The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

eBook - 2008
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"Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank." —USA Today

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 to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
Publisher: Random House Children's Books


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Aug 21, 2020

A great read!

Jun 13, 2020

Great book. I liked how Bruno and the Jewish boy becomes friends even tho they were divided by a fence.

Apr 30, 2020

read before high school
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Mar 25, 2020

Nine year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution or the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country . This is an emotional story about the horrors of the Holocaust. This is a good story to read if you don’t like intense, violent scenes, because while this is about the Holocaust, it is good about not overly-describing any of the more gory details of the scenes. While this is a good story, it is a rather easy read and pretty slow, getting to the largest plot point pretty late in the book. This novel is somewhat similar to All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr which is another historical book.

Feb 08, 2020

The book was well written and I enjoyed reading it. However, the author wrote the book through A nine-year-olds mind. The sophistication of language was not accurate to his perspective. Otherwise I loved the book. The premise was amazing and it started some good thinking.

Dec 19, 2019

Very Good Book

Nov 20, 2019

An exciting book to read!
I like books that is about world war ll
The movie is the best

Oct 16, 2019

I read this book in one sitting. kids innocence was captured in this book very nicely. i enjoyed the pictures in the novel. only thing missing was writing about little history about what was really going on between Germany and Poland. it would have been helped children to enhance their knowledge of History.
Thank you

Aug 06, 2019

I'm not sure what else to say besides "bad." Boyne has no idea how to write children, and, seeing as this is narrated by a child, it distracts from the premise of his message.

Jun 27, 2019

If you are a stickler for historical accuracy or realistic probabilities, this might not be the book for you. I'm not even sure I would label it as historical fiction. It is more of a tale with a lesson woven delicately through it and I thought the author did an incredible job constructing it. It would make a great read-aloud with a child that was mature enough to understand the Holocaust on some level. It is also quite a polarizing book so I recommend reading it yourself to see where your opinion lands.

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Jun 24, 2015

The book, is about a young boy named Bruno. In the start of the book in lives in Germany at the time of world war 2. Because, of his commander father, he is forced to move to a concentration camp named "Auschwitz". There by the fence he meets his new best friend. The book talks about, young Bruno's perspective on the world, during WW2.

Jan 24, 2011

9 year old Bruno is the son of a Nazi solider. One day, he comes home, and his father takes his family and moves to a countryside. There, they live in a house called "Out-With". Bruno finds it very lonely there, until one day he sees men and boys in stripped pajamas. He is very curious about this, and goes to explore. There, he finds Shumel, a Jewish 9 year old that is in the concentration camp that Bruno's home is so close to. Though they were separated with a wired fence, they become best friends, Bruno going there everyday to talk to Shumel, and Shumel waiting for him. But then, Bruno's father says that Bruno and his sister and mother must go back to Berlin, their orginal home. Bruno isn't willing to go back because he didn't want to lose Shumel, so for the last day he was at his home, "Out-With", Bruno sneaks under to fence to see what is on the other side.
Bruno never got to see Berlin ever again.

Nov 29, 2010

very sad book and its sad that during the holocaust(think i spelled it right) many died because of no reason and many just sat there and did nothing about it.

Rachel A. Bidulka
Oct 23, 2009

9 year-old Bruno, son of a Nazi solder moves from home town Berlin to Out-With, the name of their new home. one day Bruno go off exploring inot the forest, where he finds the concentration camp, and a little boy name Smeul, a Jewish boy. This is the story of Bruno adventures in a Nazi's world, and the adventure of Bruno and Smeul.

Fences like these are all over the world. We hope you never have incounter one


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sarag1 Jun 21, 2016

"'You're my best friend for life.'"

Nov 10, 2011

"fences like these exist all over the world we hope you never happen encounter one" -John Boyne

Jan 24, 2011

"And then the room went very dark and somehow, despite the chaos that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shumuel's hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go."


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