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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

by John Boyne

This is a story told through the eyes of a nine year old boy.
To quote the book jacket'We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what the book is about'
Written for teenagers it is definitely worthy of an adult read.

Suggested by Daphne, Bishops Stortford

Tagged with: emotional haunting haunting, innocent memorable moving moving. powerful, provoking, sad thought thoughtful thoughtful, thought-provoking thought-provoking;

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Comments

The length and simplicity of this book belies the true message. Bruno's innocence contrasts vividly with what is really happening. I read and discussed the last chapter with a group of male prisoners, and they found it moving and thought provoking.
Elizabeth, Cambs
I loved this book - a quick read which was very haunting. I read this book ages ago and still remember it vividly. It was beautifully written through the eyes of Bruno. It dealt very well with a very emotive subject and I have recommended it to several people.
Ros
I loved this book - a quick read which was very haunting. I read this book ages ago and still remember it vividly. It was beautifully written through the eyes of Bruno. It dealt very well with a very emotive subject and I have recommended it to several people.
Ros
A haunting, touching novel that i refer to everytime i'm asked about good novels. A page turner despite its content
Hayley Wilkinson
I took a while to read this book it came highly recommended but I thought I might find it too upsetting/disturbing.I am so glad I did read it in the end.It is one of those rare reads where you learn to look deeply into a subject in a very moving special & touching way .All who read it will come away moved and with a changed perspective of a certain period of time,looking through that story with a childs view made it a special,modern classic.
Janet ,Garforth
This book was a very good read,but very sad at the end.
Elaine
A simple but very moving story - really thought provoking
Sheil
Such a simple book- but so powerful. A haunting situation told through the innocent eyes of a child Will stay with me for a long time.
Carole, Hextable
This book was a great but shocking read. Threw up lots of questions and the ending I knew was going to end in tears but not quite in the way it did end. Stayed with me for ages and still does. To be recommended to adults and older children alike.
Judith
I loved this book! I think any age group could read it and get something from it. I loved the way he wrote in the child's voice, without being patronising, and yet managing to get the message of what is happening in his life across to the reader clearly. Moving, emotional, sad, a horrific time in history seen through an innocent child's eyes.
Julie
I first read this book as a proof copy and yet nearly 3 years later it still haunts me. I can honestly say that no other book has ever lingered in my mind more than this one. The feeling of inevitability was draining and yet the the ending was even more shocking and disturbing than I was prepared for. I still cannot bear to read it again and even discussing it within a group upset me.
Sharon Moore, Southampton
Feels like an easy read but really gets you thinking. You will remember it long after the final paragraph.
Ailie
As an adult reader, I understood the boy's situation from the word 'go' - it may well take younger readers longer, and I imagine works very well if it does so. However, even 'understanding' what was going on, the end genuinely took me by surprise and was both shocking and emotive.
Linne from Jersey
fantastic read, works on so many levels
pam
This book has the power to really move and shock you.
Trudy Jones, Halton
Think this book should be read by all. An easy and quick read - I completed it in about 4 hours - but I am still haunted by it.
anneshut
This is a book "without barriers" for any age group. Our book group which ranges from 20's to 70's really enjoyed it and it provoked an hour long discussion.The best book I read in 2006.
Shelagh, Stockton
 

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