The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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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 Books, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780385751537
9780385751070
0385751079
0385751532
9780385751063
0385751060
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Boyne
YA BOYNE
Characteristics: 215 p. ; 21 cm

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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. This also available as an eBook.

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. This is also available as an ebook.

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.

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.

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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Orange_Tiger_277
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.

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Booklistsoph
Dec 19, 2019

Very Good Book

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Derek0817
Nov 20, 2019

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

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swathikilingaru
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

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rebecacelest
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.

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becker
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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AwesomeErin_07
Jun 06, 2019

'Another holocaust book,' you would think.
I think not!
This book is not in the usual perspective of the Jews. This book is in the perspective of a German boy, Bruno, who's father is a German soldier.
One day, Bruno finds Maria, the house maid, packing his things. He soon learns that his family is moving to Out-With, which is Bruno and her sister, Gretel's way of saying Auschwitz.
This book is different from other books, the voice is clear and stubborn, like a 9 year-old's. John Boyne did a great job trying to describe Bruno and his family's situation, adding the opposite side's voice, for example, Bruno's grandmother, and adding clues for the characters' description, leaving the reader to infer.
I suggest this book for grade sixes and up book clubs, since it has few mature subjects, for example, the horrifying events of Nazi concentration camps, and it is a good book to connect, infer, and visualize.

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gvlee
Jan 26, 2019

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a children's novel in which Bruno, the 9 year old son of a high ranking Nazi Commandant, must move to Auschwitz when his father is posted there. Bruno does not understand why there is a fence between his new house and the camp; he does not understand who lives in the camp and why they must all wear the same striped pyjamas. One day, Bruno meets Schmuel, a 9 year old boy on the other side of the fence. The two strike up a friendship and meet whenever they can on their respective sides of the fence, to chat. Bruno continues to be ignorant about the conditions on Schmuel's side of the fence. After a year, Bruno's unhappy mother convinces her husband to let her and the children move back to Berlin. Bruno breaks the news of his imminent departure to Schmuel. They make a plan for Schmuel to bring a set of "pyjamas" to their next meeting, so that Bruno can put them on and slip under the fence, to help Schmuel look for Schmuel's missing father, as an adventure to mark their last day together. While Bruno is in the camp with Schmuel, many of the prisoners are rounded up, including Bruno and Schmuel, and are herded into a long, air tight room. Presumably, they are gassed to death. Bruno and Schmuel hold hands in the gas chamber, to the last. Bruno's father figures out what happened and becomes a broken man. When the Nazis are defeated, he goes willingly as a POW.
The story is shocking in its ending, all the more so because of the innocence of Bruno as he narrates his experience. The author does not pretty up the story, despite the fact that this is a children's book. Bruno's father is presented as a complex man, one who was a patient father, and who was kind to the maid, Maria, in paying for her mother's hospital and funeral expenses, and then taking her in as a maid when she had nowhere else to turn. Yet, he has ambitions to rise in the Nazi party. The mother, similarly, is loving towards her children, but she drinks heavily and has an affair with a young soldier.
Verdict: Horrifying depiction of Auschwitz told from the standpoint of the innocent 9 year old son of a high ranking Nazi officer. 4.5 stars out of 5.

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someone13
Jan 26, 2019

The book was actually pretty good and very interesting, but it was a little bit confusing. Otherwise a good book on ww2.

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Richdakid718
Mar 28, 2018

This book is about a nine year old boy that goes on a journey to a concentration camp during ww2

I felt really good reading this book because I got to learn alot about Nazi and what they wore some specific things in this book

I do recommend this book to 13 and up kids

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Dec 19, 2019

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AwesomeErin_07
Jun 06, 2019

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thevales
Apr 14, 2018

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Mar 30, 2016

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May 06, 2015

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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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