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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
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Oct 06, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult

Grades: 9 to 12 Genre: Historical Fiction
While Bruno has enjoyed growing up in Berlin, his father has been transfer to “out-with” and they all must move. His new home is out in the country, but there is a strange giant fence in his backyard where there are lots of people in strange striped pajamas. One day when walking along the fence, Bruno meets Shumel who sits on the other side of the fence. The two boys share the same birthday and a friendship is formed. Each day Bruno sneaks off to talk to Shumel, but he can’t understand why they have to stay on opposite sides of the fence. After Shumel’s father has gone missing, Bruno learns that his family is moving back to Berlin. As a last adventure together, Shumel steals a pair of striped pajamas for Bruno to wear and Bruno crawls under the fence to help Shumel search for his father. This touching story of the holocaust and the strength of friendship is a great counter point to such classics as A Story of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Readers will not be surprised at the ending, as it is almost expected. A great example how age in more of a divider than race.
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Ruth Mcdermott Hi there

I noticed you have some strong views about The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which makes you an ideal person for me to ask if you would you like to put a question to John Boyne himself about his book? BBC World Book Club is interviewing him on Tuesday 23rd February and would love to hear from you. If you could email me at ruth.mcdermott@bbc.co.uk as soon as you can with your question about the book (anything - doesn't have to be particularly clever!), we can either arrange for you to talk to the man himself, or have our presenter put your question to John for you. Then you get to hear your question on World Service Radio! Please get in touch soonest, including where you are in the world and contact details.

Thanks, and all the best.

Ruth McDermott, BBC World Book Club

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