The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable  By John Boyne

New York:  David Flickling Books

2006    216p.

When you read this book you must remember this is a Fable!  There is nothing historical correct about this book–other than the blind innocence of some German children.  Can relate to a Hitler Youth I heard speak during summer of 2014—she played the game but really had no idea what was really going on! With that in mind you can not read the my review :).

This is a riveting Holocaust fiction book written in third person about 9 year old German boy named, Bruno.  Here we get a glimpse into the innocence and the hardships that a 9 year old encounters at this time.  Bruno, who is just living every day hanging with his friends, sheltered from the evils around him–as the events of the Holocaust begin to unfold.  Did he miss all the clues to what was going on around him or did he just ignore them? Is Bruno a symbol for all the millions of Germans who turned their back on what was going on around them?  I am a true believer in innocence of childhood and Bruno was indeed pure all the way down to his core.  You will not want to put this book down once you read the first chapter!

5Q      4P        Middle/Senior High

Author Website: http://www.johnboyne.com/

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