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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Two young boys encounter the best and worst of humanity during the Holocaust in this powerful read that USA Today called as memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank."

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 to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people 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 from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Author: John Boyne
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Published: 09/12/2006
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.60w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780385751063
Age Range: 12-17

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.8
Point Value: 7
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 109203 / Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Award: Iowa Teen Award - Nominee
Award: Colorado Blue Spruce Award - Second Place
Award: Young Reader's Choice Award - Winner

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/17/2006 pg. 158
Booklist 07/01/2006 pg. 48
Kirkus Review - Children 08/15/2006 pg. 836
School Library Journal 09/01/2006 pg. 202
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2006 pg. 575
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2006 pg. 60
Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2006 pg. 420 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2007 pg. 64 - Marginal, Seriously Flawed
Shelf Awareness 01/01/0001

About the Author
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971 and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of East Anglia, Norwich. His novels have been published in over forty languages, and his books for young readers include Noah Barleywater Runs Away and The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas won two Irish Book Awards, topped the New York Times bestseller list, and was adapted into a Miramax feature film. He lives in Dublin. To learn more, visit

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