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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Award-winning

by John Boyne (author)

Suitable for 10 - 18 years

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Berlin, 1942. When nine-year-old Bruno gets home from school one day, he finds his belongings being packed up in crates. His father has received a promotion, and the family must move to a new house far away, where there is no-one to play with and nothing to do. When they arrive at their new home, Bruno is baffled by its isolation, and by the razor-wire fence which stretches around it. Surely there must be more to this desolate place than meets the eye? And who is the boy across the fence, wearing striped pyjamas? Subtly written yet devastatingly powerful, this is an unforgettable Holocaust tale of innocence and evil.

“A small wonder of a book” The Guardian

“Quite impossible to put down, this is the rare kind of book that doesn’t leave your head for days.” The Bookseller

Product Details







Date published

September 11th, 2008

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.8; Upper years; 7.0 points

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  • 224 pages




  1. rochelle
    on 23 February 2010

    anne frank story

    it is a brillent book i hope i get tthe other one thx it is a great book thank you

    5out of 5

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What kids think

  1. sapphire222
    on 30 January 2017

    It’s so compelling and emotional. Such a deep story told so simply. I was gripped and by the end I was in tears. I definitely suggest reading this book!

    5out of 5
  2. emerald234
    on 13 December 2016

    So touching!!! I recommend this for 9 and up. John Boyne writes really great books!

    5out of 5
  3. Roodieroo
    on 8 March 2014

    I loved this book made me cry

  4. Emily0524
    on 24 April 2013

    ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is written by John Boyne.

    It is about a boy called Bruno who is moved from his perfect house in Berlin to Auschwitz. He has no one to play with until he finds a boy called Shmeul who is a Jew. Of course Bruno doesn’t know this. They become best friends as time goes on and eventually Shmeul asks Bruno to go under the fence to help him find his Father. Bruno doesn’t think anything unusual of it and goes under the fence….........................

    Written by : Emily

    5out of 5
  5. natashakrywald
    on 9 March 2013

    touching and moving story, more for older readers. use insight to discover more about the war and people. my favrouite charecter was either shmuel (the jewish freind of brunos on the other side of the fence) or bruno himself as they are the best of freinds. its got a good moral of don’t mess with things that don’t concern you

  6. queenie13
    on 9 March 2013

    love this book

    5out of 5
  7. CookieM
    on 9 March 2013

    This is a beautiful sad story that always makes me cry but i LOVED reading it

    5out of 5
  8. Dandy1
    on 21 September 2012

    I love this book it is soo sad and it moves my heart! I don’t really like the ending but thats a deatail! I will never forget it!

  9. Wildcat95
    on 2 September 2012

    This book is so sad, but i loved it!!! this book just shows how terrible word war two was.

    5out of 5
  10. bopunited
    on 24 January 2012

    i loves this book i read it and whached the film

    5out of 5
  11. flossy1998
    on 21 October 2011

    I watched the film , Very Touching

    5out of 5
  12. CoolFliss
    on 17 June 2011

    i loved it it was great but quite sad i would recommend it to over 8 year olds READ IT its worth it!

    5out of 5
  13. 123fluffybun
    on 10 May 2011

    this book just shows how sad world war 2 and the holocost really was. I’m learning about world war 2 now, and I wanted to read the book, as the front cover looks quite good

    5out of 5
  14. fizzpop01
    on 3 March 2011

    this book is one of the greatest book i’ve ever read but its quite sad

  15. molru
    on 15 February 2010

    This is the most heart breaking book in the world it just shows how hard life was.

    5out of 5
  16. noggin11
    on 19 December 2009

    This book is one of the best books ever. it is about a boy called bruno who unfortunately has to move away from his home in berlin. if you want to know more just read the book

    5out of 5
  17. hannahmontanafan
    on 10 October 2009

    I absolutely LOVED the book and the film. It is sooo sad. I am another religion so this story means a lot more to me and I understand this. It just shows that if you serve evil to others evil will get served to you. It is also a really gripping story. My dad always tells me about these evil, cruel people and how I would be dead if I was born at that time. He also said that people like me had to fight for our independence.

  18. AGirlWithBrainsxx
    on 7 October 2009

    very good but also very sad ill also give this a 5 star because it was realli good

    4out of 5
  19. maisie1998
    on 3 August 2009

    very good book got it for my birthday i couldnt put it down for one second soo sad as well boy in the striped pjs is a great book

    5out of 5
  20. SandLoves1D
    on 17 July 2009

    I have read this book never made it to the end cos it is soooo sad! But iv seen the film and the film is cool to. :-)

    4out of 5
  21. Ben05
    on 6 June 2009

    This book is an excellent book, and after reading it, I immediately started finding out about the other books which he has written. The Dare, is also a tremendous book! The Boy in Striped Pyjamas is set during the Second World War.

    5out of 5
  22. ezzy96
    on 26 April 2009

    This book was INCREDIBLE! I read it with my english class and whilst we were reading i burst out crying! Its such a serious book about such a tragic event yet john boyne manages to add a little humour to the book. The most amazing book i have ever read i give it 10out of 10!!! I am now reading it for a third time!

    5out of 5
  23. buffythevampireslayer09
    on 20 January 2009

    The boy in the striped pyjamas is about a boy called Bruno and he moves house and he findes a secret path to a concentration camp and he meets a boy and he was a jew and the secretly become friends when they’re not supposed to and it was very good but in the end the boy in the camp’s father was took to a place to be killed but he didn’t know and Bruno digs a hole to get into the camp… [spoiler!]

    3out of 5
  24. bookworm7
    on 23 October 2008

    this book was a-maz-in’. it is the best book eva!i didn’t want to put it down that is how good it is. i read the end over & over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5

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