The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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Random House, Aug 2, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages

Discover an extraordinary tale of innocence, friendship and the horrors of war.

'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?

‘A small wonder of a book’ Guardian

BACKSTORY: Read an interview with the author JOHN BOYNE and learn all about the Second World War in Germany.


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User Review  - LoriFox - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

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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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.

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