. I think this helped the reader view the story/situation from the eyes and voice of Bruno, the 9-year-old boy. I think this helped make his character more relatable and allowed the reader to better understand his opinion. I also like that the character Bruno can be a mirror character for many readers as well as a window character. Bruno as a character gives the reader someone to relate to in addition to someone who pushes the reader to think about tougher topics. Many readers can relate to having to move, losing best friends, and missing aspects of an old house. However readers can see a life different from their own. A life where there is so much hatred, disdains, and disrespect for another culture. Bruno and Schmuel, the boy in the striped pajamas, give the reader a contrasting way to connect to the story. Finally, I like that this book forced the reader to think about a devastating and gruesome time period. Readers are often sheltered from holocaust books however this book presents the issues in a new angle. It gives the reader to think about what happened to those people that were affected by the actions of the Germans by presenting a different point of view in the form of a child. The big idea/message of this story shows the importance and desire for friendship. ( )
  EmilyBeer | Nov 11, 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.

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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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