The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

A Fable

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : David Fickling, 2006.
ISBN: 9780385611350
0385611358
9780385751896
9780385751063
0385751060
9780385751537
9780385751070
0385751079
Characteristics: 215 p. ;,21 cm.

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Yaya_May
Sep 16, 2017

This book broke my heart. Left me crying at the end.

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Mariam_toma135
Aug 11, 2017

This book brings to life the heartbreaking history of concentration camps. The story covers what many young and innocent children had to go through during this time.

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Ratsarecool3
Aug 07, 2017

This book is written in an odd way and takes some getting used to. Although there are many factual errors (nine year-olds would have been killed upon entering Auschwitz and Bruno mistakes words like Fuhrer and Auschwitz for Fury and Out-With, which would only work in English, despite Bruno speaking German) this book was overall very good. The ending made me cry, and it gives a pretty unique perspective, from inside the house of a Nazi soldier. It really makes you why the Nazis were driven to such terrible acts, since Bruno's father was said to be kind to the maid Maria after her mother died, and it shows the power of brainwashing, especially on young children like Gretel. I would recommend this book.

SCL_Justin Jul 18, 2017

John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a strange little book. It’s about Bruno, a very naive 9-year-old boy from Berlin whose father is a Nazi commandant transferred to Auschwitz.

Bruno, being nine, thinks life on the other side of the fence from his house must be gobs of fun, what with the pajamas they get to wear. He meets a boy on the other side of the fence and they strike up a friendship, in which Bruno displays his ignorance and privilege. It’s not a terribly realistic story and belongs in the zone of fairy tale, but set in our own monstrous history. Nothing really sounded very German, but did sound very much the way a British person would portray a naive little German boy. It’s like Bruno was Pooh, stuck very far from the Hundred-Acre Wood. I didn't mind it, but if you want a more in-depth "German kids in WW2" story read The Book Thief.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 30, 2017

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is an amazing YA book that portrays the horrendous incidents in Nazi Germany through a moving story.
A niave nine-year-old boy named Bruno, and his family, move to a new house, "Out-With". Bruno, with nothing to do at his new home, decides to pass his time by taking a walk along the fence outside his home. One day while doing that, he meets a boy on the other side of the fence, wearing an unusual set of striped pyjamas. Bruno and the boy, Shmuel, seem to have a lot in common and the only thing that sets them apart is the fence, and the intangible fact that Shmuel is Jewish while Bruno is not.
This book has a deep message that we are all the same and only our beliefs set us apart, and our beliefs are nothing to differentiate us at an extent of murder. So many Jewish citizens died during Nazi Germany, and this book was written to help us all recognize and remember the ones that were lost.
I give this book a 4/5 star rating.
I recommend this book to readers ages 12 and up.
- @ilovefood of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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guantina
Jun 26, 2017

A shockingly haunting and beautiful Holocaust story told through the eyes of a small boy. Although this book seemed small and easy to read, the author shares a powerful message to the reader. I was able to connect and understand the characters very well, which made the book even better. The ending left me in tears!

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darladoodles
Feb 13, 2017

Loved the additions of the Oliver Jeffers illustrations in this special 10-year anniversary edition. This is a powerful tale showing how alike Bruno is to his counterpart on the other side of the fence in "Out-with" (Auschwitz).

This tale through the eyes of a German boy who is displaced from his home to a place near a concentration camp shows how the people of that country could have all of this going on around them and not realize the evil that they were submerged in until it was too late.

Highly recommended -- especially this edition!

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Posey_MayLove
Jan 06, 2017

I wasn't sure about this book, but I picked it up since I LOVE WW2. You know what I mean.. I was also more intrigued when I saw it said it was now a motion picture. So I wanted to read it than watch it, but *Sniffles* that never happened. You will cry after reading this book, if you don't Idk... I cried so much. My Grandfather fought in WW2 on USA side *woot, woot* That's why I have so much passion.
It's not based on a true story, but it hits into the feels of how the German people weren't seeing what was happening in the Camps. {MY HONEST OPINION}

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AL_HANNAH Aug 08, 2016

It reminded me of the connections that young children make in such devastating circumstances.

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Peep1900
Aug 04, 2016

The innocence yet reality of the story is incredibly heart-wrenching. Amazing read!

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Reeana
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.

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b_xy_p
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.

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AnamariaMihai
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.

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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.'"

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iluv_hngr_gms_JB
Nov 10, 2011

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

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b_xy_p
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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