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When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler.

Quickly, Pierrot is taken under
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Paperback, 214 pages
Published June 2nd 2016 by Corgi Childrens (first published September 24th 2015)
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Jschroder I use this book with my 7th graders for a Historical Fiction unit. I don't just give it to them and let them read it, however. We have a lot of instru…moreI use this book with my 7th graders for a Historical Fiction unit. I don't just give it to them and let them read it, however. We have a lot of instruction that includes time period, WWI,WWII, propaganda, etc. They absolutely love this book and beg to keep reading when I stop them at the end of each section.(less)
Ruyman_S In my opinion, we cannot compare both books, because they are written from different points of view. Both are cruel, but the former book is more scare…moreIn my opinion, we cannot compare both books, because they are written from different points of view. Both are cruel, but the former book is more scareful than the second. I saw the consequences of the power of Hitler.(less)
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Lisa
This is an unfortunate book, and I regret buying it for my son as a complement to a class novel he recently read in school, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Spending some time reading it myself now, after seeing the strange perception of history my son developed reading the above-mentioned Holocaust "fable" in school, I have decided I won't let him read this until he is old enough to discern the blatant mistakes, idiotic language, voyeuristic sensationalism, namedropping and Disneyfication of a ti
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Carol
Oh boy......THE BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN......really surprised me.

1936 - Pierrot is such a good kid....at age seven, he doesn't even know the meaning of the word prejudice or hatred with a French mom, German pop and Jewish best buddy, but life as he knows it is soon turned upside down when he is orphaned and finds himself traveling alone by train from Paris to Austria to live with an aunt he has never met.

Meeting up with bullies....both young and old along the way....a naive Pierrot finds

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Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Some things we do as a child we are proud of. Some things we do as a child we are ashamed of. Can we learn as we grow to cover the shame and only remember the good, or are we destined to bring that shame along with us until the end of our days?

Pierrot is a young boy whose mother is French and his dad is German. Torn between the two cultures still in the throes of the recovery after The Great War, Pierrot finds himself with a father who drinks to excess filled with anger over Germany's loss in WW
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NILTON TEIXEIRA
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I picked this book was because it was written by John Boyne, who stole my heart this year with 3 terrific books.
I had no idea what this book was about. I went blind. I did not read the synopsis or reviews.
And I was amazed!
The writing is terrific!
This man knows how to write a drama.
The storyline is great.
At the second part of the book is when I discovered that the main character (an orphan and a lovable 7 years old boy), is sent to live with his aunt, who just happens to work f
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Dem
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, ww2


John Boyne author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas returns with another children's novel set during The Second World War. The story is about a boy called Pierrot an orphan who must leave his home in Paris and travel to Germany to live with his Aunt Beatrix who is a servant in a house calll the Berghof at the top of a mountain.

John Boyne is a wonderful adult and Children's writter. In this Novel he tells the story the of the corruption of Innonence and the horrors of war that children can get ca
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Rita Araújo
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Just don't ever tell yourself that you didn't know.... That would be the worst crime of all.” ...more
Hans
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very moving story about a boy who meets Hitler in person. And is influenced by Hitler's thoughts and actions. Incredibly well told! ...more
Gary
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another beautifully written historical fiction novel by author John Boyne. This is a very entertaining read from the author of ‘The Boy in the striped pyjamas’ and once again focuses on the war.

A young boy named Pierrot living in France is orphaned following the death of his mother and father. His father was a German soldier who is killed by a train and his mother dies of consumption. In the beginning Pierrot struggles to find a new home but is eventually taken in by his aunt, a housekeeper in A
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Cody
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You know why people wear uniforms, don't you, Pierrot?' continued the chauffeur. The boy shook his head. "Because a person who wears one believes he can do anything he likes. He can treat others in a way he never would while wearing normal clothes. Collars, trench coats, or jackboots, uniforms allow us to exercise our cruelty without ever feeling guilt." (93)

"Do you think they are good Germans?" he asked her then. "No, that's not a sensible question. I suppose that would depend on how you defin
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Paul
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short novel but intriguing and disturbing in equal measures.
Forget the links to Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as this is quite a different book all together , while it is set in WW2 and has the Fuhrer , the main character is very different and the book has a bit more meat to it than the simpler fable of The Boy in the striped Pyjamas. This is definitely a good thing. The predecessor is a brilliant book but trying to replicate it wouldn't have worked nearly as well.
The main character here is Pierr
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Natalie M
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Boyne is the master of YA World War II novels. His ability to capture the atrocities of the era, without any of the horrendous detail but retaining the devastating impacts of the time-period, are just masterful.

Young orphan Pierrot leaves Paris to live with his servant aunt Beatrix, who works for a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains, in 1935. Pierrot quickly becomes Pieter for his on safety and without too much sentimentality we see life through the eyes of a child for the
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❄️BooksofRadiance❄️
Chilling.

I’ve yet to read a John Boyne novel and be disappointed.
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Cognitive dissonance, my old friend.



I really hated this book but at the same time I literally could not put it down. From the very beginning I had a gut feeling it was going to make me sad. But it also made me angry. Experiencing those conflicting emotions simultaneously made me uncomfortable and I think that is, simply put, what makes Boyne's writing so compelling.

He writes about the human condition with such audacity and incisiveness, yet its also clever and engrossing. In this case we have Pi
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
4.5/5 stars

John Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a book that showed the horror of concentration camps through the eyes of a child. In this new novel, Boyne has written a story in a similar vein (this time with more grit/violence) that shows the innocence and naiveté of childhood and how easily it can be corrupted.

This is a short novel (220-ish pages) but it's packed with a lot of food for thought as it tackles some serious issues. While this book is written for a youth audi
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Henny
I finally picked up my first book by John Boyne and now I understand what everyone's talking about.
I was always interested in history and WWII fascinated me in a horrible kind of way because I could never understand how almost a whole country, my country, could follow and believe a maniac and psychopath.
This is a story about WWII but more about the people and how they changed, what they did. And John Boyne has a extraordinary talent to capture people and their development in certain situations
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Eileen
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d had my sights on this one for a while, as A History of Loneliness by John Boyne ranks high among my favorites. The Boy on the Mountain is a young adult book, and, though a bit simplistic, it paints an unsettling picture. The story centers on a young orphan who is sent to live with his aunt, a servant in Hitler’s household. Thus begins a subtle erosion of personal values as well as an ebbing of integrity wrought by the protagonist Perriot’s association with Hitler and his insane, distorted wo ...more
Daniel Carpio
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed John Boyne’s other novel ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ so I decided to pick this up to see if he could surprise me with another great WW2 story again.

Set in Paris, year 1936, this story follows Pierrot, a 6 year old child of a French mother and a German father. After they both die, he is sent to live with his aunt in Germany, who is a housekeeper for Hitler at his mountain top ‘retreat’ home.

The evolution of Pierrot throughout this novel is both scary and amusing to read abo
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Bridget
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book waiting in the tbr pile for ages. I should have read it much sooner. I really enjoyed this take on a war story. Poor Pierrot, so nieve, such a tragic start in life, his father run over by a train and then his beloved mother dies of consumption. His only friend is the little boy downstairs but his family cannot afford to take Pierrot in and so he is sent off to an orphanage. It is all pretty awful for him. Then, via a traumatic train journey, he ends up in Hitler's Berghaus o ...more
James Field
This is another World War 2 story, with an intriguing twist. It's told from the point of view of a French/German boy child. His circumstances brought him to live with his aunt in Austria, just before the outbreak of war. She was head housekeeper at Hitler's Berghof mountain residence.
Technically, the book is easy and smooth to read, but the end fizzles out and it left me wanting more. It's a sad, depressing tale, where 'the boy' isn't likeable at all.
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Carmen
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the eve of IIWW and after his father, a drunken German soldier, is killed by a train, his French mother dies of consumption, orphaned Pierrot passes from place to place like a parcel, until he is eventually taken in by his aunt, a housekeeper in Austria.Seven-year-old Pierrot finds himself in a large mountain retreat where the staff are terrified of the approach of “the master”. Adult readers will soon realise that the house is Hitler’s Berghof. There Pierrot must forget his French self,the b ...more
Marie the Librarian
Actual rating: 4,5 stars. It was good. Horrifying to see the transformation Pierrot went through and how easily influenced kids are. But very important. I really liked the epilogue.
Deb  Darling
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always love John's writing, and this is no exception. This YA novel shows how easily our insecurities allow us to align with bullies, who in fact don't share our beliefs at all. The do, however, provide us cover from things that scare us. Another point of interest to me was that our protagonist, an impressionable young man, self conscious of his size and age, believed a uniform could make him strong. Interesting. ...more
elisabeth
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
{ actual rating: 4.5 stars }
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain was a disturbing yet beautiful read that explored the loss of childhood and innocence so well it gave me shivers!

John Boyne, the author, has a way with words that allows him to describe events by the point of view of his characters so well, and his books are worth reading just because of this. For example, instead of saying the seven year old main character, Pierrot, observed a swastika on the bands of boys in uniform, he'll say th
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OliviaK_C2
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Boy at the Top of the Mountain" is an incredible and emotional story about a 8 year old boy spending 8 years of his life in Adolf Hitlers mansion. Pierrot, the protagonist, becomes an orphan when his dad dies from being run over by a train, and his mom dies from a severe disease. He has no where to go until one day, his aunt, a maid at the mansion, tells him to come live with her. Throughout his stay there, he changes from an innocent, cheerful boy to a harmful and serious teenager who has ...more
mayy
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading " The boy in the stripped pyjama ", I was looking forward to reading this book by the same author in school. I really did enjoy this story, mainly because WW 2 interests me a lot (living and having grown up in Germany), and I thought that it was a great example of how a child like Pierrot would have felt having someone as important as Hitler at the time take interest in him and make him feel important. It gives you a perspective of the Hitler-Jugend and makes you understand it bett ...more
cameron
Nov 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The worst example of pure crap I have ever read. Pretending to be historical. Pretending to teach something about the worst dictator ever to be born. Pretending a Jew who lost everything to Hitler could kindly take a german who had abandoned Ed him, into his home to tell his story. As if he were any different from the millions of Germans who adored and paid homage to their leader. Oh right, when it was o we they were sorry? Dialogue that reads like dropped blocks. Ridiculous plot twists. Prepost ...more
Natali
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a clever story with a strong attempt at turning a good protagonist into a not-good person. I'm not sure it was completely successful but I still took the emotional journey with the lead character and I enjoyed it. The writing is very good, at times witty. Some of it was a little cheeky, such as the appearance of a childhood book at punctuating moments. Still, I liked the book very much and I appreciate the ambition of it. ...more
Terri
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sent-for-review
This book was amazing. I highly recommend it if you're interested in WWII or if you liked The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (even though this book is nothing like that apart from the WWII links). Click here for my full review on my blog. ...more
Ângela
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii

“Just don't ever tell yourself that you didn't know.... That would be the worst crime of all.”

Great book...

This story helps to understand a little, the reason why so many people followed Hitler so blindly ...
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I was born in Dublin, Ireland, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. In 2015, I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.

I’ve published 12 novels for adults, a short story collection and 6 novels for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and
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