The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (movie Tie-in Edition) by John BoyneThe Boy In The Striped Pajamas (movie Tie-in Edition) by John Boyne

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

byJohn Boyne

Paperback | October 28, 2008

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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.
John Boyne is an Irish novelist, born in 1971. His first short story was published in 1993 in the Sunday Tribune and was shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award. He is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Knock Down Ginger, Noah Barleywater Runs Away, and The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket. His books have be...
Title:The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (movie Tie-in Edition)Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.52 inPublished:October 28, 2008Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385751893

ISBN - 13:9780385751896

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Filled with emotion This was truly and amazing read. I read it when I was 13 and once again at 20 and it still gets me. It hits you right in the feels and makes you not want to put the book down until you are finished.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read! What I love so much about this book is how real and raw the story is. It doesn't spare your emotions as it truly shows the tragedy that was World War II. Yet, the story of Bruno & Shmuel is beautiful, and shows a heartwarming side of humanity that we have in us, as shown in the eyes of an innocent child. I recommend this to everyone, as it is truly eye-opening.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very emotional read I felt so heartbroken for the pair's friendship that was intolerable due to their country's situation. The ending was beautiful but sad.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad A heartbreaking story that sends a powerful message. Sad ending, it teaches children that reality is much more harsh than we expected.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional At first I thought it would be a lighter read, but it's definitely an extremely emotional and sad story. It's one of my favourite WW2 novels.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding read This for was outstanding. I experienced every emotion possible why reading this book. I think everyone should read it. Highly engaging
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful The friendship between Bruno and Shmuel is powerful in its significance and innocence! A must read for all and anyone who may innocently or purposely view one only within the realm of a label! I would recommend this novel as required reading for all regardless of age. It is tragic in both its' realism and innocence. Two boys who regard each other through the recognition of how we are all the same.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read. I was expecting it to be very vivid but the details and writing are actually quite vague, leaving the visualization to you to figure out. A reminder of the tragic event that claimed millions of lives and changed our world forever. The end left me heartbroken.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Really great book but prepare to have your heart broken
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for teen readers I thought this book was an incredible eye opener when i first read it in my junior year of high school. Really makes you think about both sides of a dark situation
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from keeps you tragically intrigued until the end. The book broke my heart at a young age, I thought it would it was going to be simply a historical fiction but it gave me much more than that. I would definitely recommend the book to all young ages, it is so much more a book about friendship than it is about war.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and heartbreaking This is one of my favourite books. Although it is heartbreaking it is also an amazing story of the innocence of children. Boyne writes from the perspective of a child perfectly, portraying how innocently children see the world and do not understand everything around them. It will definitely bring a tear to your eye.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful but Heartbreaking An amazing story that will rip your heart out. It deals with an important topic and just needs to be read. I wouldn't recommend it to children just because it's so heartbreaking.
Date published: 2017-03-22
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

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?