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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Paperback – October 23, 2007


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ember (October 23, 2007)
  • ASIN: B007SKDXCC
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Boyne's novel, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" is outstanding. It is beautifully written with a most powerful storyline. Nine year-old Bruno is an innocent, carefree boy growing up in Berlin during WWII. He has three "Best Friends For Life," and wants to be an explorer when he grows up. Bruno lives in a beautiful mansion, complete with gardens and servants, along with his older sister Gretel, their lovely mother, and their father, a high ranking SS officer. The boy comes home one day after school, in 1943, and finds Maria, the family maid, packing his belongings into wooden crates, including things he had hidden and were "nobody's business." He learns that his family is moving away from Berlin and he must go with them, leaving behind his school, best friends and beloved grandparents.

Following a formal dinner that the "Fury" attends, Bruno's parents explain the reason for the move. His father has received a huge promotion to "Commandant." They are going to live in a place called "Out-With," (Auschwitz), in Poland and will remain there for the "foreseeable future."

The house is a cold and somber place, located in a desolate countryside. Bruno hates his new home and misses his friends. He feels terribly isolated and bored. There are no boys to make friends with here and he wants to return to Berlin. From one side window in the house, he can see a high-wired compound inhabited by sad-looking people in striped pajamas. He wonders what these people do all day and why, in fact, they wear pajamas in the daytime. He wants to go and play with the boys he sees there. When he asks his father who "those people" are, his Commandant Dad responds that "they aren't really people.
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By Sharon Sudol on September 8, 2014
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Excellent read. Very touching with a shocking twist.
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By J. Bafield on November 3, 2014
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Gift to someone but she loved it
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By Blanca Gallegos on September 22, 2014
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Great book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Lightbody on April 8, 2014
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this book is about the German perspective of the atrocities committed in the Jewish camps as told by an elementary aged boy. It is well written and really tugs at the heart. It is a must for 6th graders.
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