The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable

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David Fickling Books, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 215 pages
Berlin 1942
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
 

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Fast, quick read written from the perspective of a 9-year-old boy. It’s heartbreaking in its sparsity just as much from what is not said as what is. Grab a tissue. Read full review

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What an incredible book from a different perspective! The 9-year-old narrator's father serves as Commandant of Auschwitz. The story begins when the family leaves its nice Berlin home to go live in a ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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About the author (2008)

John Boyne is an Irish novelist, born in 1971. His first short story was published in 1993 in the Sunday Tribune and was shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award. He is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Knock Down Ginger, Noah Barleywater Runs Away, and The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket. His books have been translated into over 50 languages. He lives in Dublin.