The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Bruno and his sister, mother and father must move away to a concentration camp for his father's work - the 'Fury' has many things planned for Bruno's father. Buno hates living at 'Out-With', because there are no places to explore, and that is Bruno's most favourite thing to do. And the new house only has three storeys instead of five!

One day, Bruno sets out to explore and find out why there is a fence separating him from all the people wearing the striped pyjamas - he wants to play with the boys over there! He walks and walks, and in the distance sees a speck which eventually becomes a boy. This boy is named Shmuel, and he is wearing the striped pyjamas, too! They soon become great friends and every day Bruno meets Shmuel at the fence. Sometimes he brings food, because Shmuel is very skinny and is always ravenously hungry. Then Bruno decides he might like to come and meet all the other people, so Shmuel brings him some striped pyjamas and he climbs under the fence...

I liked that this story was told in the perspective of a young child (Bruno). It gives a simplified air to the novel and shows how children interpret the goings-on of war and the other terrible things that happened during the Holocaust. I would recommend this book to eleven-year-olds to thirteen-year-olds. In the novel's synopsis, clearly states that 'this book is not for nine-year-olds', and I would agree; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has an ending not fit for anyone younger than eleven.

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