The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Written by John Boyne

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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A stunning anniversary edition of John Boyne's powerful classic bestseller, with illustrations from award-winning artist Oliver Jeffers.

When Bruno’s father is promoted to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in Berlin to a strange new house in the middle of nowhere. Gone are the neighbours and the friends Bruno used to play with. The only people around are all in the strange fenced-in area which Bruno can just spy from his bedroom window. Who are they and why do they wear striped pyjamas? When Bruno sets off on an Exploration to find out he learns something very shocking which has unexpected and terrible results. Bruno’s childhood experience provides a new way of looking at the horrors of the Holocaust. (12+) ~ Julia Eccleshare

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Synopsis

Bruno doesn't like his new house. He had to leave all his friends behind in Berlin, and there are no children to play with here - until Bruno meets Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the wire fence near Bruno's house, and who wears a strange uniform of striped pyjamas.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Press Reviews

'This novel is a fine addition to a once taboo area of history, at least where children's literature is concerned. It provides an account of a dreadful episode short on actual horror but packed with overtones that remain in the imagination. Plainly and sometimes archly written, it stays just ahead of its readers before delivering its killer punch in the final pages' - Independent

'An extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war' - Irish Independent

'In this unforgettably moving Holocaust tale, nine-year-old Bruno is witness to events devastating in their tragedy' - Irish Times

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780857533937
Publication date: 6th October 2016
Author: John Boyne
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.He has written a number of short stories; his first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. His 2006 novel, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, was made into an award-winning Miramax film. The novel itself won 2 Irish Book Awards, the Bisto Book of the Year, and was shortlisted or won a host of international awards. Amongst other accolades, it spent more ...

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