The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Front Cover
Penguin Random House Children's UK, Feb 23, 2010 - Young Adult Fiction - 256 pages

Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us.

Nine year old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.

He’s oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country.

All he knows is that he has moved from Berlin to a desolate area where he has no one to play with.

Until he meets Shmuel.

Shmuel lives in a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence, where everyone wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Despite the wire fence separating them, the two boys become best friends.

As they grow closer, Bruno starts to learn the terrible truth that lies beyond the fence, and what life is like for his friend.

John Boyne’s classic novel explores the friendship and loss of innocence of Bruno and Shmuel, during one of the worst points in history.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
47
4 stars
6
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
2

TIme TO READ!!

User Review  - Anonymous - Borders

The boy in the striped pajamas by John Boyne is a very great book. the time of the book taked place during the Holocaust. Bruno is a nine year old boy who's father has gotten transferd to a ... Read full review

Amazing

User Review  - SwimmingPenguin - Borders

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a powerful story from the point of view of a nine-year old boy. The story is a little slow in the beginning, but once readers reach the middle the book becomes ... Read full review

All 14 reviews »

Other editions - View all

About the author (2010)

John Boyne is the author of thirteen novels for adults, six for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet and opera. His many international bestsellers include The Heart's Invisible Furies and A Ladder to the Sky. He has won three Irish Book Awards, along with a host of other international literary prizes. His novels are published in over fifty languages.