The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain by John BoyneThe Boy At The Top Of The Mountain by John Boyne

The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain

byJohn Boyne

Hardcover | June 7, 2016

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The powerful, unforgettable new novel from the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, for ages 12+.


When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler.
     Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler's wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.
JOHN BOYEN was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of nine novels for adults and four for younger readers, including the international bestsellers The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which has sold more than six million copies worldwide, The Absolutist and, most recently, Stay Where You Are and Then Leave. His novels are published in...
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Title:The Boy At The Top Of The MountainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 0.9 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385687664

ISBN - 13:9780385687669

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Glimpse into how young, impressionable children were influenced into following Hitler, while being in the dark about what was happening during WWII. Leads to good discussion and reflection about learning from mistakes and the power of healing & forgiveness.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne Another short, but powerful read by John Boyne with a befitting end....and (for me) like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas....not just for young adults. I would not bother review this kind of book if I did not think that the level of naiveté and stupidity has reached dangerous levels, and that parents are carelessly assuming that whatever is labelled children's literature is harmless. In my opinion, however, making Hitler harmless is dangerous!
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story I read this book without stopping which made the metamorphosis of Pierrot to Pieter even more disturbing. I've read many of Boyne's books. The The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, this one will stick with me.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I read the boy in the striped pyjamas about 5 years ago and loved it. Saw this on the shelf a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try. It was amazing, I read it in one sitting and highly recommend! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Boyne does not disappoint! Having read several of his other books, this did not disappoint. I would say though that there were parts I wondered if I should edit for my children (12 & 14) because they were more graphic than what we have previously read from Boyne. I will say it opened up a discussion about how societies stand by while atrocities are committed against others and how the psyche of the young (and old) change and morph depending on their immediate influences. It is interesting to begin a book so in touch with the protagonist and gradually learn to dislike him so much. There were times we felt disgusted actually. However, more stories that tell the truth about human nature are necessary to cause us to reflect on ourselves and do better as human beings.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book If you liked The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, you'll love this too.
Date published: 2016-12-10

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR The Boy at the Top of the Mountain:"This is a compelling and unusual story and worthy of being shared in middle years and high school classrooms." --Sal's Fiction AddictionPRAISE FOR Stay Where You Are and Then Leave:"This is an excellent and approachable introduction to the traumas of war. . . . not simply a book about the horrors of shellshock but also a comprehensive depiction of many different aspects of life during World War I." --School Library Journal"Boyne has an eye for period details, an ear for dialogue, and a knack for creating individual, consistent characters." --BooklistPRAISE FOR The Boy in the Striped Pajamas:"In the final pages, the tension rises precipitously and the harrowing ending, in which Bruno does finally act, is sure to take readers' breath away." --Publishers Weekly"Deeply affecting . . . beautiful and sparsely written." --The Wall Street Journal