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'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?

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

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
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4.5 / 5
October 25th, 2015
I absolutely adored this book! It tells very well the story of a rich family living near Auschwitz and the young boy's friendship with a jew inside the camp. Although this story is a fable, it lets you know what kinds of things happened with the family of commandants and soldiers doing work for Hitler. This book is a must read for you history lovers out there!:)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
September 30th, 2015
This book was so amazing. I loved it. I think that the author, John Boyne, did an absolutely spectacular job writing about the Holocaust, a very intriguing subject. The end of the the book did have some unfortunate situations, but I loved it nonetheles.
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Everyone should read this.
September 11th, 2015
I read this book a while ago and found it a book that you just could not put down. excellent story, and more so for me as I have been to Poland and saw the camps for myself. After I had read it, my grandson asked to read it, and now his sister has also read it,they were both about 11 years old, at the time, well worth parents getting this book for their children especially with how the world is at the moment. It is still happening through out the world, when we all were sure that it could not happen again. This is a book which should be read in all schools.
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Innocent and developed
August 28th, 2015
After seeing the film, I wasn't sure the book would hold up. However, as it usually does, the book surpassed its adaptation to screen. Characters are deeply developed and surprisingly relatable. The innocence of the main character is heart warming and the story will have your heart in your throat by the end.
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Really Good!!!
August 26th, 2015
Very good cleverly written. (makes you very curious.) I just loved the story and all the characters but a very sad ending (I almost cried!)but nevertheless a great book and a must read for all!!
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Boy in S-P
April 20th, 2015
Itwas a good read i watched the movie but i didnt reqlly under stand the end and were did pavel go?
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Boy in the striped pajamas
September 8th, 2014
This book is amazing
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The boy in the striped pyjamas
February 15th, 2014
Brilliant and evocative, it's unbelievable that these atrocities happened in plain view of others. Such a beautifully written book.
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The Boy in the striped pyjamas
February 8th, 2014
Fantastic. The innoncence of a child who is able to see someone as a person to relate to, not somebody with a label and therefore does not judge. Hopefully we can all learn to treat each other with kindness and care.
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February 5th, 2014
An amazing portrayal of the naivety of a young boy living in the shadow of the Third Reich. John Boyne shows us the horrors of a concentration camp in a very simple, yet effective, manner. Sad but beautifully done.
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