The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Young Reader’s Choice Award – Intermediate Division)

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.Book Description

This work was set in 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 what 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. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 Comments

  1. This one stands apart, for many reasons, should be on anyone’s “must read” list I’ve read many books that fall into the “Holocaust literature” category. This one may actually be a book that is written in a style that COULD be read by a child but should be read by adults. Whether it is suitable for children depends on how sensitive your child is- and how well you think he or she could handle some very graphic details. They aren’t “graphic” in the sense of being spelled out in detail but the reader’s imagination can fill in the blanks. At age 9, this book would have been far…

  2. A powerful story – not a history lesson When I first started reading, I didn’t find the simplistic writing style appealing and thought I would be glad to finish the book so I could move on to another more challenging. It wasn’t long before I became engrossed in viewing the situation through the eyes and voice of the 9 yr old boy, Bruno. I did not critique what I was reading from the perspective of what a ‘real’ 9 yr old living in that era should or should not have known about Nazi Germany. 

  3. To give a synopsis would truly spoil the book… When I picked up the book…something about the colour of the stripes, something about the hue of the colours looked familiar…in a morbid way…and I wasn’t sure if I’d want to read it. What intrigued me as well though, was that within the jacket of the book, it said basically that they could not give us an idea of what the novel was about… 

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