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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne
Author: John Boyne
I recently read a book called 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' which I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
Avani Dwivedi (12)
This book is about a 9-year-old boy called Bruno. Bruno is forced to leave his extravagant mansion, his 3 best friends for life and his loving grandparents for a comparatively smaller house called Out-with. When he arrives he is intrigued when he sees strange people in striped pyjamas behind a tall fence. Whilst exploring he meets a boy living in awful conditions on the other side of the fence, who he soon grows a close bond with. However their friendship has the potential of devastating consequences. This story is initially about the Nazi concentration camps and the horrific tragedies experienced by Jews viewed through the eyes of an innocent 9-year-old, set in the Second World War.
This book is well-written in a descriptive and realistic way and the author uses techniques like cliff hangers to keep the reader engaged. Although this book is not too fast paced and complicated you will have to stay awake in history class to understand! The author uses a shocking contrast of the naivety of Bruno and the horrors which surrounds him at the time
I loved reading this book for many reasons. I liked the fact that the author makes the main character relatable even if you are not 9 years old! For example he feels lonely, his sister bugs him, he has to leave a place which he loved and adults treat him like he is not there. However I must warn you that this book is not light-hearted but covers a very serious topic in a moving way, and if you are not a fan of sad endings I would not recommend this book to you. Overall I think this book covers a very serious topic like the Holocaust in a very emotional and moving manner and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this kind of genre.