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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Young Reader's Choice Award - Intermediate Division) [Kindle Edition]

John Boyne
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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving Oct. 15 2014
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an unforgettable and a small wonder of a book. A Holocaust drama that explores the horror of WW11 seen through the eyes of Bruno, the eight year old son of the commandant at a concentration camp called “Out With” and of a Jewish inmate of the same age called Shmuel.

The strength is in the narrative which mires the preoccupations of child’s curiosity and interest in the high-wired compound inhabited by sad people in striped pyjamas. It is an effortless read that puts us directly into Bruno’s and Shmuel’s worldview.

Bruno is an explorer by heart and after doing so around the house he decides to do some of the area. After an hour or so he discovers Shmuel, a boy behind the fence in the camp. They start to talk about their life and every day they meet at the same spot. Till one day, Shmuel’s father goes missing and Bruno wants to help his friend find him. He changes into the striped pyjamas, climbs under the fence and explores Shmuel’s world……

This fabrication of the author’s imagination is elegantly written and very moving. Although not particularly graphic or dark it will nevertheless leave a deep impact in any reader’s minds. Mr. Boyne is a master in depicting the setting and capturing the character’s emotions. The style is meant for the eyes of Young people therefore it may seem a bit simplistic for grown-ups, so with this in mind be prepare to read a sanitised version of the period, one with little historical significance and enjoy it for what it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS April 2 2012
By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Story Description:

Random House Children's Books | October 23, 2007 | Trade Paperback

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.

My Review:

Bruno is nine-years-old when he arrives home from school one day to find the maid, Maria packing up the belongings in his room. He becomes very upset and demands to know what is going on when his mother comes into the room and asks him to meet her downstairs in the dining room. Bruno is so anxious that he speeds past his mother and his waiting for her downstairs before she even has a chance to step off the first stair. She tells Bruno that his father has received an important promotion and they must leave Berlin and move to another city and live in another house. Bruno, of course, is quite upset as he doesn't want to leave his beloved home nor his three best friends. His mother assures him that things will be alright and that the whole family including: Bruno; his twelve-year-old sister, Gretel; their father; the maid, Maria; the butler, Lars; and Cook will all be moving together.
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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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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 to when I was nine and the way that I thought about, and struggled with, things too great and too evil for an innocent mind to comprehend.

Boyne's writing style is perfect to convey a childs thoughts and emotions at one of the darkest times in human history. Those who say otherwise, I feel, have missed the point (and therefore the beauty) of this book entirely. It truly brought me back to when I was a young lad. It gave me goosebumps, it made me laugh, and it serves as a warning of the evil that is possible when (to quote Edmund Burke) "good men do nothing."

I recommend "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" as an easy and thought-provoking read and guarantee that it will be rewarding to anyone, no matter their age or depth of study.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 25 2007
Format:Hardcover
What an incredible story! John Boyne has created innocent, naïve Bruno and given him a powerful story to tell. This moving book should be required reading for everyone.

Set in the 1940's in Berlin, Germany, the story centers around a nine-year-old German boy named Bruno. His family leaves Berlin to move to the country because his father has been reassigned by the "Fury." Bruno's youth and innocence has protected him from the harsh realities of Hilter and his reign of terror.

Life in the country is dull and boring for Bruno. He doesn't understand his new home, "Out-With." He's left his friends behind and doesn't like the smaller house he's forced to live in with his parents and his sister. Missing the hustle and bustle of the city, Bruno begins to explore his new surroundings. Beyond the fence near his house, he sees people, but is confused by their strange striped pajamas and their sad demeanor.

Bruno's loneliness is somewhat relieved when he becomes friends with a boy on the other side of the fence. They meet daily and exchange comments about their daily lives, but neither fully understands the circumstances of the other.

Boyne presents a story about the Holocaust like none other before. He brings tragedy to life through the eyes of innocent children. Readers of all ages will be spellbound until the last page and beyond.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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Wonderful story as it is heart breaking.
Published 2 months ago by Visnja Murgic
2.0 out of 5 stars Anyone using this book in a school setting should be ...
Anyone using this book in a school setting should be very careful. I found it disturbing that in some way it glamorized life on the wrong side of the fence. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gale Davidson
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Excellent read.
Published 4 months ago by Roger Godden
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the read...
amazing story well written, takes a moment to start but as soon as it does you can't put it down. The ending will break your heart,
Published 6 months ago by Jeannot
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not pud down
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
Published 11 months ago by Sarah Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 STARS
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sofie
5.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT VIEW OF WWII
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. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Linda M
5.0 out of 5 stars It touches your heart
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. Read more
Published 22 months ago by courtney oostenbrink
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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... Read more
Published on April 15 2013 by Gretchen Harris
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
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