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The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (Movie Tie-in Edition) [Paperback]

John Boyne
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Oct. 28 2008 Random House Movie Tie-In Books (Book 1)
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 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.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–John Boyne's novel (David Fickling books, 2006) is a harrowing Holocaust story with an excruciating ending. It is told through the eyes of nine-year-old Bruno, whose family moves from Berlin after his father gets a promotion to Commandant. When the family arrives at their new home, Bruno is disheartened. The new place, which the boy calls Out-With, is desolate, with a large camp on the other side of a big fence, behind which all of the people, except the soldiers, wear gray-striped pajamas. After starting classes with a tutor, who advocates history over art, Bruno explores his new surroundings and meets Shmuel who is living in the fenced-in area. Bruno never quite grasps why his new friend is behind the fence, but he knows that he should keep quiet about their visits. Only mature listeners with knowledge of World War II and Hitler's final solution will be able to interpret what the author unveils slowly (there is no mention of a war going on or the ability to get news from the radio or newspapers). Still, the novel will certainly augment the study of this period in history. There is the added bonus of an interview with the author and his editor at the end of the recording. With the eager urgency and excitement of the young protagonist, Michael Maloney reads with a British accent, using various voices for the many characters. Sometimes he drops the ends of words, which can be distracting. Haunting music between chapters adds to the suspense. A unique addition to Holocaust literature.–Jo-Ann Carhart, East Islip Public Library, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Gr. 7-10. Some of the most thought-provoking Holocaust books are about bystanders, including those who say they did not know what was happening. This first novel tells the bystander story from the viewpoint of an innocent child. Bruno is nine when his family moves from their luxurious Berlin home to the country, where "the Fury" has appointed Bruno's father commandant. Lost and lonely, the child hates the upheaval, while his stern but kind father celebrates his success because he has learned to follow orders. Bruno can see a concentration camp in the distance, but he has no idea what is going on, even when he eventually meets and makes friends with Shmuel, a boy from Cracow, who lives on the other side of the camp fence. The boys meet every day. They even discover that they have the same birthday. It's all part of a poignant construct: Shmuel is Bruno's alternative self, and as the story builds to a horrifying climax, the innocent's experience brings home the unimaginable horror. Pair this with Anne Frank's classic diary and Anita Lobel's No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War (1998). Hazel Rochman
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs. Q: Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Words cannot describe how amazing this book is. A short read, but it has a huge impact on the reader. I had to read the ending twice, because I just couldn't believe it. I was shocked, and stunned. It should be a compulsory read, especially for young adults. This book should go hand and hand with "Night" by Eli Weisel. I wish I could give in 10 stars because it really deserves it. My local book store has it on the "16 books you should read before you die" list. Honestly, you want a fast read that is simply amazing...GO BUY THIS BOOK!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Aug. 8 2006
Format:Paperback
I reommend this book highly. It should be compulsory reading for everyone. A poignant story of a nine year old boy whose father is the commandant for the German army and lives next to the concentration camp, but doesn't really know what it is or what his father's real job is. He meets a boy the same age from the concentration camp and is a heartrending story of their friendship and family situations.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting plot but so-so writing quality Jan. 14 2007
Format:Hardcover
This is a fiction book geared towards 9- to 12-year-olds. The reader gradually learns who the hero of the book is, through his recalling recent events in his family's move from Berlin to "Out-With".The plot is fairly interesting and the character development not too bad. The author should have continuously reminded himself, though, that he should be speaking and thinking like a 9-year-old. Too many times he puts words and thoughts into little Bruno's mouth and head that no 9-year-old would have in his vocabulary. And so many of the expressions are British/Irish, not German. Like telling his friend to put on a "jumper" when he is cold. The book needs a good editing, to remove these kinds of inaccuracies. There was also puerile use of repetition. I thought I would close the book at one point if the author used the phrase "Hopeless Case" one more time to refer to Bruno's older sister, or the description of his father's office as being "Out of Bounds At All Times And No Exceptions". What is the point of all this capitalization? Is he trying to sound like A.A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh"? I realize it is difficult to come down to a child's level when trying to teach something as horrible as the Holocaust, and the author tried. I much preferred books by Carol Matas (Lisa's War, After the War), Lois Lowry (Number the Stars) for fictional accounts, and such ones as Daniel's Story for non-fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not pud down May 8 2014
Format:Paperback
So interesting and to see it from the other side. This book is worth the read. It is also an easy read and would be a good vacation book
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 STARS May 5 2014
By Sofie TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book made me cry, in public...in a bookstore in Germany. Three, maybe four or five books have ever made me shed tears. This is one of them. Powerful, heart-breaking, and unforgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT VIEW OF WWII July 3 2013
By Linda M
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book very much and so did my book club. It stirred up a lot of discussion, some thought it was naive, but then the story was about a young boy. As group they would highly recommend it to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It touches your heart May 30 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Authors who can make me cry about thier books are simply the best authors. This book is one book that made me cry. My expiriences with this book was truelly amazing.
Although I laughed at some of the situations that I read about I know realize that there was nothing to laugh about since the book is actually very sad in the end.
Many Jews were killed in this concentration camp and we know that it is horrible to think of all the things Hitler did but we need to know about all these things.
Here is a poem that I wrote myself about Concentration Camps

Concentration Camps
O what a shame
Never any pity from those nasty Germans
Can we even express the horrible deeds done
Even we know that Jews are not animals
Not fair or even civelized
Truelly horrible
Ready to die?
Actually stupidity
Tired People
Inclosed in a fence
Opposite of nice
Never do something like it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's already been said April 15 2013
Format:Paperback
The review by Kirk R. Jones "Ivan Yeremnko" (Canada) - says it all as I see it. I was greatly disturbed to find that this book was purchased as a class set by a teacher at the JH/HS in which I taught English grades 11 and 12. I see nothing of value in this book - not even as a really bad example of writing.
Please read Kirk R. Jones' review for specific details, all of which I agree with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
Wow, this book is just... wow. I didn't want to put it down. I think the author did an amazing job at telling the story through Bruno's eyes. Read more
Published on June 25 2012 by PamelaForbes
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS
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Published on April 2 2012 by Louise Jolly
4.0 out of 5 stars A story anyone who was once nine can connect with.
This book doesn't just introduce you to Bruno, it arrests your mind and places you into his world. Written from the perspective of a naive nine year old boy, the book drew me back... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2011 by Eternal Decree
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching children about a great evil
It's difficult to know how to explain to a child some of the most disturbing events of the twentieth century. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2010 by Michael W. Perry
1.0 out of 5 stars Cliched, Wrong and Poorly Written
A terrible book. It is Poorly written and impossible to believe. It also perpetuates many Holocaust myths. It seems to be written by a young adult, not for them. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2010 by Kirk R. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Moving, But Not Great
Bruno is nine years old. He is distraught when his family must leave their house in Berlin ' his father has received a promotion, and will now be in charge of a place called... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2009 by K. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Criticisms are True ... and That's Why the Book Works
All the criticisms are true, and that indeed is why the book works.

The holocaust as a backdrop to this story is almost inconsequential. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2009 by Bart Breen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Book is very simple to read. Very touching story without being too vulgar for its topic. Author explicitly did not use any of the words that touched on the subject but was able to... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2009 by Amazon Shopper
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