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    John Boyne
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    Oxford University Press (May 31, 2007)
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    224 pages
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One afternoon, when Bruno came home from school, he was surprised to find Maria, the family's maid-who always kept her head bowed and never looked up from the carpet-standing in his bedroom, pulling all his belongings out of the wardrobe and packing them in four large wooden crates, even the things he'd hidden at the back that belonged to. him and were nobody else's business.

Home John Boyne The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. When I was writing my novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas during 2004 and 2005, I never expected that it would go on to have such a long and varied life

Home John Boyne The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The boy in the striped . .The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, . When I was writing my novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas during 2004 and 2005, I never expected that it would go on to have such a long and varied life. I started with a very simple image of two boys sitting on either side of a fence, talking to each other, and was immediately interested in the journey that would bring them there, the conversations they would have and the necessary end that I felt their story would reach. Ten years later, the novel not only changed my life but introduced me to people who I had never expected to encounter.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a 2006 Holocaust novel by Irish novelist John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a 2006 Holocaust novel by Irish novelist John Boyne

John Boyne has engineered a book that can and will open the eyes of hundreds of people like m. Once there, he discovers a young boy, named Shmuel, 'the boy wearing striped pyjamas', and, day by day, learns his life story.

John Boyne has engineered a book that can and will open the eyes of hundreds of people like me. As a fictional history fan myself, this is among the greatest World War Two books. By showing us the other side of the war, the one that books don't dive into as Boyne does, he has unknowingly created a new style of writing. He learns about his birthday and his family on the other side of the fence. He learns Shmuel's way of life, and the life that war has thrust upon him. Bruno's life was forever changed on that fateful day in Berlin. Social/Historical context

Home John Boyne The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. When the Fury arrives you will stand in the hall quietly and prepare to greet him. You do not speak until he speaks to you and then you reply in a clear tone, enunciating each word precisely. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15. ‘Oh, countless ones,’ explained Bruno. The thing about exploring is that you have to know whether the thing you’ve found is worth finding. Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. And other things are probably better off left alone.

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This book starts in Berlin with a little boy, Bruno, finding out that he has to leave his luxurious home. This was a powerful story and a brilliant book. It is completely told through the eyes of a young boy and I think the author has done this brilliantly. We find out that his dad is a soldier and that they have to black out the windows at night. As Bruno tells the story he describes that a man called " The Fury" came to dinner at his house just before his family had to move. Bruno is always talking about things that are important to him like missing his friends and his old house, but from the background details the reader realizes the situation he is in.

Readers Award; Independent Booksellers Book of the Year; Deutschen Jugend Literatur Preis (Germany). Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the International IMPAC Literary Award.

Bruno assumed that there were bullies all over the world, not just in schools in Berlin, and that one of them had done this to Shmuel. hing he could do to make it better, and he could tell that Shmuel wanted to pretend it had never happened. Every day Bruno asked Shmuel whether he would be allowed to crawl underneath the wire so that they could play together on the other side of the. Fence, but every day Shmuel said no, it wasn’t a good idea.

Where is 'Outwith' and who is Bruno? How is he connected? Soon he will meet the boy in striped pyjamas and befriend him. But why must the boy stay behind the wire?

Bruno is 9 years old. His father has a cool job, he's in charge of a lot of stuff. He runs a big place, with a huge wire fence, and a lot of people—men and boys—on the other side. They are skinny, they work hard, they are all very dirty, they are all wearing what looks like striped pajamas. There are soldiers in there, who poke at and laugh at the men and boys. Bruno has overheard his parents talking, and knows that his father's boss, “The Fury”, is the one who arranged for them to move to the new home. Bruno's older sister tells him that the place is called Out With.

Bruno is Not Allowed to approach the camp, or the fence. But, since he plans on becoming an explorer when he grows up, he decides to Go Exploring (wearing an old overcoat and boots, such as an explorer might wear). And on the other side of the fence he sees a speck. A dot. At tiny thing that, as he gets closer, reveals itself to be a boy. Just another boy, perhaps a boy for Bruno to play with.

This book is startling, horrifying, and yet the story is told in a charming way. Bruno and his friendship with Shmuel through the fence is just the story of two boys, but also a story of a Jewish Concentration Camp, told through the unaware eyes of the son of the man in charge of the camp. Bruno's naivete brings the humanity into the story, and makes it unique. Just a wonderful, scary, suspenseful and at the same time heartrending—story, leading up to a beautifully written climax.
I did not like this book as much as I thought I would. Maybe because this story is told from an oblivious nine-years old boy. In terms of sympathies, abhorrence, and overall disturbing history of WWII, the author actually got the atmosphere down pat.

For the most part, Bruno's voice didn't quite match his age. I have a nephew the same age: trust me, he is inquisitive. No matter the time, and how well parents shelter kids from the storm, they still know what's going on. Shmuel and Bruno being on opposite sides of the fence shouldn't have made Bruno unawares.

Still, I always find some silver lining in reading historical fiction, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is not a book that I regret reading. I just wish Boyne had done a better job with Bruno's voice.
My son and I read this for his ELA class and we both LOVED it!! Although written for students, it has a storyline that touches all who read it both young and old!! It's got a beautiful storyline of friendship and tolerance...and an ending that will leave you speechless!!! An excellent read!!
The Writing:

This story is written from the perspective of a nine year old boy and Boyne did that really well. The voice was very innocent and convincing. The way he explained the surroundings and happenings throughout the book was very well written and made it easy to mentally paint a picture of it all.

The Characters:

I really enjoyed Bruno as a character and the innocence of his voice. The way he sees what’s going on around him without understanding that there’s actually a war going on.
I also really enjoyed seeing the other family members through Bruno’s eyes, and especially his frustration with the older sister.
There are some other characters that really show the faces of both side of the war, but I wont say anything more about them, so that I don’t spoil the plot.

The Plot:

I flew through this book, not because the pace was so fast but because the story was very captivating and interesting.
Even thought there were no very surprising plot twists it did had a nice build up, was very emotional and had a satisfiable ending.

Additional Thoughts:

I’m a sucker for historical fiction (and non-fiction), and especially the ones that revolve around World War II. I remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank as a little girl and it was one of those stories that grabbed such a strong hold on me that I’m still under its grip. It sparked my interest for reading and for knowing more about the war.
I think this book could definitely inspire other young readers to do the same.
A profound and heartbreaking view on the Second World War from innocent and naive eyes.
My friend who teaches High School English recommended this book to me several years ago. She was going to have her 10-12 graders read it. While homeschooling my boys this year WWII was in our lesson plans so I gave it as an option for my boys.
My 11 year old (VERY reluctant reader) and I read this separately at the same time. I knew there would be situations that would require explanation. He says "everyone should read this book because it's a good but sad story. The boys were good friends in a bad environment. If they can be good friends then anyone can." The last few chapters we read aloud together because he didn't quite understand what was happening. This was fine because it allowed me to explain and have a more in depth discussion about the world during that time period.
If you are looking for a book that has a happier ending, look at Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. We read that first. My 11 year old wanted to know more, my 10 year old son(natural reader) stopped there. It depends what your child can handle at this age.