The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas




This book tells the story of a young German boy, Bruno, who moves with his family during the Second World War.  The father is in charge of running a concentration camp, a fact that is obvious to the reader but one that the naïve young narrator is oblivious to.  The story deals with the family as they live within the walls of the camp, trying to maintain a normal life but failing dismally.  A friendship is struck between one of the young Jewish prisoners and the son of the camp commandant, this friendship carries the story to its startling conclusion.  The story has several twists and turns and a very effective ending.  This is one of my favourite intermediate books! 

Reading Ability:  intermediate level (themes and material) 

Genre: Historical fiction
Theme:  Determination, War, Friendship, Holocaust 

Who would love this book? 

-those interested in the Second World War 

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