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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne

Author: John Boyne
RRP: £7.99

This book tells us a powerful story of, as John Boyne puts it, "innocence in a world of ignorance". The story tells of a young boy named Bruno who is forced to move away from his big house, lovely neighbourhood and "3 best friends for life" due to a promotion given to his father.

On arrival the place, "outwith" appears desolate but Bruno discovers a fence filled with strange people in striped pyjamas. When John Boyne first introduces us to Bruno's mind we see a curious boy and his reluctance to move but as the story develops and Shmuel is introduced we uncover Bruno's unseen qualities: kindness, concern, consideration, he is also quite judgemental but with each new feature that is discovered we find a new encounter and the slow understanding of circumstances.

The story as it is told takes you on Bruno's journey accompanying him and watching his magnificent feats. It is surely "a story of innocence in a world of ignorance"

Humairaa (13)