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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Posted by Laura Losch on November 16, 2008

Book review time! I haven’t done one in a while, but I just finished reading this wonderful book and wanted to share! This book is about the Holocaust, which I believe we all know something about. Maybe you’ve read Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank or maybe you did a research project on Hitler, whatever it was you probably know the basics of the tragic events of the Holocaust. This book is unlike any other! This book is from the viewpoint of 9-year-old Bruno, who is forced to move with his family to a new home away from Berlin. He loves Berlin and can’t understand why his father would accept a job in some place called Out-With when they could live happily in Berlin. Well what Bruno doesn’t know is what his father does for a living and he can’t understand why there’s a barb wired fence next to their new home keeping in thousands of sad looking people wearing striped pajamas. Having no friends in this new Out-With, Bruno meets Shmuel who lives on the other side of the fence. I won’t go on because you’ll never believe the ending and I don’t want to give anything away. But you can guess a story about a German boy and a Jewish boy having a friendship during the turbulent Holocaust makes for a great story. It’s also neat to get Bruno’s viewpoint of the whole scene around him. I read this book because Mrs. Stubbs has read and recommends it and I gave it to Cory Holbrook to read – who also loved it. You need to stop by and check it out!

Happy reading!

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