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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

by John Boyne

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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A 2014 World Book Night selection.

Initially it is difficult to believe that the young son of the commandant of Auschwitz is as innocent as he is, then you begin to accept his ignorance and follow a developing friendship through to its dreadful conclusion.  That this is written for children is easy to forget.  I urge you to read Morris Gleitzman’s Once, too, for the Jewish perspective.

 

A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher...

‘This is a short book but it packs a huge emotional punch. It leaves you feeling emotionally drained and desperate to talk to someone else who has read it to share your experience. I read the book with a mounting chill, almost knowing what would happen but hoping against hope that it wouldn’t. This is one of the few books that genuinely appeals to both adults and children and can, and indeed should, be read by all ages.' Judith Welsh, Managing Editor at Transworld

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Synopsis

A 2014 World Book Night selection.

Some thing's are just sitting there, minding their own business and waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone'. Nine-year-old Bruno has a lot of things on his mind. Who is the 'Fury'? Why did he make them leave their nice home in Berlin to go to 'Out-With' ? And who are all the sad people in striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence? The grown-ups won't explain so Bruno decides there is only one thing for it - he will have to explore this place alone. What he discovers is a new friend. A boy with the very same birthday. A boy in striped pyjamas. But why can't they ever play together?

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Press Reviews

Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone'. Nine-year-old Bruno has a lot of things on his mind. Who is the 'Fury'? Why did he make them leave their nice home in Berlin to go to 'Out-With' ? And who are all the sad people in striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence? The grown-ups won't explain so Bruno decides there is only one thing for it - he will have to explore this place alone. What he discovers is a new friend. A boy with the very same birthday. A boy in striped pyjamas. But why can't they ever play together? BACKSTORY: Read an interview with the author JOHN BOYNE and learn all about the Second World War in Germany.


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ISBN: 9780099572862
Publication date: 02/08/2012
Publisher: Vintage Children's Classics an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780099572862
Publication date: 2nd August 2012
Author: John Boyne
Publisher: Vintage Children's Classics an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About John Boyne

John Boyne was our Guest Editor in May 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.   John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. His early writing consisted mostly of short stories and he published a number of them. His first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. In total, he has published about 70 short stories. He has published seven novels: THE THIEF ...

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