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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne

Author: John Boyne
RRP: £7.99

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a touching book that is set during the second world war.

It tells the story of nine year old boy named Bruno who moves from his wonderful house in Berlin to a small, desolate house in the country side, due to his fathers job. Bruno's father is a solider, a "good man" as Bruno always  describes him as.

In this new area, Bruno has no friends nor does he have anyone to talk to except his older sister. One day, whilst sitting on his window ledge, he spots a small fenced area out of his window, the Farm as he calls.

Despite being told not to go into the back garden, Bruno sneaks out one day, eager to explore the farm. He soon comes across a fence, where he meets a small boy named Shmuel.
As their friendship grows, Bruno soon learns more about the people in the striped pyjamas that live on the other side of the fence.

This is a fictional story although it is based on the Holocaust, a real event.

Jasmine Margalit (12)