The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (movie Tie-in Edition)

by John Boyne

Random House Children's Books | October 28, 2008 | Trade Paperback

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (movie Tie-in Edition) is rated 3 out of 5 by 6.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.96 × 5.25 × 0.52 in

Published: October 28, 2008

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385751893

ISBN - 13: 9780385751896

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from a different story an interesting and different story set in Nazi vs jews.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it! This novel is absolutely NOT for ages 10-12 as it is categorized. Though written through the perspective of a nine-year-old, this novel is for adults to have a glimpse of the Holocaust through young, innocent eyes. Bruno's lack of understanding of the world around him make this novel haunting and heart-wrenching. You will not only see the narrative unfold, you will be part of it. You will become a nine year old boy, who comes to a very important fence. A Must read.
Date published: 2009-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well Written I thought this book was well written, although I think that the author should have centered the story more on the boys and their relationship/conversations from the fence and not so much on the move to Out-With. Overall not a bad book, with a sad ending.
Date published: 2009-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from shopgirl I didn't read the book, but I was told that I should - but after Ashley's review, I don't need to - she told us the ending. Please ask the reviewers not to go into so much detail - you want them to review the book, not tell the story.
Date published: 2009-04-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I really didn't enjoy this book at all. I found it quite boring. I think more of the book should have been between the boys at the fence and not so much on Bruno's move to Out-With.
Date published: 2009-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good (spoilers) This is a very well written and thought provoking novel. Bruno's family move to a place they call "Out-with" which is really a concentration camp but Bruno, being only nine, doesn't know this. There is a fence a great deal away from his new home and one day he walks to the fence and is surprised to see a boy there. Over the course of the year the boys become great friends, and on the final day Bruno is to be at "Out-with" he crawls under the fence to be with his friend. They are going to look for the boys grandfather, who has been missing for quite some time now. Only the boys end up in a march. A march that leads to their deaths. Its a very tragic novel and very unsettling to think about all the innocent people that were killed. I highly recommend this novel to others who are interested in history.
Date published: 2009-02-06

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The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (movie Tie-in Edition)

by John Boyne

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.96 × 5.25 × 0.52 in

Published: October 28, 2008

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385751893

ISBN - 13: 9780385751896

About the Book

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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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.

About the Author

Acclaimed Irish novelist John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland on April 30, 1971. He studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He has written dozens of short stories and many novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. An award-winning film adaptation of this work was released in 2008.

Bookclub Guide

1. Discuss the relationship between Bruno and Gretel. Why does Bruno seem younger than nine? In a traditional fable, characters are usually one-sided. How might Bruno and Gretel be considered one-dimensional?

2. At age 12, Gretel is the proper age for membership in the League of Young Girls, a branch of Hitler’s Youth Organization. Why do you think she is not a member, especially since her father is a high-ranking officer in Hitler''s army?

3. What is it about the house at Out-With that makes Bruno feel “cold and unsafe”? How is this feeling perpetuated as he encounters people like Pavel, Maria, Lt. Kotler, and Shmuel?

4. Describe his reaction when he first sees the people in the striped pajamas. What does Gretel mean when she says, “Something about the way [Bruno] was watching made her feel suddenly nervous”? (p. 28) How does this statement foreshadow Bruno’s ultimate demise?

5. Bruno asks his father about the people outside their house at Auschwitz. His father answers, “They’re not people at all Bruno.” (p. 53) Discuss the horror of this attitude. How does his father’s statement make Bruno more curious about Out-With?

6. Explain what Bruno’s mother means when she says, “We don’t have the luxury of thinking.” (p. 13) Identify scenes from the novel that Bruno’s mother isn’t happy about their life at Out-With. Debate whether she is unhappy being away from Berlin, or whether she is angry about her husband’s position. How does Bruno’s grandmother react to her son’s military role?

7. When Bruno and his family board the train for Auschwitz, he notices an over-crowded train headed in the same direction. How does he later make the connection between Shmuel and that train? How are both trains symbolic of each boy’s final journey?

8. Bruno issues a protest about leaving Berlin. His father responds, “Do you think that I would have made such a success of my life if I hadn’t learned when to argue and when to keep my mouth shut and follow orders?” (p. 49) What question might Bruno’s father ask at the end of the novel?

9. A pun is most often seen as humorous. But, in this novel the narrator uses dark or solemn puns like Out-With and Fury to convey certain meanings. Bruno is simply mispronouncing the real words, but the author is clearly asking the reader to consider a double meaning to these words. Discuss the use of this wordplay as a literary device. What is the narrator trying to convey to the reader? How do these words further communicate the horror of the situation?

10. When Bruno dresses in the filthy striped pajamas, he remembers something his grandmother once said. “You wear the right outfit and you feel like the person you’re pretending to be.” (p, 205) How is this true for Bruno? What about his father? What does this statement contribute to the overall meaning of the story?

11. Discuss the moral or message of the novel. What new insights and understandings does John Boyne want the reader to gain from reading this story?

12. Discuss the differences in a fable, an allegory, and a proverb. How might this story fit into each genre?

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17