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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

April 25th, 2018 - Posted in Library News -

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STUDENT REVIEW

by John Boyne, 335 pages, Grades 8 and up

​​​Bruno is the son of a high-ranking Nazi officer in Germany during World War II. When he learns his family has to move to the country for his father’s work, he is not exited. There isn’t much to do, and Bruno doesn’t have any friends to play with.

Shmuel is an eight year-old Polish Jew who living in the Auschwitz concentration camp. One day, as he is sitting at the edge of camp near the barbed wire fence, Bruno walks up to him from the other side. As they talk, their forbidden friendship grows, and with it comes dangers they are both oblivious to.

If you enjoy historical fiction about World War II, you might also like Between Shades of Gray, and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys or Paper Hearts, a novel in verse by Meg Wiviot.

By M. L.

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