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large_pyjamas_UK_19 year old Bruno lives in Berlin with his parents and 12 year old sister. His world is turned upside down when he is told that the family is moving from his beautiful home, away from his friends, to a strange place he calls “Out-With”, where a very important man called “The Fury” has sent his father to be in charge. Bruno dislikes Out-With and is very lonely, he can see from his bedroom window that there are lots of people living behind a big wire fence beyond his new home, and wonders why he can’t play with the children there.
He sets off exploring one day and encounters a boy sitting just within the wire fence, they strike up a conversation and begin a beautifully naïve and moving friendship that continues until Bruno makes the innocent but heartbreakingly tragic decision to join his friend on the other side of the fence.

John Boyne

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  1. Olivia T said:

    The book ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ by John Boyne was a novel which I enjoyed reading for year eight English. I read through all of the adventures, the times of misery and the new beginnings that Bruno experienced during his childhood in the second world war. I developed a new understanding and saw a different perspective on life during this time through the eyes of a young boy named Bruno. The storyline features Bruno, his older sister Gretel, his mother and father who is a Nazi commandant, Shmuel his best friend and Lieutenant Kotler. In the book Bruno’s family are served by Pavel, Maria and cook. I would recommend this book for people around the age of 12 or older if they are looking for a great tale that is not only amazingly inspiring but it also takes you back to world war 2 inside the harsh concentration camps.

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  2. Georgina said:

    I fell in love with this book the moment I picked it up. It was terribly;y sad and was hard to read but very enjoyable. The friendship between Shmuel and Bruno is so sweet and they are such kind people. This gives us an insight into those cruel times and the horrible events that occurred I definitely recommend this to ages 12+ because it is amazing.

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  3. Olivia said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjama’s is an amazing fable that once you pick up this book you will never be able to put it down! I found it really interesting how John Boyne wrote a book for children that incorporates such a heavy topic in a interesting way. I like how it doesn’t just say this book is about the Holocaust and tell the reader about most of the horrible events that occurred during the Holocaust and does it in a subtle way. My favourite part of the book was when Bruno meets Shmuel because he finds a sense of happiness in a sad, horrible place. My favourite character was Pavel because even though he wasn’t one of the main characters I liked how was extremely kind to Bruno when he fell of the swing and hurt himself. My least favourite character was Lieutenant Kotler because wasn’t a nice person and was mean to everyone except for Bruno’s father and mother. My least favourite part of the book was when Shmuel was talking about his horrible experiences and journey being a jew and Bruno just kept saying how bad his live was and anyone of the jews would have swapped their lives with Bruno’s in a heartbeat. I also didn’t like the ending because this was the ending for many jews in that time I find it extremely unfair how Hitler was getting away with this! I would recommend this book as a first book to read about Holocaust experiences because it is not too deep and sad but still gets you thinking and I rate this book 10/10!

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  4. nyajal said:

    I have recently finished reading The boy in the striped pajamas for English and shows an adventure. The book was set in WW2. It shows the Jews didn’t get equal fairness and the Nazi’s were very cruel to the jews. I would rate this book an 8/10 as it was interesting to learn new things. I would recommend this for 13 and older

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  5. Georgia-Rose said:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas is so well written, but really really emotional to read. It is all about the WW2, and the cruel concentration camp that is located near Bruno (the main characters) new house. He starts visiting a little boy called Shmuel, who lives over the other side of the fence of the concentration camp. He is curious about this little boy, and why they all wear the same pair of pyjamas everyday, and one day decides he would like to see what Shmuel really lives like for himself. Little does he know the conditions of Shmuel’s home.
    The ending is so shocking and tragic, but really eye opening too. I recommend it too anyone of every age, it is a must read for everyone at some point in their life.

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  6. I think this is a really good book but it will probably make you cry to me it was a really eye opener learning all about what happened in World War 2 I would give this book a 9/10 for its great language and use of valuable knowledge.

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  7. This is one of the saddest movies I have ever watched, full of scenes that shattered my heart and that made me fear what could happen next. This movie may have been sad but it was also a great movie, so I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a great movie that involves having you o the edge of your seat worrying about what could happen next in the movie. The movie was like a huge mountain, at the start of the movie its like you begin the climb but once you reach the top and start heading down its like you’re being so very cautious about slipping, every scene makes you anxious to find out whats going to happen. I would recommend this movie for people above the age of 12, as long as they’re a mature audience, I really enjoyed this movie and it also informed me a little bit more about what happened in the war. I rate this movie a 9/10 overall because of how interesting it was to watch and how great a job they did with creating it.

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  8. after reading this book for school, I found it extremely disgusting of what the germans did to the innocent jews. It was a very interesting read that left me with a lot of questions at the end of the book. My favourite character would have to be Shmuel because I found him so interesting and full of knowledge. I rate this book a 9/10 and recommend it for 13+ year old and up.

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  9. Kirra said:

    I have had to read this book for our English class this year and to be honest I have really enjoyed it, this book really shows you the perspective of young Bruno and it shows you exactly what went on in that time and age. I really enjoy reading books like these because you get a really good sense on a Childs thoughts of war and this horrific time of our history. I would highly recommend reading this book even though you might cry at the end it is worth the read. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a very sad story which shows us a horrible time in history which killed many innocent people and she of those people in a horrible way. I wish that John Boyne had written another book to continue on from this as after finishing it I still had so many question and many questions throughout the book which were not answered. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have, have fun reading!

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  10. This book left me with tears! The boy in the striped pyjamas is based around world war 2 and is about a 9 year old boy named Bruno. His life was going great, until he had to move from Berlin because of his fathers work. His fathers job was associated the the fury (hitler) and was considered a very important man. When they move to their new house in, where he meets his new best friend Shmuel. One thing Bruno doesn’t know about Shmuel is that he is stuck in out-with and thinks that he has everything that he has and the same privileges, but they are both living in two different worlds. I really like this book and recommend you read it!

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  11. This book is heart felt and tear jerking. I really loved it and I have read it several times!! It’s such a great book I would definitely recommend it to everyone! I would personally rate it a 9/10!

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  12. Emily said:

    Don’t read if you can’t take some honesty/opinions

    This book is pretty capturing and interesting to some extent

    I get what the aim of this book was

    Bruno is supposed to be “innocent” and “not exposed” to the world he is living in.
    But as a lot of reviews I have read online has mentioned,
    this is very unrealistic.
    Bruno’s father is a Nazi senior and yet he doesn’t even know what a “Jew” is? Bruno is born in Germany, and I am “assuming” he speaks German so how can he not grasp the idea/ read “Auschwitz”. This is a very ignorant way to describe the history of World War 2. Also the facts! How could Bruno be passing food under an e l e c t r i f i e d wire fence? how would he even survive crawling under this fence? And even if the fence for any reason wasn’t electrified why wouldn’t someone have tried escaping yet.
    Secondly Shmuel, a nine year old jew, would not have survived a year in Auschwitz.
    Thirdly there would have been people patrolling at all times. This is ww2 we are talking about, not 2018 and taking a walk down the street. They would have shot you if you went even merely close to the fence.

    This book feels like it should be more fitting in the make believe genre, not historical.
    This novel is extremely sugar coated, but as it is aimed at a younger audience trying to grasp some idea of what happened in these times, i’ll give it 2 stars. It was good at a cute exposure, not for the brutal honesty.

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  13. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a capturing novel, especially towards the end. When i read this book it gave me a better understanding of what life was like back then in Germany and it definitely gave me more of an understanding of what Hitler was like, because, before i just knew of him, and that he was a bad person.
    Bruno is nine years old, and he’s not happy, when he finds out that his father has a new job and he’s leaving his comfortable house, his grandparents that he loved dearly and his three best friends, all behind.
    I did enjoy reading the novel it was very mysterious in parts, however it did drag on a little but that didn’t stop me from reading the rest of the book. If i had to choose a favourite character it would have to be Bruno because i can relate to him, he is an adventures person and likes to solve problems and also likes to know what s going on, (the truth).
    This book i did feel very sad for the jews, it is a very sad way to die, and reading it made me get tears in my eyes. I can’t imagine dying in a gas chamber.
    Reading this book i think the age barrier would have to start from grade 7 and all the way up to adults, i believe adults would enjoy this book if they had an interest in history.

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  14. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is based on a story about a young boy, Bruno, who has to move from his happy home in Berlin, to a miserable and isolated location named Out-with. In Berlin he had his 3 best friends for life, but moving house left him with no one. But when Bruno sets off on a mission to find out more about his new home, he meets a friendly boy, Shmuel, but the only problem is that the two boys are separated by a towering wire fence. After living there for a year and visiting Shmuel on a daily basis, different things everyday occurred. One evening when Bruno met up with Shmuel, he was in a sad mood and looked even more depressed than usual. Shmuel’s father had gone missing. Bruno discovered he was able to lift up the wire fence, and with that in mind, Bruno and Shmuel made a plan to search for his father. But the following day, when Bruno entered the camp and witnessed what it’s life over there is like, he goes to turn back, but it’s too late. A great, but very sad read. I rate it a 9 out of 10.

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  15. I think that the boy in stripped pyjamas is an amazingly written story from a great perspective. The story is set during WW two, and is written from the perspective of an innocent and trusting child Bruno. Bruno is raised by a father who is a important German Soldier, and leaves his home town of Berlin to live in ‘Out With’ which Bruno does not like as he finds it lonely and boring. While out exploring the property Bruno finds what he thinks is a farm and begins a friendship with a boy on the other side of the fence. When reading this book you have to read between the lines quite a bit, as Bruno does not understand what is fully going on, but the Author gives us hints and we see from the attitude of other important characters what is going on. This book shows that regardless of race and situation that friendship still occurs. Although the twist at the end was really sad I think it showed a great message that beneath it all we are all human, and that we deserve to be treated the same.

    I would rate this book a 10/10. I also liked the style of writing as it flowed well and was easy to read, but I would not recommend reading this book to anyone under 12 years of age.

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  16. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas is a must read. I recommend this book to anyone over 12 as it has a shocking twist. It is about a nine-year-old boy growing up in berlin during world war II. He is forced to move away as his father has been promoted. He finds himself moving to a place called ‘Out-With’. I would recommend this book to everyone, it is such a sad story and I would definitely bring tissues when reading this book.

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  17. This book is one to read as it is so educational on the hitler story, it is about a boy who moves to a new town and finds a boy who he becomes very good friends with but is behind bars in some sort of a prison. The story is a big drama and one which is so sad and happy at the same time, in the end its is shocking but beautiful because it happend to everyone. Recommend for people over 13

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  18. Grace D said:

    The novel; ‘The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas’ written by John Boyne is a fabel set during World War Two. It follows the story of a young boy named Bruno, and an unlikely friend; Shmuel. Although the boys live so close to each other, they remain in two completly different worlds. To the current society, the boys seem so different and completely opposite, yet they come to realise, they have more in common then they once thought. Despite their differences, he boys build a strong bond and grow to love each another. The book is so insightful, eye-opening and shows you what society was really like in Germany in the 1930s. I highly recommend reading this book and feel that it is appropriate for people aged 12+.

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  19. Trinity said:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas is one of my favourite books! Although it is very sad, it is a very good read. It is about a 9 year old boy named Bruno who lives in Berlin with his parents and 12 year old sister. He had wonderful friends but was soon shocked when he was told they were moving from the wonderful home. People may relate to Bruno which makes this book very interesting. His father was an important man called “The Fury” and had a job to do that Brunos mother wasn’t fond of. I like the park when Bruno meets Shmuel. If you read the book you will also get to know Shmuel and Bruno. They share such a special friendship. Overall I would give this book a 10/10!

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  20. Sienna said:

    The boy in the Striped Pyjamas in the most interesting book I have read so far. I loved how Bruno made friends with someone on the other side and didn’t even know why they were there. I found it sad as Bruno went into the other side of the fence and didn’t know what was going on. I do recommend this book 100 and 10%.

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  21. Sienna said:

    The boy in the Striped Pyjamas in an amazing fable about the concentration camps where Jews where held prisoners by the German soldiers. my favourite character is Bruno which liked exploring, one day he decided to go and explore the outer area of the camp when he came across a small boy which soon became his best friend. I do recommend this book to ages 13+ and I really enjoyed reading this book.

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  22. Georgia said:

    I loved this book so much! It was such an amazing storyline. Loved it because it takes you on an adventure of emotions. It takes you with a young boy (Bruno) on an adventure to investigate a lot of people in striped pyjamas. During his investigation he meets a young boy, his age called Shmuel, who lives behind a wire fence. Every day, Bruno goes back to see Shmuel and they become close. The ending is sad and unexpected so if you don’t want to cry I wouldn’t recommend this book. Although, it is amazing so I think its a must-read.

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  23. The fable, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, shows the many different aspects of World War 2. The novel, tells a tale of how two innocent boys who come from different backgrounds find each other and created a life long friendship. Although Bruno and Shmuel come from two different races, and have completely different lifestyles, they share their similarities to keep them close and they tell their life tories to keep their bond exciting and interesting. Even though the fence represented the fact that the Jews and the Germans were seen as two different people, Bruno and Shmuel were able to find each other and have a life long lasting friendship.

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  24. This book is so good!! I absolutely loved the storyline and the interesting the life Bruno lived back when the WWII was in progress. Not only did this book captivate me from the very beginning but it also taught me about life back then and how locals on both sides of the war were treated. Bruno is a very interesting character, he is very curious and loves being adventurous, despite where it may take him. He doesn’t understand his surroundings and in which creates an unlikely friendship with a barbwire fence between it. These two have some amazing adventures and conversations, they make the story worth telling and that is why I rate it a 5 out of 5!

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  25. Vincenza said:

    This book was a tear jerker and demonstrates the innocence of nine year old boys. Bruno meets Shmuel through the fence of a concentration camp in Berlin, Germany, and form an unlikely friendship, free from discrimination. Both boys do not understand the cultural and religious differences that divide them, nor do they understand the implications of their bond.

    As their friendship develops, they find themselves spending everyday together, talking and exploring Shmuel’s surroundings without either parents knowledge. This book deals with the concept of humanity and inhumanity shown to Jewish people at the time of the holocaust and the impression of war in the German population. Overall it is a historically accurate depiction of the lives of civilians in the 1940’s, Nazi Germany.

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  26. The Boy in the striped pyjamas is a heartfelt story that is aimed at any age level. although this story is very violent and sad at some points, I think it was perfectly balanced out with a loving storyline that makes any reader feel warm. As Shmuel and Bruno are introduced to each other, things do not look very positive for their future as friends. Over time we see Bruno grow to understand and accept Shmuel as a person, rather than just a figure that has no money and is very skinny. I love the way Bruno cares about Shmuel, and offers him food. Although Bruno Does not understand the consequences of his actions, he remains confused about what makes Shmuel different from himself. I think the boy in the striped pyjamas is a perfect example that no matter what race or religion, people are still just people and no matter who society says they are, they should all be treated as equals. as well ass being a heartfelt fable, there is also a scary and dark side to the storyline. As the book moves on, we see the Jews, and Shmuel himself, being mistreated and abused because of their beliefs. Reading this book it is extremely sad the way Bruno gives up his time to help Shmuel and is then accidentally punished for his kind actions. this book expresses to people what the holocaust was really about and what a horrible leader Hitler was to the people living in Germany. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a story that sends a strong message about cruel happenings and a sad story that will break your heart, not just for Shmuel and Bruno, but for the Jews at this horrible time. I give this book a solid 9 out of 10.

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  27. This book I could read over and over again, as it showcases so much emotion and reality. It is such a sad yet exciting book that I would read over and over again. I loved every minute of this book. There were sad scenes, funny scenes, happy scenes and devastating scenes however this novel showed me so much emotion and it explained to me how lucky I am truely am. I rate this book a perfect 10/10

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  28. Hannah said:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas is a fictional story which has been based on true events and is a great read. The main character Bruno, is a 9 year old German boy who’s father is a soldier and his family has to move to a concentration camp in Poland. Despite the terrible circumstances Bruno becomes friends with a Jewish boy, Shmuel and the two of them become best friends. The story explains the differences in lives from Shmuel and Bruno and shows that no matter what, we are all the same. My favorite character is Bruno, because of his curiosity and looking at things from another point of view. If I could change one thing about this book it would be the ending. I loved the book and I would suggest it to anyone who is interested about world war 2, or just wants a good read. I would rate it a 7 out of 10.

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  29. Hannah said:

    The Boy in the Striped was absolutely amazing! At the start of the book I found it a little boring however after a couple of chapters I began to really enjoy it. It was great while reading the book to learn about the history of the holocaust as well as reading about the friendship that Bruno and Shmuel have. Despite the obstacles the two boys faced they managed to stay friends and look out for each other until the very end. It was good to read about the war from a child’s perspective. I just felt very sad for what little Bruno and Shmuel had to go through and the ending was just so tragic. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a must read and I recommend it to everyone and also a box of tissues.

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  30. This book was set in a very dark, gloomy and bleak time, the Holocaust. This book is very sad and devastating. Actually more like heart wrenching. I really liked how the author wrote the book from an innocent child’s perspective. I thought that was very clever but I also didn’t really enjoy it because I was constantly yelling at the book and Bruno the main character about what to do and say. I would recommend this book to people who don’t know about the Holocaust because it is an awful time in history that everyone needs to know about.

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  31. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a fantastic story and it is beautifully written. Each chapter ends with a question or something to make you want to keep reading which makes it impossible to put down.
    You definitely don’t need to know anything about WWII to understand this book and it is seen through the innocent young eyes of little Bruno.
    It is upsetting the things he doesn’t understand or the things he thinks are fantastic like how the people on the other side of the fence get to wear their ‘pyjamas’ all day.
    This is definitely a fantastic book to read and I’d recommend it to everyone. Just have the tissues accessible.

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  32. This book is a take on a horrible event from a child’s innocent perspective. I really enjoyed the book because it was very different to anything I have read before, generally I do not read books that will make you cry however I really enjoyed this book although it was definitely a tear jerker. The book was easy to read because it was written from the perspective of a child which meant that it was easy to understand. I think everyone would enjoy this book.

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  33. eliza said:

    I absolutely love this book. It is so interesting as you get to learn more about WW2 and learn about life for Shmuel and Bruno. It is so sad but very interesting. I enjoyed it much more than the movie and I recommend it to anyone ages 12+. I would rate it a 9/10 because it is so sad but so interesting

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  34. I really enjoyed the book the boy in the striped pyjamas, it was such a heart warming book to read. My favourite character in the book was 8 year old Bruno. Bruno was such a kind, caring and innocent little boy who saw the good in people. My least favourite part of the book was when Bruno went onto the other side of the fence and never came back. It was so hard to watch and I felt sorry for everyone on the other side of the fence. If I was able to change something in the book thats the one thing I would change, because it was extremely sad what they did to people on the other side of the fence. I would recommend this book to anyone aged 12 and over, I would rate this book an 8/10.

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  35. The book boy in the striped pyjamas is such a heart warming book to read. The book is about an 8 year old Bruno and his family leaving Berlin to take up residence near the camp where his Father has just become commandant. He is Unhappy and lonely so he goes wondering behind his house and find a Jewish boy to play with. I really like how the book is told through the perspective of Bruno because it show how innocent he is and how he sees everyone as good. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about hitler and what bruno goes through as a young child. I would recommend this book to people over the age of 12. I would rate this book a 8/10.

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  36. I have read and seen the movie of the boy in the striped pyjamas. It is a great book and movie i really loved it. It involved a lot of adventure and exploration with a very emotional ending. It is set a long time ago when they had refugee camps and this makes the movie even more sad.I think this would be a great book for any one who likes reading about concentration camps and refugee and anyone who likes sad movies. I would rate this book an 8/10

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  37. indi j said:

    at the start of this book i had no idea that it was going to be this deep. I did know it was about hitler and how he treated the jews but i never knew how mental his idea’s of killing jews really was, as son as i started this book i read it every night before bed and struggled to put it down each and every time. I’ve never been very interested in anything about hitler and what he did but this book has certainly made me change my mind towards everything about that. I hated hitler and all the things he was doing and i still cant believe that it was actually based on true stories. The jews were treated in a way that no one should have ever been treated and the book definitely showed us how bad they were treated. I loved the depth the author went into in this book because the detail made me want to read it more and more. At the end i teared up with the plot twist and i was certainly not ready for it. I re-read the last few pages over and over again because i couldn’t believe what had happened. I definitely suggest this book to anyone over the age of 12!!!

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  38. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a heartwarming tale of a young boy growing up in the Nazi Era. Bruno has a great life, he and his family live in a big house in inner city Berlin and Bruno has plenty of friends at school. But that all quickly changes. Bruno’s Father, who we soon find out is a Nazi Officer, tells Bruno that they all have to move to a place that Bruno perceives as Out-With. Bruno is very unhappy here, until he meets a friend named Shmuel. This book is written very well and is a good read for anyone, although the ending is quite sad. This story is very touching and is something to read to gain an easy to understand insight into the Nazi era. I would recommend this book for ages 12+, as some parts may be difficult to understand. I rate this book a 9/10.

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  39. Maeve said:

    This book is really heart warming, and I find that it shows a new perspective on the fact that children of Nazis were oblivious to whats actually going on in their world. I find the book very insightful snd would recommend it to anyone interested in history, though the book is incredibly sad. I love this book a lot, and am very glad I picked it off the shelf!

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  40. The Boy in the stripped pyjamas is the most heart breaking story ever told. What makes it a heart breaking story is that it was based upon the true events in the 1940’s when Hitler was murdering the Jews. The main character Bruno finds his life taken away from his home and moves to the country side as his dad is a part of the Nazi army. Bruno discovers a Nazi camp where they keep all the Jews but Bruno thinks that it’s a farm that people work at. He gets to know a Jewish boy that’s behind the fence and builds a strong relationship. When Bruno founds out that everyone wears stripped clothes that look like pyjamas and has a number he thinks that it’s a game but Shmuel tries to tell him it’s not a game.

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  41. I have recently finished reading the boy in the striped pyjamas. It is a great book and i really loved it but at the end it was a bit sad. I think this would be a great book for any one who likes reading about concentration camps and refugees. I would rate this book a 9/10

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  42. I have recently finished reading the boy in the striped pyjamas. It is a great book and i really loved it but at the end it was so sad. I think this would be a great book for any one who likes reading about concentration camps and refugees, as well as third world countries to get a feel how a lot of people around the world live . I would rate this book a 9/10 because it was so interesting and engaging but was very sad at the end

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  43. This book is one of my favorites. It is a must read the book about a little boy growing up through the time of war. Though it has a sad ending it is a beautifully written book starring two little boys called Bruno and Sumuel and the friendship they have through a barb wire fence. I rate this book a 10/10 for sure with the massive emotional roller coasters it took me on.

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  44. I remeber reading this book in year 8…. and its defintiyl one of the most saddest books I have ever read. Its such a heart touching book to read, and i Blieve it is suited towards all ages, and its a book everyone must read, as it such an eye opening book.

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  45. in this book i enjoyed taking the journey with bruno an ordinary boy to a new town. This book and movie is about a ordinary family who has to move to a new town for their fathers work. this book shows his emotions and family heart break at the end. without telling you the ending im saying i cried. i would give this book and movie a 3/5 because it was very good but at some times i was bored. I would recommend this book to teens who can understand the importance of that time and people who can interpretate the book with their own imagination

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  46. the boy in stripped pyjamas is a great book for teens and adults i would defiantly recommend it for people over 12 but not for new readers as it is a very sad book and takes a bit of thinking and understanding. my favourite charter in the book would have to be bruno because he sticks up for his friends he is a loyal fired and he sticks up for himself and what he believes in. i wouldn’t change anything about this book and even though it is a very sad book it still has a great moral and it teaches us a lot about our past and how war can effect different people. i would defiantly recommend this book and i would give it a 8.5/10.

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  47. I read the book this year, and I must say it was amazing and changed the way I look at politics this day and age. The book is about a 9 year old boy named Bruno that isn’t sure of his place in the world. He is happy with his life as he is living in a beautiful area and has 3 best friends. But then one day out of know where, his father acclaims a new job in Poland where he has to live out in the middle of nowhere with no contact with any of his friends or family. Bruno becomes very unhappy and doesn’t know what to do with his new life accept for moaning and being sad. One day he decides to explore the area and sees a figure but he has to get a closer look to uncover what it is. Everyday he comes back to the spot to see the figure which is a boy like him. By this happening they become friends and share everything about their lives with each other. I think this book is great and is really emotional. It brings up about the holocaust which was set in the time of the book. I would rate this book a 10/10 and I would recommend everyone to read about it as it gives you an insight about how life was when Hitler was the leader.

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  48. The boy in the striped pyjamas is definitely not a book i would normally read, or that i would pick up if it hadn’t have been a school book. Even though it wasn’t my favourite, it was really interesting and informative. I think that the only reason i don’t like was because i don’t really like the style of book, and what it was about, but it was a really good book that kept you on edge the whole way. I wouldn’t recommend this if you hate history, or if you don’t like hearing about inequality or people dying. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading, or loves history. My favourite was Shmuel and i loved how bruno really has no idea. I would recommend this book a 8/10

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  49. The I would recommend is ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, this is such a heart breaking book towards the end, but apart from that it is a real eye opening book about the treatment of Jews and the Nazis. It is a very adventurous and full on book, so if you love these sort of books I would recommend for you to read this. The book it based around a young 9 year old boy called Bruno, who is very smart and love to explore. He has a sister, a mum and a dad who is the Nazi commandant. Bruno is such a caring and loving characters, he his personality is one you will be able to fall in love with and adore from the very first chapter. The way the author ‘John Boyne’ is a very descriptive and uses extremely good language to make you feel involve with the book, and he will have you on the edge of your seat once you read it. I would rate this book a 9/10 for the structure for the book and how well written it is and I would say it is suitable for teenagers between 13-18.

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  50. Stephanie said:

    ‘The boy in the striped pyjamas’ is a heart warming read. I went through so many emotions whilst reading the book, including heartbreak, joy, curiosity and devastation. The book has a range of different themes, that really touch on your heart. The main character Bruno is so innocent, and fails to notice what is really going on around him. The novel is set in the late 1930’s, in the middle of World War two. Bruno’s father works for who Bruno calls ‘The Fury’ (Aldolf Hitler), and is instructed to move to a place where he can keep an eye on the jews at the concentration camp ‘Out With’ (which is actually the most horrible cocentration camp of all time, Auschwitz). Bruno is completely ignorant to what is going on literally in his backyard. The story demonstrates love, friendship and kindness but also bleakness, devastation and despair. I would recommend this novel to anyone over 13, and give it a 10/10.

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  51. I Have recently read this book and I really did enjoy it! I liked it how it was about the holocausu and the true things that happened during that horrible time but I also like it how the author made it seem like there were people that had no idea what was going on. I also liked that Bruno and Shumel were the same age but they lived completely different lives at this time just depending on where they were from and there background. I think my favourite part of the book was when Bruno found a friend that he visited everyday. I think that my favourite character would have to be Shamuel because being a boy that was in the camp would have been very difficult and it would have taken a very strong boy to stay happy and resilient at this time and I think that is what he did. I don’t think that I can personally relate to anyone but at some stage in our life we are unaware of what is going on around us, just like Bruno! I think my least favourite part would be the ending cause it was so sad and it was unexpected until the last few pages. I don’t think that I would change anything about this book because it was a great read and u would definitely recommend this book to people that like read about true stories!!

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  52. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a heart touching book, and beautiful movie, I loved reading it, and the movie was so intriguing! This book, is all about friendship and it’s easy to connect to, as it paints a picture in your head. This books represents love, trust and respect. It informs you about Hitler and the Jews, and teaches you that friendship can be made no matter what, and that it doesn’t matter where you are or who you are. It’s a sad, but heart touching book, that I would recommend to anyone wanting a good read! I would rate it an 8/10

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  53. The book ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ by John Boyne was a novel which I enjoyed reading for year eight English. I read through all of the adventures, the times of misery and the new beginnings that Bruno experienced during his childhood in the second world war. I developed a new understanding and saw a different perspective on life during this time through the eyes of a young boy named Bruno. The storyline features Bruno, his older sister Gretel, his mother and father who is a Nazi commandant, Shmuel his best friend and Lieutenant Kotler. In the book Bruno’s family are served by Pavel, Maria and cook. I would recommend this book for people around the age of 12 or older if they are looking for a great tale that is not only amazingly inspiring but it also takes you back to world war 2 inside the harsh concentration camps.

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  54. I don’t usually like to read often but because it was a novel to read over the holidays for english I really enjoyed it. It has changed the way I think about reading. I loved how it kept you on the edge of your seat. I couldn’t put the book down if i had to. The ending had me sad and when i watched the movie i was crying! I loved how John wrote this and how well he explained his words through a 9 year old boy who knows nothing about what is happening. It has a very deep plot so i would recommend this book for 14+ year old girls and boys. I rate this a 10/10!

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  55. Isabel said:

    I really enjoyed reading the book, although I found the ending a bit hard to pick up because you sort of need to fill in the gap, it doesn’t tell you exactly what happens unlike the movie. I would recommend people to read the book then watch the movie because then the book becomes more clearer. I think it a great read though because it gives you great detail and you can sort of put a picture in your head about how people lived and what some people went through. I love the two boys from each side of the fence because it shows no matter who you are what race or religion you believe in you can all be friends. 8/10

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  56. This book, is a tough one to read. I enjoyed it alot but some of the things in it are heartwrenching. I loved how John Boyne wrote the book in the eyes of a 9 year old and his perspective of the traumatic events unfolding. I got to see a perspective that not many other authors will do.

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  57. I would really recommend this book. It is such a great book it’s full of real things that happen and it will bring tears to your eyes. My favorite person in the book is Bruno because he is so kind to Shmuel and he doesn’t care about what his mother and father think about what is happing. I would give this a rate out of 9/10.
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  58. The Boy In Stripped Pyjama’s is such a touching story, John Boyne has done a really great job at writing a story that seems so real. It was set in the time of the Holocaust when Hitler ruled and the Jews suffered under his order. Bruno is a great character, he’s only nine years of age and yet so curious. The friendship that Bruno and the little boy Shmuel build is beautiful, they become so close and Bruno is so caring towards him, but he has no idea how Shmuel and all the other people in the stripped pyjamas behind the fence are really treated. In general I would say that I prefer reading books with a happy ending, but even though the ending of this book is absolutely awful, I really enjoyed reading something a little different.

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  59. The novel ‘The Boy In The Stripped Pyjamas’ by written by John Boyne is a must have read for ages 12 and up. John Boyne has done a great job of showing how a lot of people felt during the Holocaust while Hitler ruled and many Jews suffered. This story is touching and shocking with an awful ending. The friendship that Bruno and Shmuel build is a truely beautiful one. They two boy are living complete different lives yet they can talk about so much when they are sitting either side of that wire fence. I really believe that most people would find this book a good read and I really recommend it.

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  60. georgie said:

    I read this book in year 8 for english. I loved most of it! It was engaging and it had a lot of meaning to it. Most people didn’t get the ending, but i have already seen the movie! the book was sure not as informative then the movie, but i found the book more interesting than the movie. It’s a touching and moving story that will stick in my mind for a long time. Other than being a good read, the boy in striped pyjamas by John Boyne is captivating and also tells a bit of history throughout the story. I learned a lot throughout reading this chapter book, and i definitely recommend it!

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  61. The Boy in the stripped pyjamas is the most heart breaking story ever told. What makes it a heart breaking story is that it was based upon the true events in the 1940’s when Hitler was murdering the Jews. The main character Bruno finds his life taken away from his home and moves to the country side as his dad is a part of the Nazi army. Bruno discovers a Nazi camp where they keep all the Jews but Bruno thinks that it’s a farm that people work at. He gets to know a Jewish boy that’s behind the fence and builds a strong relationship. When Bruno founds out that everyone wears stripped clothes that look like pyjamas and has a number he thinks that it’s a game but Shmuel tries to tell him it’s not a game.

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  62. mietta said:

    The boy in the striped pyjama’s by John Boyne is a great book i loved reading it, although i found it a bit of a challenge to read as i found the start of the book a bit boring but eventually i got into it and really enjoyed it. The book is very real and makes you appreciate what you have. The ending is really sad and quite upsetting. It was unexpected but predictable in a way.

    The main character- Bruno is used to living a posh, wealthy lifestyle, but soon that is all taken away from him and he is forced to move to a bland dark home for his father. His house is constantly filled with Nazi soldiers and he struggles to find things to do until he eventually finds a young boy on the other side of the fence. He is curious about the boy’s life and what is happening on his side of the fence.

    This is a touching book with a very deep meaning, i would recommend it to anyone over the age of 12. i rate it a 9/10!

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  63. Geilee said:

    I liked this book because it gave a great insight into what life was like when Hitler was in control in Germany. I thought that the book was a slow starter and transitioned into the story and the problem slowly but I liked how it gave us the appreciative of a little boy and the his naive and oblivious way of thinking about what is around him. I liked the parts when Bruno visited Shmuel because it gave me an insight into what was happening in Bruno’s confusing view of his world. My favourite character was Shmuel because he was strong throughout the book and knew what happens when he does something wrong even though he was still sort of naive not realising the extent of his situation he still understood that he could be hurt by people. I don’t think I can relate to the characters because they have ore hardships than me and they have a big war going on and I do not relate as much because I don’t live in a war. I did not enjoy the way the book ended because it didn’t have a good resolution. But the book did explain what happened afterwards so I understood why and how it happened. I wouldn’t change any part of the book even though some of it didn’t excite me as much I still liked most of the build up. I would definitely recommend this book to others, it gives you some insight into ww2 and has some great emotional scenes. Anyone can read this book.

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  64. Geilee said:

    I liked this book because it gave a great insight into what life was like when Hitler was in control in Germany. I thought that the book was a slow starter and transitioned into the story and the problem slowly but I liked how it gave us the appreciative of a little boy and the his naive and oblivious way of thinking about what is around him. I liked the parts when Bruno visited Shmuel because it gave me an insight into what was happening in Bruno’s confusing view of his world. My favourite character was Shmuel because he was strong throughout the book and knew what happens when he does something wrong even though he was still sort of naive not realising the extent of his situation he still understood that he could be hurt by people. I don’t think I can relate to the characters because they have ore hardships than me and they have a big war going on and I do not relate as much because I don’t live in a war. I did not enjoy the way the book ended because it didn’t have a good resolution. But the book did explain what happened afterwards so I understood why and how it happened. I wouldn’t change any part of the book even though some of it didn’t excite me as much I still liked most of the build up. I would definitely recommend this book to others, it gives you some insight into ww2 and has some great emotional scenes.

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  65. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a very heart warming book. I didn’t cry but I know many people did and it was extremely sad. I couldn’t believe the way they treated the prisoners, it was just awful. It showed such friendship between Shemeul and bruno it was just lovely how they became friends. It is a beautifully written book and I highly recommend this book to anyone. I rate it a 7/10.

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  66. Maya L said:

    The Boy In Striped Pyjamas is the one and only book I’ve cried reading. It’s so sad and heart warming. the writer, John Boyne describes the deep horrors of world war 2 so deeply. This book is getting a 9/10 for me.

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  67. First i watched the movie, the movie was really good, but the book was better.
    this is a book that will move you, it an emotional novel, with a tragic ending, and one that you wouldn’t suspect. its such an amazing book, that tells such a phenomenal story true. the main charecters name is Bruno, he had a great life in the city, his dad worked in the army. they his dad got a promotion, the only things is they have to move the the middle of nowhere. then everything changes.

    i give this book a 9 out of 10, i defiantly recommend this novel

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  68. Keeley said:

    I began reading ‘The boy in the striped pyjamas’ by John Boyne for my English class. I didn’t expect much of the book, even though I had heard some really good things about it, but I soon found that I was very wrong in my assumption! This book sucked me in, and within a day or two, I had already finished it.

    This book follows the story of a young boy named Bruno, who’s family has to move to a new place due to his father’s work. He is very unhappy at first and misses his old life and friends, but soon becomes accustomed to his new home. At this new place, Bruno sees something that intrigues him and so he decides that he must investigate what is going on. Then he meets Shmuel. Shmuel and Bruno began to form a friendship even though it was forbidden. Bruno and Shmuel sit and talk to each other for hours on end and Bruno grows happier in this place that he now lives, that is, until everything changes.

    I think that this book is absolutely amazing and would definitely recommend it to people 12+ as it does has some more mature themes in it.

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  69. I recommend the book ‘boy in the striped pyjamas’ because it is a really interesting book.It has really sad bits in the book and it has heartwarming sections as well.There is a lot of history in this book and it taught me so much about what happened in that time. I really like how the book is told through the perspective of Bruno because it shows how innocent he is. Bruno shows that he doesn’t know what is going on in his life and his fathers. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about Hitler and what Bruno goes through as a young child. I think it was a bit disturbing at some points so it thinks that it should be for 13+. I rate it 7/10 because I hated the ending.

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  70. The boy in striped pyjamas is a book is about a nine year old boy named Bruno, who has to leave his five storey house in Berlin to move to an isolated house out of the country, he is extremely annoyed as he has to leave behind all his friends and he would have no one to play with there. Bruno likes to explore, one day Bruno meets a boy named Shmuel. Shmuel wore ripped old striped blue and white pyjamas, and his head was shaved. Shmuel and Bruno were separated, by a large fence with spikes on the top. The two boys were both young and innocent, although their friendship was forbidden. Bruno regular came down to the fence even though his parents disagreed with their children making contact with people on that side of the fence, and Bruno knew this but still went and saw Shmuel frequently. One day Bruno goes to visit Shmuel and he doesn’t come. Bruno persists, but Shmuel doesn’t show. Shmuel was captured and put in a camp with other innocent Jewish citizens, controlled by Hitler’s Natzi’s. Shmuel and his family were killed the day Shmuel didn’t go see Bruno. This novel I read in year 8 for english, and I honestly cried. It is so sad and when I watched the movie it was even sadder. Shmuel is an adorable little boy and to think that him and others his age who were innocent were killed is just sickening. Although a tear jerker I would highly recommend this book to people over the age of 10.

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  71. The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas is a must-read. This book is set during World War II, Bruno leaves Berlin with his family to live closer to a concentration camp where his father has a job. One day Bruno is feeling lonely and wanders out of the house to find a boy on the other side of the fence named Shmeul, a jewish boy his age. The fence in between does not stop them from becoming friends and forming a close bond. This book is very well written with a sad ending, if you don’t mind a bit of an emotional book this is for you. I rate this a 8/10.

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  72. Annabelle said:

    The boy in the Striped Pyjamas is truly an amazing yet daunting novel that I will never forget. The author John Boyne did a masterful job of depicting the setting in such vivid detail and exposing the events in a manner that I felt a constant emotional pull as the story unfolded. The main character Bruno, is a nine year old German boy who’s father is a soldier and his family has to move to a concentration camp in Poland. Despite the terrible circumstances, Bruno becomes friends with a jewish boy, Shmuel and the two of them become best friends. The story explains the differences in lives from Shmuel and Bruno. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a beautiful story. 9/10!

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  73. Abbey said:

    I read this book in my year eight english class and it was worth it. It is a book that if you read you should be prepared to feel a mix of emotions going from anger and fury to sadness and desperation as it provides the story of two boys in the time of the holocaust, Nazi Germany and Hitler. It is a cleverly written novel though extremely sad as it gives you an insight of what was once happening in Germany. It’s a book loved by many and I highly recommend it.

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  74. Grace said:

    I read this book in my year 8 English studies and I loved both reading it and writing about it. It is a book written in the eyes of bruno, a 9 year old boy living in Berlin during times of war. It explores Hitler, Holocaust and Nazi Germany. It is a more easy read but explored many themes and adult ideas. It is a story written in the eyes of a child but it isn’t a story a child should be telling. There are themes that are quiet confronting that is aimed at young adults. Reading through this book, there is a strong friendship formed between the main character Bruno and Shmuel which becomes so strong throughout the book. There is a very sad ending. This book is definitely worth reading! I rate it an 8/10

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  75. Hannah said:

    Boy in the striped pajamas is the saddest story ever! its about a boy Bruno who has to leave is town to move for his dads work ( hes dad works for Hitler). they are rich and when they move they get home schooled and they have no friends in there new place because they are the only kids. Bruno gets told to not to go near the fence, he did once and talked to a boy in striped pajamas. They talk and become friends. You have to read or watch the movie to find out the rest! I will give it an 9/10!

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  76. This book is so sad! It really made me feel grateful for the country I live in. The book is beautifully written. I recommend it to people who love a sad book. I rate this book 9/10. It was amazing!

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  77. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is an unusual story, one of the most difficult and disturbing a young person will ever read. It is the story of an event seared into history. Although voiced by a child and seen through the eyes of a child, it portrays one of the most horrific and disturbing events in our history. It is told from the point of view of Bruno, a 9-year-old German boy whose father works as a military official for Adolf Hitler. When the family has to move due to the fathers new job, they move very close to Auschwitz. It is at one of the fences of Auschwitz that Bruno meets and starts a friendship with one of the Jewish prisoners, Shmuel, a 9-year-old boy in the midst of the Holocaust. John Boyne’s story telling skills is remarkable. He communicates with wonderful character, simplicity and sadness. Nothing is made too obvious, but he actually allows for the reader to think and interpret the words themselves, which can sometimes make the writing seem pretentious, but in this case its not. A brutally sad and remarkable story told in its pages, and is overall not a long book but is one of terrifying power. All should read.

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  78. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a holocaust movie set in the heart of WW2 based on the best selling novel written by John Boyne. The movie is about two young boys who flourish a friendship in the most unusual circumstance. The movie showcases the idea that even from completely different lives friendship and hope will always shine through. The movie is about Bruno and Shmuel, two boys from ‘opposite sides’ of the fence of Auschwitz, a death camp for Jews. I didn’t really have a favourite scene in the movie because it all was very insightful and moving. My favourite character in the movie was probably Bruno. He was so young and adventurous and that related to my childhood. This movie is a real suspenseful and honest movie that brought me to tears (in a good way) the movie perfectly shows how hope and friendship is a really precious thing and also illustrates how dangerous living in Germany was at the time. I recommend this movie to anyone over 10. Because it have very mature scenes. This movie is very insightful and won’t be a movie that you’ll be disappointed in.

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  79. I read this book for my english class. It is set in World War Two. It is about a boy called Bruno who is a German boy, whose father is a solider in the war. His father gets a big job in the war and has to move to a concretion camp called “out-with”. Bruno one day looks out of his window and sees the camp. He goes exploring in the backyard which is not allowed and ends up going to the camp. When he reaches the camp he sees a young nine year old boy the same age as him sitting on the other side of the fence. His name is Shmuel and he is a jew. They bond a friendship that is like no other. Keep reading to find out more. I would recommend this book because it is a easy read, educating and there is a movie too. I would give this book a 8.5/10

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  80. I have recently finished reading the book ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ and was amazed about how third world countries or different religions are treated. This book was set in Germany WW1 and is about a nine year old boy called Bruno and his family. Bruno’s family was very wealthy as his father was the German Commander. They lived in a 5 story house in Berlin and had serval maids and chefs. Bruno loved life in Berlin as he had many friends and knew lots of people in the community. Bruno was heartbroken when he found out that his father had to move to another place far from Berlin and Bruno and his family have to move as well. When they arrived at the Out-With Bruno realised that it was nothing like Berlin, there were no children to play with, there were no shops and cafes and there was a massive wire fence separating Bruno from the other side. The fence continued as far as Bruno could see and he always wondered why it was there. One day Bruno explored the wire fence and came across a boy on the other side of the fence. Bruno introduced himself and so did the other boy called Shmuel. Bruno noticed everyone on the other side of the fence was wearing the same clothes that looked like striped pyjamas. Bruno didn’t understand why everyone was wearing striped pyjamas and why they were on that side of the fence. He could see soldiers ordering the striped people around and guns being fired. Bruno asked why and how Shmuel got there but you have to read the book to find out. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading out the olden days, how the world use to be ruled and what happened to the Jews. It is a very sad story that will be very hard to forget. This book is also a movie which is a bonus!!! Check out the book today and read the second book called the ‘Boy on the Top of the Mountain.’

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  81. This book is such a great book with such a shocking conclusion. This book really opened my eyes to whats its like to be a german boy who has a family that is very anti-jew and whats it is like to live ain a death camp. this book focuses on two young boys Shmuel and Bruno who come from very different sides but form a great friendship. This is quite different from other books because most books have happy endings but this most defiantly does not. I recommend this book for ages 12+

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  82. Paige said:

    The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas is a captivating and emotionally gripping novel written by John Boyne. This novel is one that enriches you in the political tension surrounded by War and Hitler. This novel views the world of politics through the eyes of the innocence being the main protagonist. It consists of many highs and lows, but a crucial aspect of the novel is the barb wired fence dividing the two young boys. It is truly symbolic in the sense that the fence represents the division of two worlds and physically tells the story of what politics is trying to enforce in so many people. This novel is a real eye opener that grips the reader. It really tugs on the heart strings and makes you wonder how the world can be portrayed through the eyes of an innocent. I recommend this novel to anyone who wants a different perspective on such a highly discussed issue.

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  83. This novel has taught be more than I ever thought I would about World War II and about everything Hitler did to Jews. I loved reading this book because I love they the author has written the book in a way that was easy for me to understand. I really like the concept of this book and the way the book has a fable to it which is that humanity can win of evil and inhanity.
    The Boy in striped pyjamas is a book about a boy named Bruno who lives with his family in Berlin until he is forced to move houses for his fathers job where he meets another little boy name Shmuel who lives over the fence in a jew concentration camp. Each day Bruno went and visted the boy and they became close friend. One day Shmuel tells Bruno that his father has gone missing and as Bruno loves to explore and investigate, he suggest that should go to Shmuel side of the fence and help look for his father. How ever when Bruno enters the other side of the fence things don’t quite go to plan.
    If you want to know what happens next you will just have to read the book! I would rate it 10/10 and i reccomend you read as it is amazing !!

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  84. The boy in the striped Pyjamas, was a book full of upset of a boy called Bruno living in a world full of secrets and lies, When bruno moved to out-with his world changed completely and the things he saw changed his perspective on the world.
    I recommend this book to people 9+

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  85. Billie said:

    I recommend that you read the book ‘Boy in The Stripped Pyjamas’ because it is one of those books that you just cant put down.
    I really like this book because it shows that people can still be friends even in the toughest of times. It shows that just because people come from different backgrounds, doesn’t mean they can’t be friends.
    This book is full of sadness, adventure and happiness at times, and it is based on true events.

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  86. We read this for English In year 8! It was truly an amazing book and it made me cry. This book shows you the life of two boys but they live a very different life to each other. This book shows you the hardships of living in Germany at that time. It is truly a really good read and is a good book to read if you want to learn more about the time where Hitler ruled. I give this book a 7/10!!

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  87. Kiarne said:

    Simply a tragic yet truly inspiring novel. I never usually read but after reading this book, I didn’t realise how many emotions would be triggered. This is a tragic story of a young boy and his friendship with a little boy Bruno, who was in a concentration camp. This novel significantly focussed on the horrors of war and how damaging it really can be. It’s a novel with quite a shock and horrific scenes, but only to signify the horror of war. I would recommend this novel to high school students as it’s not quite appropiate for 8 year olds. But overall, I loved the message the author portrayed, and its really moving in giving us a sense of purpose and not letting anything as tragic and horrific as war to happen.

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  88. I really enjoyed reading the boy in the striped pajamas because it had a really interesting story line, I couldn’t stop reading. Even though it was sad, I never wanted to put the book down. My favourite part of the book was when Bruno met Shmuel for the first time, because it was really touching how they got along so well and how he continued visiting him day after day. My favourite character was Bruno because he was so kind and did anything to try and be with his new friend, Shmuel. My least favourite part of the book was when the Nazis were gasing the Jews, because it was very shocking and sad. I would recommend this book to anyone because it is a nail biter. It would recommend it for anyone 12+ because it is quite confronting, but I would still rate it 9/10.

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  89. linara said:

    This is has a lot of feelings when you read it. The book has a lot of emotion in it even when you start reading it. When you read this book you get all the feeling and it makes you think deeply about what if this happened to you. This book shows a lot of friendship between the two boys and it shows how strong their friendship was even though they were fenced.

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  90. linara said:

    The book ‘the boy in the striped pyjamas is a good book about friendship. It is about 2 boys who start to bond and at the end there is a very sad bit.

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  91. N.Reid said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a heartwarming, touching book that I would recommend for any age above 13 years old. It tells the story of a young boy named Bruno living in Berlin who suddenly has to leave his big house and his best friends, because of his fathers new job. The place he moves to is boring for him, and he does not enjoy it at all until the day he finds a young boy named Shmuel who is stuck in a concentration camp because of his faith. This book gives an insight on the Holocaust through the eyes of innocent. rated 8/10

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  92. Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a touching book that I would recommend for readers aged 12+. It tells the story of a young boy, Bruno, living in Berlin who suddenly has to leave his big house and his best friends for life to go live in a place called Out-With. Bruno DOES NOT like Out-With! He can’t think of one thing that is good about until one day he finds another young boy who for some reason is wearing striped pyjamas and is separated from Bruno by a wire fence. This boys name is Shmuel and himself and Bruno create a beautiful friendship with a shocking ending. This book will take you on a journey through what life was like in war times and all of it through the perspective of an innocent 9 year old boy…. 8.5/10!

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  93. Isobel said:

    This book is a must read! I could not put it down and had to read it all at once. henever i read about World War 2, or any war i feel really sad for those people who risked their lives, and who got captured and all the innocent people who died for others’ ignorance.
    I loved reading the boy in striped pyjamas, and so did many other people. I have to read this for yr8 english and I will probably read it again before we start to study it. This astounding book is incredible giving you such an insight into the days of world war 2 through the eyes of a young 9 year old named Bruno. I won’t say what happened as I don’t want to give it away to the people who haven’t read the book. I would rate this book a 9 ½ out of 10 and I would recommend it for ages 13+. I would definitely recommend reading it.:)

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  94. I absolutely LOOOVE the book “The Boy in Striped Pyjamas” because it is a beautiful story based on the friendship of two young boys with both totally different backgrounds, yet so much in common. I love the connections the two boys had and how they became great friends, I just fell in love with heir friendship. I like the ending because I think it is really creative but it is so sad. If you haven’t read this book I can ensure that you will ball you eyes or share a tear. I suggest that you watch the movie because it is so good that it give you a better idea of what the characters might look like because in the book I feel like the author doesn’t describe enough what the characters look like. But over all I love this book very much and i could read it over and over again. I hope you will or did enjoy it as much as me.
    I give this book a solid 10/10

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  95. The boy in the striped pyjamas is extremely sad but also full of information and history about the Nazis and the Jews. I really enjoyed reading this book even though some of the parts are quite upsetting and wanted me to cry many times over and over again. Bruno is a young boy and really has no idea what his father does for a job. Greta is Bruno’s sister she is only 12 and thinks she is about 21 because she wants to be called and act older.
    Pavel is my favourite character because he is so wise and is such a kind person he knows it is not Bruno’s fault about his father and takes more of an interest in Bruno and not Gretal because Pavel can see Gretal is more like father.
    Over all it is a great book/movie.

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  96. I have just recently read the book the boy in the striped pyjamas as a part of English. At the start of this I actually wasn’t really enjoying it because I had no idea on what was going on and needed to learn more about the time of the Holocaust. Once I got through the book I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down. It was very emotional and had my heart beating faster and faster towards the ned when I finally wanted to burst into tears. It’s definitely a must read and I rate it an 8/10.

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  97. I read this book in Year 8 for school and absolutely loved it. Although it was such a sad story, it was written perfectly so we could see what life was like for those poor Jews. This is definitely a must read as the Boy in stripped Pyjamas is about a young boy called Bruno, who is very rich and his dad is in the German Army and meets a young Jewish kid at a concentration camp. Such an amazing book, which i would give a 10/10. Such a shocking conclusion to end with but a great read!!

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  98. This was such a touching book! I really enjoyed the story and I was learning new things at the same time. I never knew how horrid people could be and it was really upsetting to know that part of the book was true. I was unsure of whether Bruno’s parents were doing the right thing because I know that they were only trying to protect him by burying the truth about the war, but on the other hand, he would have understood and informing Bruno about this could have changed the ending and saved tragedy from striking. I thought so much about this book after I finished because I had so many unanswered questions. It is a really great read for anyone 12 or over, whether you like war books or not. I would give this book a 9 out of 10 because I was so interested in what people really did during world war 2 and I loved how it was written from a young boy’s perspective.

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  99. Boy In Striped Pyjama’s is a wonderful book showing friendship and loneliness. As soon as I started this book I couldn’t put it down. This is a must read for ages 12+. My favourite character is Shmuel because he shows us how the Jews lived. I rate this book a 9/10 🙂

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  100. ‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne is one of the most powerful and enthralling novels I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. It follows the story of a very young boy named Bruno and is set during WW2. Bruno grows up in Berlin, before he has to move houses to the countryside, where he lives near a Jewish concentration camp. One day he meets Shmuel, a Jewish boy who lives in the concentration camp. From there on Bruno visits the camp almost everyday, until something very terrible happens. This book is filled with adventure, sadness and is a fantastic insight in the lives of people during this time period. I would rate this book an 8 out of 10, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a sad but enjoyable read.

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  101. This book ‘The boy in the striped pyjamas’ is a great read! It is about a boy who’s life is changed when his family moves to a new home called ‘out- with.’ Bruno, the young boy becomes lonely in his new home so he goes exploring a finds himself a friend but his friends company isn’t all that comes with him, he and bruno find them self getting into a whole lot of trouble… This book was sad at times but I loved it, I would the this book a 8/10 and i recommend it for 10 year old and older 🙂

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  102. I really enjoyed reading The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. Even though we had to read it for school I did still enjoy it and couldn’t put it down until I had finished.

    John Boyne is the author and has written the book in the perspective of a young 9 year old boy, called Bruno.
    Bruno is quite unaware of his surroundings and just thinks everyone is having fun playing a game without him, really he is seeing people sad and miserable.
    He is defiantly my favourite character out of the whole book, because he is very adventurous, caring and inquisitive.

    The book is set at “Out With” camp during the war, and Adolf Hitler is in charge. It is devastating to see the things that take place, but it is different to see a child’s perspective on the situation.

    I rate this book a 8/10, and I would recommend it for ages 9+
    Enjoy 🙂

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  103. This is a beautiful book and movie! If your anything like me you should have a box of tissues near by.
    Its all about when Bruno a child, returns home from school one day, he discovers that ll his belongings are being packed up. His father got a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

    But Bruno wants to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this isolated new place than meets the eye. While exploring this new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

    I rate this book and movie a 9/10!

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  104. The Boy in the striped pyjamas is a very sad book. It is beautifully written and explains all the details so I can picture it very well. I rate this book 10/10 because it is so touching.

    Bruno is my favourite character because he is so adventurous. It is a bit funny how he thinks that the Jews clothes are Pj’s when they are set uniforms.

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  105. Imogen Dow said:

    The boy in the stripped pyjamas is a book that includes every emotion you could possibly think of! An innocent boy named Bruno had to leave his friends, family, house and school for his dads work. Bruno doesn’t like his new home because he has no friends or anywhere to go to school. Bruno loves exploring so one day he snuck out of his house and went exploring to find some friends. After walking for hours his saw a boy behind a fence that seemed to be really upset. Bruno and his new friend shmuel are the same age and their birthdays are on the same day. Bruno doesn’t understand why Shmuel is on the other side of the fence and he wasn’t aloud to be. One day bruno planned that he will shave his head and wear an old pear of stripped pyjamas and go over the fence to see what is there. he went over the fence and it started to rain so he thought that he should go home but shmuel said no. The soldiers took them to a room with million of there people and told them to take their clothes off and to go into the next room. Bruno followed the rules thinking that the were getting some shelter from the rain. What will happen to Bruno? Where will he go?

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  106. Emily said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a very emotional book. It is about a young German boy called Bruno who has to move to a different place called ‘Auschwitz’ but he pronounces it as ‘Outwith’ and he meets another young boy called Shmuel who is Jewish, although he is on the other side of the fence. Bruno meets up with Shmuel each day and thinks Shmuel has a better life because there are other kids on his side of the fence who Shmuel can play with (but Bruno doesn’t know what is really happening). This book is really sad because Bruno doesn’t know what is going on over the other side of the fence and what trauma Shmuel is going through. It is especially sad because Bruno’s father is a German soldier who tortures the Jews. I would recommend this book to ages 11 and up because even though it is a fake story, it is based on what was going on when Hitler ruled. I rate this book a 9/10.

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  107. I have recently finished reading the boy in the striped pyjamas. It is a great book and i really loved it but at the end it was a bit sad. I think this would be a great book for any one who likes reading about concentration camps and refugees. I would rate this book a 9/10

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  108. This is a great book at first I found it difficult to get into but once I started I couldn’t stop. This novel has it’s happy moments and its sad, I find it interesting how a young boy could teach such a valuable life lesson even at such a young age. Though the two young boys had huge differences the strong friendship between them boys was wonderful to see. Despite the hatred between both there cultures they forget all that and learn so much about one another and create a huge bond. I love how the author has used two young vulnerable boys who are basically the same to show that they are the same though one is Jewish and the other is German. I recommend this book to people who like war but not war as you would think from a young childs’ perspective, I would give this book an 8/10.

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  109. I really enjoyed the book, the boy in the striped pyjamas. This book is about a little boy; Bruno, who had a wonderful life with his 3 best friends for life and his house in Berlin with 5 floors until one day he is forced to move to a horrible place called Out-With because of his father’s job. Although he meets a new friend; Shmuel which makes his time at Out-With enjoyable. My favourite part of this book is when Bruno meets Shmuel and Shmuel tells him his story and why they are here. My least favourite part of the book is the ending but I wouldn’t change it because it is loosely true. I would recommend this book to others who love sad books and even want to learn a little bit about World War 2

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  110. We had to read boy in striped pyjamas for school and I really enjoyed reading it. It is a must read and is certainly a whole lot better than the movie. It is a truly touching story. It shows us how powerful friendship really is. It shows us how despite the differences between Bruno and Shmuel the power of friendship overcomes this obstacle and creates a bond between these two characters. It is set in world war two. Bruno is a young innocent little boy, who has been forced to move houses. One day he goes exploring and meets Shmuel, a young boy living in a concentration camp. Despite the differences of these two, they still become very close friends. I would recommend this book to many and rate it 9.5/10.

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  111. The boy in Striped Pyjamas is a must read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book is definitely better than the movie. It takes us on the emotional journey of Bruno and his friend Shmuel in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. Bruno is innocent and doesn’t understand the cruelty of the outside world. I would give this book a 9/10, it is a very sad story but very gripping and addictive. I would recommend this book to people of ages 13+ as it has concepts that may be difficult for younger children to grasp.

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  112. I have recently finished reading the book ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ and was amazed about how third world countries or different religions are treated. This book was set in Germany WW11 and is about a nine year old boy called Bruno and his family. Bruno’s family was very wealthy as his father was the German Commander. They lived in a 5 story house in Berlin and had serval maids and chefs. Bruno loved life in Berlin as he had many friends and knew lots of people in the community. Bruno was heartbroken when he found out that his father had to move to another place far from Berlin and Bruno and his family have to move as well. When they arrived at the Out-With Bruno realised that it was nothing like Berlin, there were no children to play with, there were no shops and cafes and there was a massive wire fence separating Bruno from the other side. The fence continued as far as Bruno could see and he always wondered why it was there. One day Bruno explored the wire fence and came across a boy on the other side of the fence. Bruno introduced himself and so did the other boy called Shmuel. Bruno noticed everyone on the other side of the fence was wearing the same clothes that looked like striped pyjamas. Bruno didn’t understand why everyone was wearing striped pyjamas and why they were on that side of the fence. He could see soldiers ordering the striped people around and guns being fired. Bruno asked why and how Shmuel got there but you have to read the book to find out. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading out the olden days, how the world use to be ruled and what happened to the Jews. It is a very sad story that will be very hard to forget. This book is also a movie which is a bonus!!! Check out the book today and read the second book called the ‘Boy on the Top of the Mountain.’

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  113. Rebecca said:

    This is a great book an I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something new. This book is about a young boy named Bruno who has to move somewhere completely different to his home town because of his dad’s job. He then meets a friend over the other side of a fence made for the Jewish men. I really liked this book and think anyone over the age of 13 can read it. I rate it an 8/10

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  114. Olivia Skrnjug said:

    I love this book so much, it’s very sad and passes on a strong message. I really enjoy following Bruno’s journey and imagining what he sees in his eyes. It’s a very touching story and it leaves your heart broken. There is also a movie that goes with this book, if you haven’t seen it, and love this book I recommend you watch it!

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  115. Madison Antonac said:

    This book is definite must read. I loved it. The end of the book was so sad though. It is about this little boy the grows up innocent in a rich environment but then everything changes. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys sad endings or depressing sort of books. Its one of my favourites!

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  116. This is a great book and everyone should definitely read it. My favourite character was Bruno and my favourite part was when Bruno went under the fence to go help Shmal find his dad. It is very interesting and also very sad. I think that everyone would enjoy this book.

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  117. This book is incredible. Although this book is studied in year 8, it is a worthwhile read. Shows friendship and love between two innocent boys who are meant to be enemies but come together to be best friends. Show the point of view from the Bruno’s perspective and moves the reader. Make sure to have tissues because you’ll be in for a good cry. The books based around WW1 and shows the hardships and torture the Jews were put through.
    A thoughtful story.
    9/10 🙂

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  118. Isabel said:

    This book is such a great book.It is basically about a boy named Bruno who moves to another place because of his dads job. There new home is in the middle of nowhere but he soon got curious and went to explore where he was not allowed to go. He soon meets a boy about the same age as him who lives on the other side of the fence. This story is a very sad yet a heartwarming book.I would recommend it for anyone who likes a good story.

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  119. Paris Ruggeri said:

    This is book is the saddest book I have ever read. It is about a 9 year old boy named Bruno and his family. The family move to a new city. The father works for he nazi Germany group but the wife does not know that and Bruno meets this boy Shumel (who is a jewish boy) become best friends but when Bruno’s parents tell him he cant talk to Shumel, he is lost. The ending is sad so if you like sad and friendship books, this is the book for you.

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  120. This book is an absolute must read and I loved this story. This story brings out all different emotions such as anger, fear, happiness and definitely sadness. I don’t normally like books with sad endings but I loved this book and the way it was written through the eyes of a young innocent victim. This book is about a young boy named Bruno who has a great life in Berlin until he has to move because of his father’s job. Their new home is in the middle of nowhere and he becomes curious and wanting adventure for the place he can see outside his window. Behind the fence is where his friend Shmuel lives now. Each day he goes to visit him until something happens. I recommend this book to anyone but mostly people who like sad endings as well as happy. I give this book a 5/5 absolutely.

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  121. Bianca said:

    The Boy In Striped Pyjamas:
    I read and watched this movie last year, in year 8. I found it really sad how Bruno’s dad worked with Hitler without Bruno even knowing. A father should never hide anything from his son. It’s just not right, but he would have done that to protect his son and daughter. Bruno meets a boy at the fence whose name is Shmuel, he has the same birthday as Bruno which is exciting. I won’t spoil it now because I believe you should definitely read this book to understand what they did in the past and why it’s wrong today. I recommend this book for those aged 12+ and who are able to take on sad things. I rate this book an 8/10 🙂

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  122. I usually don’t read many books but The Boy in Striped Pyjamas hooked me in when I read the first page. What I love about this book is the innocence of Bruno throughout the whole novel. He doesn’t understand I read this book for a school essay and I found it really interesting and learnt a lot about this terrible time. The ending is really sad and made me cry 😦 But overall this book is a must read. i would recommend it to ages 12+ because it does have somethings that may be disturbing to younger people. And I would rate it a 9/10 because it was a really well written book that never got boring. If you haven’t read this book I would highly recommend it and the movie is just as good!!!:)

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  123. Before I read “The boy in the striped pyjamas,” by John Boyne, I thought it was going to be a very dry and boring text but I was wrong. It got straight into it and it was thrilling from the start to the end. My favourite character was Bruno’s mother because she was so gentle and loving towards everyone, even the jews. I loved this book because it didn’t end happily. Every book I read, always ends happily so I liked that it ended unexpectedly. My least favourite part in the book was when Bruno told lieutenant Kotler that he had never seen Schmuel in his life and that they were not friends. I found that bit very sad and I was quite annoyed at bruno for saying those horrible things. I recommend this book an 8/10 because could have put more interesting things in the not so exciting sections of the book. I think not many children under the age of 12 would understand this book so I think that 12 and up is a good age to read this book. But I would still recommend it to everyone because overall I loved it!

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  124. This book is so sad!!!!! I did like this book, I thought it was a great read. My favourite part of the book was when Bruno meets Shmuel, because they were so cute, and it was the start of a great friendship. They introduced each other, and found out that they had a lot of things in common. I had to read this for school last year, and I had read it previously, and I thought that doing it in class would ruin the book, but it made me understand what the writer was trying to teach us by writing the book. My favourite character in the book is Shmuel, because he is really nice to Bruno, and excepts him, even though he knows that it is his father that is responsible for the condition that he lives in. He cares too much about Bruno to tell him what is actually happening at the concentration camp. My least favourite part of the book is the end, because it is really sad. I don’t want to give the ending away for anyone who hasn’t read it, but it is definitely cry worthy. I would recommend this book to people who are 10 years and older, because it is quite sad, and is about a very disturbing topic.

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  125. The book ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ is a beautiful book written by John Boyne. I would recommend it for anyone over 14 years of age. This book has so many morals and lessons to be learned. I didn’t necessarily have a favourite character because i feel that all the characters had a significant impact to create such and amazing book. ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ is a very sad and confronting book but is well worth reading. The ending was very sad, however without an ending like this readers would not experience and learn about the correct history. I rate this book a 9 out of 10!

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  126. Amelia said:

    This is definitely one of the most saddest books and movie I have ever seen and read in my life! I strongly agree that every human should read watch Boy in the striped pyjamas to see how discriminating our society was in the 1940s’. It is such a beautiful story with a very up setting ending.

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  127. This book was amazing. I like reading books about WW2 so this was very good. It is about a boy called Bruno and his dad is a Nazi. He has so move to place that is right next a concentration camp, but he has no idea what this camp is or anything about the war. Bruno makes friends with a Jew on the other side of the fence. Little did Bruno no that this friendship would end in a disaster. The conclusion is shocking and left me in tears but it is a must read. I rate this book 10/10. ( there is also a movie that is equally shocking and compelling)

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  128. Paris said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a beautiful book (and movie) explaining World War II and the Holocaust. The book is a touching and inspiring read through the eyes of a little nine year-old boy called Bruno. Bruno’s dad works for Hitler and the Nazi Party and therefore Bruno gets caught up in the madness of the war. He meets a small jewish boy called Shmuel who is in a Concentration Camp and they exchange life stories. The movie is just as good and I love both of their characters. The ending is extremely sad and I will admit that I did cry. I don’t usually read books but this one was so good I was able to finish it within 2 days! I would recumbent this to anybody over the age of 12 as there is lots of violence and the ending is so sad!! I would rate this book (and movie equally) an 8.5 out of 10 because it was very well done but I think could have matched the movie/book better. Overall this book is definitely worth the read and the movie definitely worth your while 🙂

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  129. The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas is defiantly a must-read book. The book is set in Germany during the the second world war. It is an inspirational book but is has the saddest ending, if you don’t mind a bit of an emotional book this is for you. This book pulls you in and you just don’t want to put it done and you want to finish it straight away. I would defiantly recommend this book to every one but prepared to cry

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  130. The Boy in the Striped Pyjama’s is a heartwarming story about Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, who finds and befriends Shmuel. Shmuel is a young Jewish boy who is trapped in a Concentration Camp.

    Bruno knows that Shmuel should be kept a secret, and so everyday, he sneaks through the house and through the forest so he can see Shmuel. Bruno doesn’t understand that Shmuel can not get out of the camp and can’t play with him. Shmuel wears his camp uniform everyday, which Bruno affectionally refers to as ‘striped pyjama’s’.

    This book is beautifully written and shows the cruel, but soft side to Nazi Germany. Although, Bruno’s Father, so adamant in his ways, is the head of the Camp, Bruno is young and indignant to the horrors that are going on around him. John Boyne has a gift for making his writing vivid and powerful. The images of the story clearly come through and although sometimes horrifying, mostly, true friendship shines stronger than anything else.

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjama’s is an expertly written books that gives younger readers an insight into World War II. This was a most enjoyable books that tugged on the heartstrings. Top marks for this books. A great read for anyone.

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  131. We have learnt from history various times that in trying circumstances human efforts to create the best of humanity fall ever so low. Yet there are the brave ones, who realise that when they’re no longer able to change the situation, they are challenged to change themselves. These are the people that show great acts of love and kindness. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a parable novel that shows us experiences from World War Two in Auschwitz. We learn about a fence, one fence that changes the lives of two young boys forever… In the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas we see that the hardness and unfairness of the situation change people. Some become weaker but some become stronger and more determined. Throughout this book we see acts of courage, friendship and innocence along with great acts of speaking out against injustice. This book really is sad I recommend a box of tissues right beside you as you read it. I rate The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 10/10 and I think that you all would love it!

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  132. Coco B said:

    This book is so incredible.
    The simple and optimistic way it is written contrasts to the monstrosities of the story behind the pages.
    Nine year old Bruno is the son of a highly-ranked commandant in World War II. Bruno and his family move to ‘Out-With’ or Auschwitz, because the ‘Fury’ or the Fuhrer (Adolf Hitler) has set Bruno’s father to run the death camp.
    But next to his new home, an adjoining wire fence looms high over his head. He knows nothing of its meaning or purpose.
    Until he meets Shmuel, the boy on the other side of the fence, who like the hundreds of other people in Out-With, wear a uniform of striped pyjamas. He tells him of how he came to be here, the soldiers, the hate and despair of this place.
    With his newfound information, Bruno slowly feeds an inkling of the world on the other side of the fence.
    I have never read a book quite like this. With such an innocent narrator, the true power of the story is up to the reader to feel and find out. I feel disgusted at the appalling and genocidal crimes being inflicted onto the Jews, those poor people who did nothing wrong.
    This is a book to haunt the mind for days after the last page is turned.
    10/10

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  133. Before I go more in depth about the novel, I just wanted to say that I much prefer the movie over the book of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. I didn’t enjoy this book at all really. I found learning background information a lot more interesting than reading the novel and digging into the history behind World War II. I really did not like the naive characters and how little that the German families really knew and understood of the goings on to rid of Jewish culture and their people. The whole plot line of the novel make me angry and I hated reading out the tortures they went through. It was sort of confusing at times as well since a lot of the references were small and subtle. I really did not take any pleasure is reading this novel. I do however want to read a journal or diary from a camp prisoner one day – something less innocent and container characters who know what is going one. This book I’d rate a two out of ten. The style really did not suit my taste in books.

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  134. Paige said:

    This novel portrays the true magic of innocence and crossing the boundary of race and religion to find friendships. Often in books the visuals are quite hazy but the real tales behind the words in this novel visually explain the dark and disturbing scenes in which the protagonist Bruno experiences.

    The child like innocence in which Bruno carries is never shattered even when he found himself in the Nazi death camp. He was always the adventurous type, finding clues, discovering new areas which lead him to a fence that divided him from a new world. Bruno always went out to discover, looked for things in particular, but looking out the window was enough for him to set out on a new discovery.

    Bruno discovers the tough and miserable lives of the young boy in the Stripped Pyjamas but covers it with his pure innocence. He remained the same all throughout the text until a series of unfortunate events occurred meaning that one was now lost.

    I would recommend the Boy in The Stripped Pyjamas to anybody looking for an emotional read as well as a politically biased view. It captures the emotions felt in the past and showcases the real pain felt. I would recommend this book to anybody over the age of 13 as some scenes are quite gruesome and really do have an emotional impact.

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  135. The real magic of this book is in it’s innocence. Although, as a reader we can most likely guess at the real tales behind the dark and often disturbing scenes Bruno witnesses, the explanations he creates for them are both endearing and frustrating, the latter primarily because, as the reader, you find that you want Bruno to actually discover the truth about what is right outside his window. This child-like innocence is never shattered, even within the heart of a Nazi death camp. This charm is of course one of the best features of the novel, and allows for an enjoyable and thought provoking read about the second world war and the innocence both retained and lost throughout it.

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  136. I would recommend the book The Boy in Striped Pyjama’s. This book is amazing, and it gives you an amazing insight on what really happened during the holocaust. The book is about a little boy named Bruno who is forced to leave his wonderful home in Berlin and go live near his dads work, which turned out to be next to one of the Jewish camps called Auschwitz, or how Bruno says it, Out With. Bruno can see the camp from his window, and since he is young, he doesn’t understand what it is. The book goes through Bruno’s life at the new house, and one day he ends up meeting a boy, a Jewish boy. At this time in history Germans are not supposed to like Jews, and so the Jewish get treated very badly and Bruno shouldn’t become Shmuel’s friend, but he does. Overall this book is heartwarming and shows you that no matter how different you are you can still be friends with who ever you want. I would like to recommend this book to anyone 13-14 and over.

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  137. I recommend the book ‘The boy in the striped pyjamas’ written by John Boyne. I like this book it was easy to read and I didn’t want to put it done. It was set at the start of world war two in berlin then moved to Out-with (Auschwitz) a concentration camp in Poland. It is written from Bruno’s view, while reading through this book you can see how innocent he is with what was going on around him. This book gives you a good view into what was going on with the war. I would recommend this book for ages of 12+. I rate this book a 9 out of 10.

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  138. I think this book is very sad but it shows what like was like when Hitler was in charge. This book really touched me and I think that it would be good to anyone who needs a cry or would like to learn more about life when Hitler was in charge through a child’s eyes. My favourite part of the book is when Bruno finds Shmuel and finally has someone to talk to. Shmuel is my favourite character by far because he is so nice and innocent but he is a Jew and is not meant to be talking to Bruno. My least favourite part of the book is when Bruno gets so excited to go over to the other side of the fence because something really bad happens (I don’t want to spoil it) because it’s so sad. I recommend this book to anyone who likes books that touch you and wants to know hat happened during that period of time. I rate this book 8/10! 🙂

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  139. Georgia said:

    This is such a sad book, but it is wonderful. It is set in Germany during WW2. One day the main character, Bruno, comes home to find the maid Maria packing his clothes into a suitcase. This was the day his life changed forever. The family move to a large house next to the concentration camp of Auschwitz, and Bruno decides to go exploring, which leads to disaster. This is a must-read, even if you hate sad books. I recommend this to anyone over the age of 13 and rate it a 8/10 🙂

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  140. May.OC said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, What can I say! It was overall a fantastic book with an ok amount of sadness. Bruno and his family have moved from Berlin, their amazing house, to Auschwitz concentration camp. Bruno hates his new home and plans on making friends. Only little did he know that this was a terrible decision. Being German it was not good to be visiting Jewish boys. Bruno is a great character who has been cleverly made by the author. For readers, I would say that the book would be suitable for people around 10 years and above as it does have a bit of death in it but thats for another time. I rate this book an 8 and a half out of 10 as it could have been a bit better in some bits but overall a really good book.

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  141. I was so excited to read Boy In The Striped Pyjamas but sadly I was let down by the book.It’s set during Second World War in Berlin and Poland-Auschwitz where the concentration camp is located.
    This book is from a little boy Bruno’s view and seeing as he is 9 years old he has no idea what’s gong on in the war.Also because he is so young you don’t find out any actual facts about what it was like living in Auschwitz.
    It was also a little slow at the start but it is still an adequate read.
    I rate this novel 7/10.

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  142. Gabby said:

    I read The Boy in the striped pyjamas for year 8 English and it was really interesting and informative. The story of Bruno who is born into a time where his beliefs make him stuck in a war between the Germans and the Jews. His innocent and clueless about what’s happening around him – seen in the scenes in the film and book. His also the son of the Nazi Commandant. Although Bruno thinks his Dad is the best man to have walked the earth and cares for everyone when in fact he doesn’t. In this story Bruno moves house and has no friends or people at Aushwitz (Outwith) to mix with. Suddenly Bruno meets another boy from the ‘other side of the fence’ and feels the urge to befriend him. This book captured my interest from the very start and the descriptive language helps express the feelings of the people living in the time of the holocaust. I enjoyed reading it and learnt many things about WWII. The ending showed that the children in this time were not aware of the happenings in the community. This is a good book and one most will enjoy learning about. I wouldn’t change anything because it’s quite informative and interest and I really nenjoyed my first read of The boy in striped Pyjamas. I would recommend it to anyone over 10 who wants to read a powerful novel about life in the time of the holocaust!

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  143. I read The Boy in the striped pyjamas for year 8 English and it was really interesting and informative. The story of Bruno who is born into a time where his beliefs make him stuck in a war between the Germans and the Jews. His innocent and clueless about what’s happening around him – seen in the scenes in the film and book. His also the son of the Nazi Commandant. Although Bruno thinks his Dad is the best man to have walked the earth and cares for everyone when in fact he doesn’t. In this story Bruno moves house and has no friends or people at Aushwitz (Outwith) to mix with. Suddenly Bruno meets another boy from the ‘other side of the fence’ and feels the urge to befriend him. This book captured my interest from the very start and the descriptive language helps express the feelings of the people living in the time of the holocaust. I enjoyed reading it and learnt many things about WWII. The ending showed that the children in this time were not aware of the happenings in the community. This is a good book and one most will enjoy learning about. I wouldn’t change anything because it’s quite informative and interest and I really nenjoyed my first read of The boy in striped Pyjamas. I would recommend it to anyone over 10 who wants to read a powerful novel about life in the time of the holocaust!

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  144. The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas is a must-read. This book is set in Germany during the the second world war and is so beautifully written with a sad ending, if you don’t mind a bit of an emotional book this is for you. This book pulls you in and you just want to try and finish it straight away. I rate this book an 8/10.

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  145. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a really sad book and I would recommend the book for 14+ and I would rate a 8/10

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  146. Wow, what a tragic death for Bruno and Shmuel I would never of picked it.If only Bruno understood what was really going on behind the wire fence. I loved this book it is a real nail biter I also enjoyed the movie. My favourite part was when Bruno and his family moved to out-with the author really expressed how they were feeling about moving, in words, very well. My favourite character had to be Bruno he is a little innocent boy always looking for adventure. I felt sorry for Bruno’s mother in some parts of the book, she has to deal with a lot of stuff that other mother don’t normal have to deal with.My least favourite part was when Bruno and Shmuel got killed, it is just a tragic ending, if I was in the families shoes at that moment I would be devastated. I would only change the differences between the book and the movie. In the book Bruno shaves his hair off before going over the fence but in the movie he just puts a hat over his head. I would recommend this book to people who like reading about the war history and adventures. Remember to have a box of tissues close to you because the ending is a killer. I would rate this book a eight and a half out of ten.

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  147. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is told from a nine year boy called Bruno’s perspective. This book is set in Berlin, Germany during the time of the second world war.

    One day when Bruno comes home from school and finds his maid packing his things into wooden crates “even the things he had hidden in the back of the cupboards that were his and only his.” Bruno soon finds out that he and his family have to move away from Berlin and to a new home because his father is a very important soldier and “a man to be watched.”

    When Bruno arrives at his new home, he dislikes it very much until he meets a boy named Shmuel who lives on “the other side of the fence” because he is a Jew.

    Through out this book you see Bruno and Shmeul friendship grow and you also start to understand why Bruno had to move away from his home in Germany.

    I love this book and if you are looking for a book to make you cry than this book is for. I absolutely love this book and I would recommend it to anyone from twelve onwards.

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  148. The book ‘Boy in the striped pyjama’s’ is a heartbreaking novel based on the history of World War 2 when the Nazi’s persecuted the Jews. It is a wonderfully written story and gives you such a deep insight into what happened in that time through the eyes of an innocent and adventurous 9 year old boy named Bruno. I read it this year for English and had no idea how emotional and truthful this book was until I read it. It is an amazing story about 9 year Bruno who lives in Berlin, Germany, in a 5 story house, who lives with his father who has a very important job involved with a man called the ‘Fury’ who is Hitler, his mother, and his sister who he thinks is a ‘hopeless case’. When they have to leave Berlin and move to a place far from home, that Bruno calls Out-with, Bruno is devastated and annoyed because he has left his 3 best friends for life. He absolutely hates the new house because there are no other houses in the ‘neighbourhood’ and no other kids for him to play with. When he looks out his bedroom window, he can see a huge wire fence running for miles, and beyond the fence, thousands of boys and men in striped pyjamas are there. He doesn’t know why they are there, but one day when he decides to go exploring, he meets a boy on the other side of the fence, who is sitting right at the edge of the fence. Over time, Bruno builds a strong relationship with the boy, oblivious to the discrimination happening that his father is involved in. But one decision could change everything. This is a book that showcases the innocence of a child and the bonds that can be made, not mattering whether they are the same as you o not, and a constant reminder of man’s ability of inhumanity. It definitely isn’t a book for the faint hearted and I rate it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend for people 13 and over as it is quite confronting. I really enjoyed this book and hope that so many people who read this too, learn about the inhumanity that man was capable of in WW2.

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  149. I loved reading this book in class. though the ending is sad its inspiring how Bruno’s and Shmuel’s friendship can last like that. i love how they both share their opinions of the world with one another each other. i would recommend this book to anyone but be prepared to cry. i give this book 10/10

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  150. This book is a subtle expression of a tragic truth, all portrayed through nine year old German boy Bruno’s eyes. Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel, a little jewish boy that lives over the fence from Bruno’s new house is grown from the two boys naive ignorance. They both have different opinions and views on the world. Sharing their reckoning, they grow close and loyalty is bonded between them. Oblivious to the social discrimination around them they form a friendship that will last as long as they live. This book is a devastating reminder for mans capacity for inhumanity. Everyone should read this book once in their lifetime, no matter how dull they feel it is, and how confronting the truth may be, this period of time is embedded into our worlds history. I cried and felt glum after reading this book. It is written in a gentle yet sickly way, you are constantly having sad realisations yet you cannot drop the book. This book was a 4 stars for me, I do admire the way John Boyne wrote, constantly feeding you information that is hidden beneath a story of innocence.

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  151. I have just recently a fantastic book called The boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne, i absolutely loved this book. My favourite part of the movie was when Bruno fell off his swing and the chef helped him, this was my favourite part because the chef was originally a doctor but now i chef, i found this part very interesting. I cannot relate to any characters before this was back in the 1940s. My least favourite part of the book was when bruno was left in the gas chambers, i didn’t like this because bruno is my favourite character. I would change bruno dying, and just being found, because this was a really sad part. I would definitely recommend this book, especially because it teaches a lot about the holocaust. I think the person that would enjoy this would would have to be interested in war and religion discrimination. I would rate this book 9 out of 10, I really enjoyed this book

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  152. The book boy in stripped pyjamas is a great book for an audience of teens to youngh adults. I wasn’t edited to read it but once i picked it up i enjoyed every page i flipped. My favourite part of the novel was when Bruno and gRetel sat on the bed together and they finally started to agree on something. My least favourite thing about the book was that it did drag on a bit. I rate it 8/10 and recommend it to ages 12+

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  153. Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has a slow start but after a quarter of the book I was on the edge of my seat. The book left me biting my finger nails wanting to know more and more information. My favourite part of the book is when Bruno and Shmuel are holding hands in the gas chamber. It is the most touching part of the book. I would recommend this book to people who are patient. I think the age group is 12+ because the book is quite hard to understand. I wish there was a second book because it is amazing!

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  154. The book,‘Boy in striped pajamas’ wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. When my sister came home and told me about the holocaust and Hitler I was extremely excited to read the book. As I began to read the book , i found it tiring and as it was told a child’s perspective,i found it hard to follow as I wasn’t entirely sure of what was going on the whole time. I must admit the book had times that touched my heart and made me tear up but overall I found the book quite poor. I rate this book 4/10 as it was unclear and left me confused about the holocaust and the second world war.I look forward to reading it again in a few years with some more knowledge of the war.

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  155. This book fascinated I was pulled in by the story line. I only knew a little bit about this time period after reading this book I feel like an expert. Coming into this book I had not much of a clue what it was about after reading a chapter I was hooked and interested in the life Bruno. I found the character relatable and easy to understand and imagine. As I read on the story got darker, as you began to understand the cruelness at the time towards other human just because of being another race I found it just unbelievable.
    I loved almost all of the character but I would have to say Pavel and Shmuel were my favourite. They were both such loveable caring characters I felt so much sympathy for them.
    This book was so sad and really opened my eyes I would rate it 9/10.

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  156. Georgia G said:

    I recommend The Boy In The Striped Pajamas to anyone that loves a great adventure and a good nice tear or two. It is based around the time when Hitler ruled Germany. the story is about a little boy Bruno who moves to ‘out with’ because of his fathers work as a nazi. Bruno soon discovers his life is dull without his friends from Berlin. He is a very adventurous boy so he goes walking one day and finds a camp. Where he meets a boy called Shmuel who is in a concentration camp.
    I loved this book because of the thrills of excitement, sadness and angriness while reading it. It is a very emotional book. But I would rate it 4 stars out of 5. My favorite character is Bruno I feel that when I read it I can connect my feelings and that we really relate. He doesn’t get told much and then tries to find the answers for him self. A historical book about a dull life of Bruno Of Berlin that becomes a sad tale.

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  157. I’m usually not a big reader, but I enjoyed reading this book for English. Although this book was very sad and quite disturbing, I really enjoyed reading it and I think it is very important for our generation to read this book, as it is based on true facts about the Holacaust. It was very sad yet I couldn’t put it down! I rate it a 9/10 and recommend it to 10+, as although it is a story of innocence it isn’t a very easy read.

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  158. I wasn’t to keen about reading this book but after I read the first three chapters I couldn’t put it down! I couldn’t fault or say anything bad about it. I started crying as soon as John Boyne mentioned the people in the stripped pyjamas. My favourite part would have to be when Bruno and Gretel are siting on the bed together and they finally agree on something. I would rate it a 10/10. I would recommend this book to 10+.

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  159. I remember reading this book for year 8 English, Boyne has really outdone himself. This book depicts a representation of the Holocaust through the use of two main characters, one of which, Shmuel, a cute little Jewish boy befriends an innocent German boy and all innocence is lost. This book did make me cry and I do recommend watching the movie AFTER you have read the book as they are slightly different and as you all are aware, the books are in fact always better than the movies.
    I give this book a 3/5 only because it made me cry, a lot. But it’s so beautiful so definitely give it a go 🙂

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  160. I just recently read The Boy in Striped Pyjamas over the holidays for English.
    This book is incredible and touching. How the boy ( Bruno ) goes and walks a mile away just to see his new best friend although they don’t get to play with each other they sat and talked about there lives. The end is incredibly sad how the two boys hold hands where they meet there last day of there lives. I read the book and watched the movie, I saw the movie 3 years ago and cried but in the book I new what was going to happen so I didn’t really cry that much.

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  161. I have just recently read this book for school. I don’t usually like or read books but this one was amazing. This fable has some vey good morals for us to take with us after we’ve read it. One of my favourite is your not born racist. I’ve also seen the movie but I suggest to read the book first then watch the movie. The books makes you picture everything in your head, whilst the movie tells you. I rate this book 8/10 and suggest it for 11+ for a middle difficulty read.

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  162. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
    I thought The Boy in Striped Pyjamas was really interesting as it was based on a real event in our history and it was nice to get an insight on what life would of been like in that period of time. However I didn’t like how naive Bruno was and I found it really hard to keep reading when he wouldn’t notice the obvious like what Shmuel was really going through and how lucky he was. My favourite part of this book is when Pavel helped Bruno with his knee because I think of Pavel as a bit of a hero and I really like hoe brave he was to even think of touching Bruno. I think my favourite character was Pavel because he seemed so wise and patient that’s why I found his fate so depressing. I rate this book a 9 out of 10

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  163. Annabelle said:

    During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father has just become commandant. Bruno the main character wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel, a Jewish boy of his age that is on the other side of the fence at the concentration camp. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys create a beautiful friendship. This book is filled with lots of emotions and will make you cry. It also teaches you a lot about the history behind it all. I recommend this book to 13 + and give it a 9/10. There is also a movie to it.

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  164. Jessica W said:

    I read a book recently called The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. This book is amazing, it’s only short but really touching. It is really sad and made me cry at the end. I read the book then saw the movie, the book was a lot better, if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, read the book first, then see the movie.

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  165. Isabella said:

    This book is about happiness and sadness, loneliness and friendship. It shows true friendship between a boy name Shmuel and Bruno. Sometimes friends can be seperated by the littlest of thing but these two boys can not be separated by a fence. Read thing book you will go on a roller coster of emotions. I rate this book 7/10

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  166. This book is something different then I would normally read and I really enjoyed it. I liked how when I finished it kept me wondering how Bruno had died. It made me upset when Bruno was told something about his fathers job and not knowing the full job. When Bruno meets Shmuel at the concentration camp, Bruno doesn’t know what the place is and why the fence is keeping him from the other side.
    My favourite character is Gretel because even though she wasn’t mentioned a lot, I liked following her journey from being a mean big sister to finally hanging around and caring more about her little brother Bruno. Over all I give this book a 9/10 because this book showed me how difficult it was during the Jewish Holocaust and I liked the book because it kept me wanting more and wanting to know what was on the other page.

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  167. This book includes sad and upsetting times during the holocaust, there is a little boy named bruno and he has no idea what his fathers job is, he just thinks he’s is the greatest man in the world but really he is apart of the German army and they were torturing and killing jews along with those who have diseases and many other types of people. Bruno meets a little boy named Shmuel and soon they become the best of friends, Shmuel is apart of the concentration camp but Bruno thinks this is just a big farm for he has not been told the truth. Everyday at noon they meet at the large intimidating fence to talk and maybe even play cards. Find out what happens in this interesting book.

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  168. Paris said:

    I have just finished reading this book for school over the holidays for the second time. But However I recommend that before seeing the movie you read the book first or otherwise you will be shattered with the ending. This book will take you on an emotional journey and will teach you so much about the Jewish Holocaust. This is a good read and i give it a good recommendation.

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  169. This book is very sad and honest, it shows the true horrors of the Jewish holocaust and the innocence of children is weaved through. Bruno has no idea of his fathers true job and is indifferent to the torturing of the Jewish. During the book Bruno meets Shmuel, a Jewish boy in a concentration camp and becomes friends with him. Regularly meeting him at the large intimidating fence that separated them. Find out what happens in this amazing book. Definitely a good read, I couldn’t put it down!

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  170. The boy in the striped pyjamas (book) is a wonderful and touching read. i loved it as I am really into holocaust stories and enjoy how it is spoken through the eyes of a little boy and how his perception of things are explained. Although it is very sad throughout the book, of course I love the part when he meets Shmuel because they discuss their differences. My favourite character is Shmuel, as he is such an innocent, cute and careful young boy and shows his personality of curiousity when he meets Bruno. I can relate to Gretel, or the Hopeless Case as Bruno states her, as I am an annoying older sister too 🙂 If I could change something, of course, it would be the part (SPOILER) when Bruno and Shmuel hear gunshots.
    I definitely recommend this to others because I loved it, but make sure you are at least over 11 as you a) might not be ready for it or b) might not like it. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy historic stories or about the holocaust, or people who love tear jerkers. Wonderful book, and the movie is also really well done.

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  171. I really enjoyed reading this book last year, as it showed War in a different context, and through the eyes of a young boy. It explores complicated friendships of different cultures and the cruelties inflicted by war. The friendship between Bruno and Shmuel brings light and companionship in the times of darkness that war brings. I would rate this book an 9/10.

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  172. Alyssa said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a wonderful book, containing an intriguing storyline and an array of interesting characters.
    This book highlights some of the events that happened during World War II, in the perspective of a nine year old boy named Bruno. Because of this, the book is narrated in a child-like perspective. The main character, Bruno, doesn’t quite understand the concept of war, and exactly why there are people, as he put it, in striped pyjamas behind the fence near his house.
    Bruno’s curiosity urges him to explore what is behind the fence, which leads him to find a friend named Shmuel, who lives in the neighbouring nazi death camp.
    This book explores many themes, including friendship, trust, war and curiosity.
    Some themes in this book are a bit confronting, which I found helped to really open my eyes to the devastation war causes.
    I would recommend this book to readers aged 14+, and rate it 8.5/10.

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  173. Sophia said:

    ‘The boy in the striped pyjamas’ is overall a really great book. I really enjoy reading about the holocaust and WW2 and this book is a really great introduction to it all, however before you start reading you need to know a bit about it because it doesn’t explain it in great detail as it is from a young boys perspective ‘Brono’s’ who’s only 9. Brono is the main character in the book and he is very compassionate and curious. He demonstrates great leadership and friendship. He is very obedient however from time to time he takes a stand for himself. Overall i really enjoyed this book and i would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about WW2 or adventures. I would rate it a 9.5/10

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  174. Olivia said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a wonderful book, I recommend to all because it teachers you a lot. After you read the book I guarantee that it will leave you in tears even if you are not one to cry. John Boyne has created a magical book about a boy who has moved away from everything he know because his father works for the German forces. While he is there he does meet a boy the same age as him and creates a strong relationship, it almost seem they have known each other for ages. I think it was very sweet of Bruno to help his friends find his missing dad, Bruno sure has a kind sweet heart.
    I rate this book an 8/10.

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  175. This is one of the most upsetting books I have ever read, I don’t think I have ever cried so much! This book is about a innocent boy name Bruno who encounters a boy sitting on the other side of a Nazi camp fence, unfortunately Bruno makes a decision to go to the other side of the fence and this decision effects love ones around him and his future. This movie made me so sad to see a young boy just wanting to make friends and help the boy on the other side of the fence. This book broke my heart it took me a few minutes to get myself back together again. I rate this book 7/10 and recommend to ages 12+

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  176. The boy in striped pajamas is one of my favourite books. It is so well written and the story line is very informative and harsh, but sadly true. John Boyne has given us a very thoughtful insight to a young boy, bruno’s world. Bruno lives in an age of racism, inequality and unfairness. One day Bruno is happy with his life, then dragged away from his friendly, fun-loving childhood to a horrible, grown up and harsh community of Out-With. There is no more playing with friends or “adventuring”, there is just rules and “boring stuff”. Until finally innocent bruno finds a friend. As his relationship with his new but different friend grows, Bruno uncovers and endures things a young 9 yr old boy should not. I really enjoyed this story for many reasons and it really opened my eyes to the world of Hitler and the Natzi’s and how terrible everything was in the 1930’s for many innocent people. Yes, I admit it, I cried at the end of this book, but those last few pages were definitely worth my tears. I’d rate this book a 9/10 and would recommend it to anyone from yr 7 upwards.

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  177. This was a book that I remember reading in year 8 last year.This book I would recommend this to everyone because this shows how friendship will always be there even in the darkest of time and the times in this book is in Germany around the 1930 Nazi’s era and how Bruno a smart boy has moved into a country that is right next to a jewish nazi camp and how he always wanted to explore and he comes upon a fence and their he meets shekel that lives on the other side.I love how this book captures such innocence of kids and friendship because it is an unbreakable bond. I would rate this 9.5 / 10

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  178. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a very heart warming book. I didn’t cry but I know many people did and it was very sad. I couldn’t believe the way they treated the prisoners, it was just awful. I showed such friendship between Shemeul and bruno it was just lovely how they became friends and Bruno didn’t understand why they were behind the gates and in striped pyjamas. I highly recommend this book to anyone, and I rate it a 7/10.

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  179. I loved the book ‘Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.’ I think it showcases the historic and slightly horrific reality of the past really well and can be used as a great tool to educate people with. It shows the importance of virtues such as friendship, kindness, loyalty and trust and presents this is a way that makes the reader think about it, it doesn’t just go in one ear and out the other, it sticks with you. My favourite part is when the unlikely friendship begins to blossom between Bruno and Shmuel, I just find that the way it is written beautiful. My favourite character was actually not the main character but Pavel, to me he is one of the best most generous people and has a heart of gold, the small things he does to help Bruno may not seem like much but the possible sacrifice behind them gives so much more meaning to them. I think that everybody can relate to Bruno and Shmuel in the sense that they’re finding and making new friends, except they are in a World War and in Germany. I wouldn’t change a thing in this book because it incorporates the perfect amount of factual information and fiction, it balances really well. I think the main type of people who would like this book are people who like history, those who enjoy tear jerkers and pretty much anybody it is just such a good book, I would definitely recommend it.

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  180. ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is a touching book that will leave you in tears. John Boyne has created a magical book about a boy who has moved away from everything he know because his father works for the german forces. While he is there he meets a boy the same age as him his name is ‘Shemeul.’ Shemeul lives on ‘the Other Side of the Fence.’ A place where Bruno is forbidden to go. Each day Bruno visits his new friend and they slowly bond and become very close.

    I highly recommend this book to someone with an interest about Hitler and how he ‘ruled.’ Please read this book it will leave you in tears because it is so beautifully written.

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  181. The boy in stripped pyjamas was a very touching book. It made me cry so much! I lay in bed wide awake thinking about how cruel they used to treat the jews. It made me angry how the dad treated the jews and without realising did it to his own son! It’s a very good book, I would defiantly recommend this to everyone!

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  182. Emily said:

    This book is so sad! It made me cry. I was angry that the dad could do this to other people, and then with out knowing, he did it to his own son. I liked how Bruno became friend with smual even though no one would want to become friends with them. I loved this book and i recommend this book to everyone!

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  183. Claire said:

    i read this book this year and i enjoyed it but the ending was sad so i didnt exactly like it because i like books with happy endings. This is about a young boy called bruno. He has a great life until his father gets a new job and they have to move. There new home is in the middle of nowhere and he becomes curious about a place that he can see outside his window. There is a place beyond a fence where all the immagrants are held. He meets a young boy about the same age as him who lives behind the fence, the young boy is called shmuel. Each day he goes to visit the boy and so on. I recomend it for people who love a sad ending. A good read

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  184. i found this book really has opened my eyes to what shmuals life was like in the concentration camp. I found that bruno was very sheltered from the real world, i feel this was why him and shmuals friendship worked. Bruno had a very vivid imagination that would sometimes get him into trouble but above everyone else i found him my favourite character. Overall l found this book a real eye opener and a bit of a tear jerker.

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  185. I liked reading the book ‘Boy in the striped pyjamas’ because I thought Bruno was such an intriguing character. You could feel the emotions that he felt and the joy that he experienced when he met Shmual. This book kind of frustrated me in the end because i knew what was going to happen and I just wanted to stop bruno from making that huge mistake. My favourite character would probably be bruno and Shmual because they were so young but so brave. I would think that people 13-14+ would enjoy and understand this book.

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  186. This emotional book is a real eye opener and provides a sad insight to a partial part of our history. The book in general is rather interesting and has fact intwined into its storyline. I found it rather glum and often had to be accompanied with tissues but without a doubt I took away a little more knowledge and a little more gratitude for my life. The main character Bruno is very naive which makes the book all the more emotional when he makes bad decisions, and is unaware of the judgement he is making and the consequences that may follow. The book in my eyes is one that shouldn’t be read by anyone younger than 13 as not only does some of the morbid scenarios throw you but certain parts would be tricky to understand. Overall this book is a certain tear jerker but really is a good read one that you certainly cannot put down. 4.5 stars from me.

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  187. darcieshum said:

    I think this book is very good but sometimes really sad. The book is so intriguing and as you read you cant stop! It shows a lot of friendship and kindness. The relationship between Bruno and Shmuel shows that friendship and kindness can cross the boundaries of race, religion and culture! The book is set in Nazi Germany where the Jews are known as the enemies. Bruno and Shmuel have the most amazing friendship and it is so realistic to real life now. They seem like they have been best friends forever but they have only just met in the book! My favourite character was Shmuel because he always forgives Bruno through what ever and how ever Bruno treated him especially when Bruno gave him food and he then got in trouble. That is a true friendship which they both show towards each other. Other than that the book has mixed emotions sometimes its happy sometimes its sad. I would recommend it for those over the age of maybe 13, mainly the film because there are a few scenes where it is very confronting to some people! Over all I rate this Book a 7/10 because I don’t really enjoy novels like this which are quite negative through out the book and then the film 8/10 because it is very well set out and the characters did a great job but it was really sad!

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  188. I think this book it amazing because it has a bit of happiness of when the two young boys bruno and shamble form an odd friendship in the depths of world war two, even though there friendship is though a barbed wire and is under high security from the nazi. But also sadness and heart pounding, when bruno goes into the camp trying to help his friend only to find it was not what he expected. My favourite character was bruno because when he moved into a new place all he wanted to do was make friends and when he finally did they really got along and all bruno wanted to do was explore a new world. I think this is a good book because it lets you imagine what it was like back then and how it is now and what a great life we have.

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  189. This is a life changing novel, it compels people to continue reading, a secret sensation talking about the Natzis and Jews.
    As much as I don’t want to spoil it for everyone let’s just say there’s a bit of a twist at the end that could or could not have a temporally impact on you. What ever happens at the start of the book creates an impact at the end.
    The Author clearly and efficiently gave us a insight of the miserable and traumatising ways of other peoples lives and how much we should be grateful that we are not living in such a misery

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  190. I recommend the book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. When we were told to read the book as part of a class project I thought that it would be one of those boring, run of the mill books, but I was very wrong. The book is centered around Bruno, a German boy who’s father works for the Nazi’s. One day while exploring Bruno comes across Shmuel, a young Jewish boy trapped within a concentration camp, and then their friendship begins to grow. I found the book very interesting and at times also quite daring, and I applaud the author for being able to convey such a horrible part of history without making it too over the top or undermining it. I found most of the interacting of the characters very interesting as well, as each character would react differently to things said. Also every character was very fleshed out and developed well, that from just reading the name of a character I was able to get a picture of the type of person they were and their personality. Overall this is an amazing book packed full of emotion, I would recommend it to ages 14+, as some of the themes are quite dark and disturbing. I would rate this book a 9/10.

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  191. Monique said:

    The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is a very interesting book which I learnt a lot from. There is a lot of emotions that come with this book and it was really hard o put down once you started to read. I really loved how the book showed a great lot of detail which helped you really understand what was going on. I really liked how Bruno and Shmuel related to each other so much even though they both had completely different lives. It was really sad to see how life really was back in those days and how people didn’t really have a chance in life depending of their culture. I think this book had a true meaning and story and I loved how it was kept all the way until the very end of the book. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely recommend it! 9/10

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  192. Georgia said:

    The boy in the Striped Pyjamas is an absolutely intriguing book which is set in a time of tragedy and greed. This book is written with such passion and description, that when I was reading it, I felt like I was Bruno and in his position. This book can be used for many purposes, it has such great potential, it can be used as a book purely for your own entertainment as to read, or it can be used as an educating tool, to show children what it was like during the time of Hitlers ruling over Germany. I’ve read this book many times and would definitely recommend it, once I started reading it I couldn’t stop.

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  193. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a tragic book. The emotions and cruelty through this book are breath taking. What happened to the jews through this book was awful but it showed what love and kindess is when we see Bruno and Shumel’s relationship sparkle. My favourite character in this book is Bruno. I love how courageous he is until very end of his life, Bruno kept his promise to Shumel which led to the ultimate scarfice that Bruno and Shumel experienced. I recomend this book to a lot of people because not only do you read a good book but you can learn how the jews were treated during this hard time.

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  194. I loved this book! It is a touching and emotional story. The main character is a little boy called Bruno. Bruno and his family move because of his fathers job, and right across from their new home is a Jewish Concentration Camp, only Bruno doesn’t know what it is. He is constantly asking his parents, “Why are they wearing striped pyjamas?”. One day Bruno sneaks under the fence and meets a boy, they then become friends. It is such a realistic and confronting story, I absolutely would give it a 10/10!!!

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  195. The boy in the striped pyjamas is an amazing book and i would recommend it to all people who want an inspiring story from the past. I loved the way the book was set speaking from the main characters view, even though this book is sad it’s truly worth it! I would rate this book a 8/10!

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  196. BOY IN THE STIPE PYJAMAS – BOOK

    Boy In The Stripe Pyjamas is such a sad book.

    I would have never of thought to read this book, but when I had to for Year 8 English.

    Bruno and Shmuel have the most amazing friendship. They seem like they have been best friends forever. In this movies I love how Bruno would go under the fence of the concentration camp just to help find his friends missing dad.

    When people say you will cry and you should have tissues with you, you will definitely need them during this book cause I sure did.

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  197. Karla HERIC said:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas is one of the saddest books I have ever read. I sympathise greatly with Shmuel because he has done nothing wrong, but is getting punished simply because he is Jewish. Bruno becomes friends with Shmuel when he comes across the fence while he is out exploring one day. His mother and father said he wasn’t allowed out there, but he still went usually bringing food etc. with him to give to Shmuel. The movie shows the great friendship two boys can have, and how cruel and harsh some people in the world can be. The ending of this book is quite sad, but I still recommend it to everyone as it is quite enjoyable seeing their friendship.

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  198. Emma Russell said:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas is an amazing book and i would recommend it to all people that find it fascinating reading about the past. I loved how he gave so much detail in the book making it so easy to understand. Its a sad book but true. It shows how the jews were treated and how Brono didn’t understand what was happening to his friend Shmuel.
    i rate this book 9/10

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  199. The boy in the striped pyjamas is an amazing book that shows the holocaust through the eyes of innocent young, Bruno. l found this book very intriguing and increasing sad every page turned. I loved how Bruno was so innocent but Shmuel was so weary yet wise for a nine year old boy. It was really interesting to get an insight into life during the holocaust from a german perspective. You feel so much sympathy and empathy for the characters in this book. I couldn’t help but want to go see the characters and tell them what is happening, such as why people didn’t come back from marches and why Shmuel’s only relatives at the camp were suddenly disappearing. I rate this book 8/10 and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an informative and emotional book.

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  200. Claire said:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas is an amazing book that shows the innocence of young children in the time of the nazi’s.
    Bruno is a young boy that lives in berlin and has a good life. His dad is in the army and is relocated. The family moves and soon enough they are living in a new house. Bruno discovers what he thinks is a farm and doesn’t understand why his parents wont let him visit is. He can see people in striped pyjamas. one day he wanders off finds a boy about the same age as him sitting next to the fence. The boy is called shmuel. They start a friendship that is full of curiosity.
    This book is good for anyone that enjoys a book about discovery and also about the nazi’s. it is informative as well as enjoyable. I highly recommend it!!

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  201. In this book there was so many emotions that went through you as you read it as there were so many elements to the story. I loved this book and the author was very clever in writing it. If I could change the ending I would make it so Bruno lives at the end and after shmuel dies he discovers the secrets he has been hidden from and forms an uprising in towards the Germans to show that he doesn’t follow in his fathers footsteps. I really like the way Bruno see’s the good in Shmuel and all the Jews after he is told what the concentration camp it all about. The best part in this book is when Bruno comes home to find Shmuel inside his house polishing the glasses. I really loved this book and I would recommend this to anybody as it is a book for all ages. I rate this book 7/10.

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  202. I really enjoyed this book!

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  203. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it anytime.

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  204. I had a love/hate relationship with this book.
    Firstly, I didn’t like how it was written. After a while you get used to it, but Bruno does tend to get on your nerves at times. Yet he is so innocent and you can’t help falling in love with him.
    You see my problem?
    This book was a pleasant and quick read up until the end. When it didn’t get so pleasant. The ending is abrupt and very sudden and had me re-reading the last couple of chapters a couple of times to understand what had happened. It was heartbreaking, but I didn’t cry because I don’t think I connected enough with the characters to cry.
    I commend the author for writing about such a sinister and cruel topic in the eyes of a clueless boy and it opens up your eyes to the events that did take place in WW2.
    7/10 11+

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  205. Darcey said:

    This is a beautiful story about a young boy during the second world war. It is a definite must read. it is very sad and I recommend if you read it keep a few tissue by your side. I loved this story it makes you feel every emotion and defiantly keeps you on the edge of your seat. Once you start reading it you won’t be able to put it down also you become so attached to all of the characters you feel like you have known them all your life. My favourite character was probably Bruno because he is so innocent and kind but I loved all of the characters. This book gave me a really great insight to what it was like during the war and made me relies how lucky iI was to be born when I was. I would recommend this book to people over 11 years old and would rate it a 10/10.

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  206. Claudette said:

    It was ages since I last read this book but I still remember almost every single detail of both the film and the novel..it really is a heartbreaking story that actually teaches you some lessons. I would recommend it for those over the age of maybe 13 (mainly for the film). You don’t so much see what happens, but it is sickening to witness. Overall a great story told through the lens of an eight-year-old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II. 8/10. 🙂

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  207. Bridget said:

    This book is a must read! I could not put it down and had to read it all at once. henever i read about World War 2, or any war i feel really sad for those people who risked their lives, and who got captured and all the innocent people who died for others’ ignorance.
    I loved reading the boy in striped pyjamas, and so did many other people. I have to read this for yr8 english and I will probably read it again before we start to study it. This astounding book is incredible giving you such an insight into the days of world war 2 through the eyes of a young 9 year old named Bruno. I won’t say what happened as I don’t want to give it away to the people who haven’t read the book. I would rate this book a 9 ½ out of 10 and I would recommend it for ages 13+. I would definitely recommend reading it. 🙂

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  208. This was the saddest book I ever read and will be the last. I am not of fan of sad books but this one was the best. My favourite character is Bruno as he has such a big imagination and doesn’t like the world he is in. He has a sister who is a big fan of Hitler, a mother who feels sorry for her children and a father who works for Hitler (sadly). They moved houses and Bruno missed his friends very much and didn’t have any when he moved. He loved exploring and was exploring the places around him. He meet a boy his age named Shmuel. Sadly he was a jew and Bruno wanted to help get out of the gate with his family. One day something tremendous happened and blew his family and friends away. This was the saddest part of the movie. 10/10

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  209. Tahlia said:

    I think this was a really emotional story if you are to read it I would say that you might need a tissue or two. My favourite charater would have to be Shmuel because he is so nice to become a friend with a boy that he didn’t know at the start and they had lots of chats but I think it is so sad that Bruno went under the fence and the went into the shower where they got gas by Hitler.
    I would give this book a 10/10 because this book is a book I want to pick up and not want to stop until I have read it cover to cover.

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  210. Ellie:) said:

    I thought that this book was really sad. But it has to be one of my favourite books. It is based on world war 2. A young boy called Bruno who’s dad works with adolf hitler. Bruno was really upset when him and his family had to move to the outside of a Jewish camp. He becomes friends with a young boy how is inside the camp and they have a incredible journey together. This book is really really sad but once you start reading it you just can’t put it down. i give this book a 9/10

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  211. Georgia said:

    I thought this was a really sad story! It is based in world war 2 about a boy who’s dad is in the army with Adolf Hitler and his family is moved to the out side of a Jewish camp so his dad can command there. He walks to the edge of the fence that separates him from the jews where he meets a boy who shares the same birthday as him. He would visit him and in the end he leaves his family forever to join him on in the camp where they arre treated very poorly. It is an amazing read and I would give it a 9/10.

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  212. Maddy said:

    I read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in 2 days! It was so interesting and exciting that I just couldn’t put it down! I have always been fascinated with the history of war and what it was like in those times. Before reading this book, I have been told quite a lot that something very sad happens at the end and I’ve always wanted to find out for myself. When I found out, I cried and I understood what everyone had been saying about this book. It truly is an amazing adventurous book that people would love. I recommend this book for 13 year olds and over because people younger than that may not understand what is happening. I rate this book a 9 out of 10

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  213. Quinn said:

    Boy in striped pyjamas is such a good book, but it is a really sad book at the same time. It is a good novel to read in english in year 7 because then you realise just how lucky you are. Going to school and not being stuck in a camp for basically the rest of your life. I really enjoyed reading this book and I couldn’t put it down at all. I think I read it in 3 days because I really enjoyed it. My favourite character is Bruno because he is just so clueless and innocent. Shmauel on the other hand is my second favourite character because he is just so cute and innocent as well. Towards the ending of the book it is really hard not to cry because it is just a sad ending. I would recommend this book to anyone older then 12 years old. I would rate it probably a 9/10. It lost a point because the ending was a big let down.

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  214. I read boy in the striped pyjamas in year 8. I thought it was a really good novel to study in english. Firstly because it taught us about the history of what happened to the jews and hitler etc, but it was also a compelling story. Usually I don’t enjoy reading, but with the boy in the striped pyjamas, I just wanted to read more and more and I did not want to put it down. My favourite character is Bruno, he is just too cute and innocent, and so is the jewish boy on the other side of the fence. It is beautiful how they become such close friends and Bruno brings food to him and visits him whenever he can. This would have to be one of my favourite books, I rate it a 9.5/10. (the movie is also really good!) But I would recommend it to people over the age of 12 or 13, because you do have to be able to understand the history behind, to get the meaning.

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  215. Laura said:

    The book ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a very sad and emotional book. Bruno a 9 year old boy from Berlin. Bruno hates his new home Out-With. He doesn’t have any friends. He sees people behind a wire fence out his window. He thinks it is a farm and wants to go and visit, but what he doesn’t know is that it’s not a farm. He meets a young boy from behind the wire fence named Shmuel. After seeing each other for a while they become best friends. Bruno makes the decision to go with his friend Shmuel and something terrible happens to them both. I would recommend this book to people aged 12+ because even though it doesn’t explain everything you soon understand. I rate this book 100/10!

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  216. I recommend the boy in the striped pyjamas because it is such a good book and movie explaining what used to happen to the jews in that time and how cruel they were treated and how lucky we are to be here where we are protected from this violence era. It is a chance to learn about that time and observe how the jews were treated and what happens to an innocent boy that becomes friends with one of the jewish boys across the fence at the prison where Bruno the boy had just moved too. He loved adventuring but maybe his adventuring has gone too far this time, to find out what happens with the jewish boy across the fence and bruno’s friendship read the book or watch the movie. I recommend this book to ages 13+ and I rate this movie and book a 9/10 its a great way to learn a little history.

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  217. Heidi said:

    this astounding book is incredible giving you such an insight into the days of world war 2 through the eyes of a young 9 year old boy named Bruno. As soon as you pick it up you won’t want to put it down until the end. I recommend this book for anyone, it is absolutely fantastic and a great way to learn about world war 2 through such innocent eyes. I rate “The boy in Striped Pajama’s” a 8 and a half out of 10.

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  218. paige said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a very emotional book that tugs on the heart strings. Bruno a son of a solider who owned a concentration camp. Bruno was so innocent and willing to help a friend that he had seen and even though the fence divided them they were still together. Bruno has a big heart and was willing to give help to those who needed it. Bruno wanted to help his friend but things end badly for the both of them. I am inspired and look up to those who fight for our country’s freedom and risk there own lives doing that. They could save there own lives and not fight but they all have big hearts even if they know it could kill them. This book was an emotional story that reveals that anybody could be friends and no one nor nothing could ever break that special bond. I would rate this book a 7 out of 10. They were innocent and had there heart in the right place.

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  219. charlotte said:

    The boy in striped pyjamas is a very sad book. I have to read it for english in yr 8, and i am reading over it before we read it in class. I don’t think i will be able to read it again because it was so sad! I love bruno and what he does for those around him. I love how this book tells a story that is based on a real event in our history, so we can know what it was actually like for them in those days. Whenever i read about World War 2, or any war i feel really sad for those people who risked their lives, and who got captured and all the innocent people who died for others’ ignorance.
    I loved reading the boy in striped pyjamas, and so did many other people. I’d rate it an 8/10.

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  220. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
    I thought The Boy in Striped Pyjamas was really interesting as it was based on a real event in our history and it was nice to get an insight on what life would of been like in that period of time. However I didn’t like how naive Bruno was and I found it really hard to keep reading when he wouldn’t notice the obvious like what Shmuel was really going through and how lucky he was. My favourite part of this book is when Pavel helped Bruno with his knee because I think of Pavel as a bit of a hero and I really like hoe brave he was to even think of touching Bruno. I think my favourite character was Pavel because he seemed so wise and patient that’s why I found his fate so depressing. Personally I can’t see myself relating to any of the characters in this book mainly because I haven’t ever experienced an event of time that was so difficult and sad. My least favourite part of the book would have to be when Bruno tells Lieutenant Kotler that he had never seen Shmuel before, I found these couple of pages probably the hardest to read in the whole because I really felt for Shmuel at this point in time. If I could change something in the novel I would probably make Bruno less naive, but I suppose in a way that just adds to the story line. I would definitely recommend this book to someone (and I already have) because it was a real page turner and was really interesting at the same time. The type of person I would recommend this book to is someone who is interested about our past and likes a good tear jerker.

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  221. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a fictional story which has been based on true events and is a great read. The main character Bruno, is a 9 year old German boy who’s father is a soldier and his family has to move to a concentration camp in Poland. Despite the terrible circumstances Bruno becomes friends with a Jewish boy, Shmuel and the two of them become best friends. The story explains the differences in lives from Shmuel and Bruno and shows that no matter what, we are all the same. My favorite character is Bruno, because of his curiosity and looking at things from another point of view. If I could change one thing about this book it would be the ending. I loved the book and I would suggest it to anyone who is interested about world war 2, or just wants a good read. I would rate it a 7 out of 10.

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  222. I more then loved this book. I read it last year for year 8 english and it was amazing. Bruno was an amazing character to follow and to see the perspective of an germans boy in WW2 was very interseting. It was Brunos curiousity, optmisium and passion to be the boy he was at the end of the book. If you are a person who liks to history of WW2 then this is a book for you and going from a germans perspective and message that it sends to the reader is powerful and grapperling. I don’t want to give away the ending but this is a must read book and I give it an 9 out of 10.

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  223. The boy in stripped pyjamas is such a beautiful book , i read it in year 6 and loved it , i wasn’t into hitler or world war 2 last year until i started reading the boy in striped pyjamas . The book is such an eye opener how the time use to be when we weren’t born and how bad and cruel the wars were. I haven’t seen the movie yet i have been meaning to read it but haven’t got time. I love the book it is just written so good and it is really sad how poor Bruno and his friend get treated when the start to become friends , this book you definitely need tissues for. At the start of the book it is really hard to get into it gets a bit boring but you just have to trust me that the book gets better and better. Bruno is such an innocent boy who doesn’t really know what is going on and what his dad’s job is and why they have to move , when bruno becomes friends with Shmuel they have such a strong friend ship but something goes wrong which i don’t want to say , i just find this bood so good because it has a little boy who doesn’t know anything that is happening before he goes adventuring and it is sad, 9/10 LOVE IT.

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  224. This was not the best book I read as found it hard to get into. If you were to read the boy in the striped you should read into the World Was II a bit and you will then get a better understanding of it. At the end there was a big shock. This book supplies you with a death, tragedy and love. The love between the main character Bruno and his passion with helping others with his kind heart. Bruno is a young curious boy who wants to find out what his dad does for a living but finds a friend along the way but with this friend comes a great secret and a whole other world. I would recommend this book to people around the age of 14 and 17.

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  225. paige said:

    This book truly had a major impact on me. The emotional story and journey of a young innocent boy really tugged on the heart strings. The friendship and the unbreakable bond between the two boys was amazing. It was such an inspirational yet upsetting story. So innocent and desperate. The friendship began to become stronger and even more impossible to break. I love the way Bruno would risk it all and go to any extreme to be with his friend. He was such an inspirational character and I loved the innocents and desperation. I would rate it an 8 1/2 out of 10. I would recommended it to the ages 13 +.

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  226. This is truly an emotional story which depicts a very strong friendship. Bruno makes the most amazing friendship with a boy named Shmuel. Bruno is so innocent, just wanting a friendship, unaware of everything else going on around him. The friendship is truly inspiring, it proves no matter what race, gender, anything, friendships can still be strong, and possibly stronger than any others. This is a sad but inspirational story of friendship. My favourite parts of the book, is watching the friendship form, the way that when they are with each other, nothing else matters. I love the way Bruno takes care of Shmuel, bringing him food etc. I loved this book and recommend it to everyone, who wants to know about the history of the jews, but also wants an emotional roller coaster, with Bruno innocence and desperation for a friendship with Shmuel. I give this novel an 8/10 and it is a must read.

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  227. Georgia Hughes said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is one of the saddest books I have ever read. I think the message that was included was really strong. Knowing that it doesn’t matter who you are, how you look or where you come from and still being able to make friends is important. I think it is a great read to show how friendship can be shown in the most unlikely of places. I would recommend this book for people over the age of 12. This is a great book, and I would rate it a 9/10.

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  228. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a really good book. I thought it was a really good example of how anyone can be friends and also a really good example of how friendship can always be found in the darkest places. This book also helped me to understand how bad things were in this time and also how innocent people were punished for no reason. I really think that this book is really good for people aged 12+ because it will teach them that we are so lucky with all we have. I would rate this book a 9/10 because it will teach you many things about all of the thing people during WWII. This book taught me a lot about how lucky we are.

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  229. Keely said:

    This is probably the saddest book I have ever read. Yet it was such an amazing book and really lets the reader go back in time when the war was going on. This was probably the most interesting and enthralling book I have read though. It helped me understand a lot about the past and what life was like during the war. While reading this book I was so enthralled and I was so shocked at some of the things that happened. I couldn’t believe that people actually did these things. I really liked the way this book was written where Bruno was so innocent and the book was written from his perspective so Bruno did not understand what was happening, however the reader did. This book made me feel so sorry for Shmuel and Pavel because the way that they were treated was awful and I couldn’t believe anyway could do that to such innocent people. This was such a great book and I would definently recommend it to others.

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  230. Gemma Morison said:

    This book, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is truly one of the most amazing books i have read. Bruno is such an innocent boy and does not understand what is going on in the outside world, where he is or how terrible his father is. i really love this book because it is set in a very harsh time and i also learnt alot about what was going on by reading this book. Even though it is sad, i think that you gain alot of knowledge throughout this book and it has helped me understand the terrible things that were going on and i have realised how lucky we are.
    i reccomend this book to every single person at most elder ages. If you have not read this book, put it on your list!!!!! Every page i turned never seemed to fail my expectations. I read this book for school and it taught it me so much about history!

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  231. I really liked this book, it was said but still an good book. I already knew the ending after watching the movie but it was still amazing book. The novel based around nine year old Bruno, a normal young boy from Berlin with big dreams of becoming an explorer. However one day he is told he will be moving away from his beloved Berlin. After moving to Out With , no friend to play with and the only mystery being the odd fence beyond the garden, this fence is where he meets a boy named Shmuel who becomes his best friend. Its a really good book that portrays what the holocaust was really like. i recommend this book 12+. It was a very well written book an overall i rate it 8 /10 stars.

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  232. The boy in the striped pyjamas was a really sad movie but in that way it was good. Even though it was very sad I still enjoyed watching Bruno and Shmuel’s friendship grow. I liked this movie because it made really well and made the audience feel what Bruno was feeling and I just wanted you to keep watching no matter how sad it got especially towards the end. This movie is for someone who is ok with watching terrible things happen but lovely things at the same time. My favourite character was Shmuel because he was always friends with Bruno even when Bruno did something mean to him. I can relate to Bruno a bit because sometimes I doubt things and whether I should do them or not. My least favourite part of the was at the end when they were both in the concentration camp. It was really sad that I cried. The movie is rated but PG and I would recommend this movie to anyone because it is a heart warming story of friendship.

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  233. This book is about two boys named Bruno and Shmuel. This story is about the power of friendship shines through in tragic circumstances. My favourite part in this book was each time Bruno went to Shmuel each day and it just showed talking to somebody has a real impact on them because it lifted Shmuel’s spirits especially when Bruno brought along food with him. This book was so beautiful because it showed how much the boys cared for each-other and that in the end they had formed a bond that could not be broken the boys really loved each other. I rate this book 8/10 and for 12+

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  234. Makayla said:

    I would rate this a book a 9/10 because I think there are too many unanswered questions at the end, they do give a sense of mystery and intrigue you to read on but you expect some of the questions to be answered at the end. Other than that I think it was a great book putting into perspective what Jews had to go through and that this happened less than 70 years ago! I think the ending is very abrupt and extremely devastating even though it says they went on searching for Bruno for weeks until they finally realised what had happened. I particularly liked this book because you had to do a lot of thinking to work out who was who and what was going on sometimes, especially with ‘the Fury’. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10

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  235. Matilda said:

    The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas was a sad and insightful book. It is a great book with a sinister topic. I like the way the author has given it a young child’s perspective on the topic, Bruno’s understanding of it: like when he says out-with, meaning Auschwitz the concentration camp. His father is very high up in the army and his new house is right next to Auschwitz. He meets this small boy, separated by a large fence. Not knowing the full extent of what is going on he befriends this small boy. I love the way John Boyne has written this book, he has really done a great job conveying information about the Jews and Nazi’s.

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  236. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a deep and moving book yet one that i highly recommend for a read. A bonus in this book is that you cover some of the history from this dark time from both of the perceptions of a German and a Jew. The highlight in this book was that even though the Germans treat the Jewish people with such discrimination, through the eyes of an innocent german boy, he was able to grow a deep and genuine friendship with a Jewish boy. A symbol that meant a lot for me in this book was the fence. This was because it separated the boys not just literally but also in how their lives were. The character Shmuel in this book was really strong because he never complained about how bad things were in his life. This just shows that there’s no need to complain because it won’t make things any better. I cried when Bruno’s life was taken from him by his own Father’s Job. This was a really amazing book and i recommend it to anyone of any age.

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  237. This book is amazing to read, this book is for you if you like sad but lovely books. What I like about this book is that you can understand how Bruno is feeling and his point of view. There is a very large friendship between two characters, Bruno and Shmuel and their friendship is strong. My favourite part of the book is when Shmuel and bruno finally get to be on the same side of the fence. My favourite character in the novel is Bruno because he is a very good friend and cares a lot about Shmuel but has a hard time showing it. I recommend this beautiful book to anybody 11+.

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  238. Niamh said:

    This book sheds light on one of the most horrible events in history-the Holocaust. The novel is about Bruno, a nine year old boy who’s father is the man in charge at the main extermination camp-Auschwitz. Bruno’s curiosity leads him to find Shmuel, a prisoner, as time progresses, they become better friends, despite the one thing that stands in their way. The fence.

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  239. I’m currently writing an essay on the book, and I’ve seen the movie and read it plenty of times before! It is an amazing book that can change your perspective on people and what happened. The History behind it is very interesting, but the book itself has a little bit of history too! I love the way that Boyne has written it, in a 9 year old’s perspective, yet anyone can read it and as you re-read it from an “adults” point of view, you uncover more information and secrets that you may not have discovered before! It is a sad book, but it is definitely a must read! I recommend this book to yr 7 and up because you have a bit more of an understanding that way 🙂 10/10!

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  240. Wow. What a touching story.
    The novel ‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas’ was set in the horrific World War 2, Holocaust. John Boyne tells this novel as a fable showing us that despite the inhuman treatment towards the Jewish, friendship and kidness can withstand the extremely horrible atrocities that occurred. As told through the young innocent eyes of a naive 9 year old boy, the friendship developed between Bruno and Shmuel was a very strong bond, regardless of their background and race.
    I recommend this book to everyone and anyone.
    9.10 🙂 x

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  241. I loved this movie. It was very sad and it really made the viewer feel for the people in that time. I thought this movie was really sad and made you feel angry. The characters played there character very well. I watched the movie and it was great. At the moment I am half way through the book. I am liking the book much better than the movie because it describes everything in more detail. I love that in the book you can picture what it was like in your head with out having a set picture that is the only one that is right like in the movie. I rate this book a 9/10 because there is always room for improvement. I recommend this book to audiences aged 12+ because it is sad and traumatising at times.

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  242. ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne is a fascinating book. There are so many things to love about this book. It can be a happy and heart warming story, yet can be a depressing book. It shows us how important it is to have friendship and how it can become stronger despite the circumstances. I rate this book a 9/10 and would recommend it to anyone over the age of 12

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  243. Rebecca morter said:

    ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne is a fantastic book. It is a great book to read but it is also a sad and depressing book. The ending is really sad but it teachers you that friendship can grow even in the most different circumstances and that true friendship is hard to find. I rate this book 9/10

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  244. Mattea said:

    “The boy in the striped pyjamas” by John Boyne is one of the saddest books I have ever read. It is about a little 9 year old boy named Bruno who’s Father is a high ranking officer in Hitlers army and when his father gets a job opportunity it leads them to a house in the middle of nowhere called Out-With. Little does innocent Bruno know that his dreary house is sitting next to a concentration camp filled with little boys like him only different. The book takes us on a journey through his footsteps and coming to meet his new friend named Shmuel but he was on the other side of the fence. I would recommend this book to anyone who can handle sad books. Just have tissues in hand if you can not handle sad books!

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  245. Alyssa said:

    I hate this book because the way the nazis treat the Jews is horrible.

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  246. This book is about true friendship in a time of diversity and Bruno’s innocence is cast away by his friendship with Shmuel. If you are under the age of 12, this book is not for you. This book is based on facts from WW2 and has some horrible events and themes. This book really wakes you up about how lucky we are to live in these times and how many lives were lost for no reason.

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  247. Caitlin said:

    This book is so sad. I love reading about all the heroic war stories of WW2, but this part of it was just horrible. The way Bruno is just so clueless and Shmuel is protecting him from the truth about WW2 and about his father being the one killing off the jews. It just breaks your heart to know that little children were being ripped apart from their families and killed for being themselves. It really splashes cold water onto your face and wakes you up. In this book their are some really powerful scences so I recommend it to ages 12+ and rate it 9/10.
    Well done John Boyne!
    😉

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  248. I liked this book because it’s a way of learning a little bit of history without getting bored.
    My favourite part was when he got to go over to the other side of the fence, because it was really interesting.
    My favourite character was Shmuel because he never really complained about how bad he had things.
    I didn’t like it when he forgot the names of his 3 friends, because it was sad.
    I would recommend this book to everyone because it’s a really interesting book and I learnt a lot of things.

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  249. Olivia C said:

    I love this book! Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in a heart moving and fantastic book to read! This book it about a friendship of two little boys named Bruno and Shumel! The book is set during the holocaust and WW2! This is a great book and I would recommend this to people 13 and over! Great yet devastating to read! I rate this 9/10 🙂

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  250. Nikita said:

    Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a heart touching book, I loved reading it, more than ever! This book, is all about friendship and it’s easy to connect to, as it paints a picture in your head. This books represents love, trust and respect. It informs you about Hitler and the Jews and that friendship can be made no matter what. It’s a sad, but heart touching book, that I would recommend to anyone wanting a good read!

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  251. Boy in the striped pyjamas is a heart moving and I loved reading it. I had to read it for english and it was very moving. It was so sad and I can’t believe this would of happened in Germany. It gives you a wider concept of what Hitler did and what happened to the Jews. It shows that friendship can be found and in the most hopeless places. I would recommend it to any reader that wants a great read but beware, it is a tear jerker!
    Rate: 10/10

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  252. Boy in striped Pyjama’s is a stunning and heart moving book about two young boys who find themselves without friends in the middle of WWII and unable to recognise or know of their differences become friends and go on a sad adventure that turns out to be nothing like planned.
    I think that the author – John Boyne – wrote this book extremely well because his wrote it as a fable with the innocence of children in a tie of great destruction and deception. I my view the book was very abrupt and short, if it had had any other story line I would not have liked the book but the situation and setting this story is in i can cope with and understand.
    My favourite character would have to be bruno because he is so oblivious to the importance of his family and what he is involved in nut he makes some crazy suggestions. He is very smart, curious and adventurous too. Overall, this is an amazing which I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to learn about WWII and the conditions that some people lived in

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  253. This book is definitely worth reading! I have really enjoyed reading this book because it is so captivating and I never want to put it down. In year 8 we read the book and also do an essay on it. I love the fact that our english lesson is discussing the book because there are lots of hidden messages and subplots that you really have to read between the lines to find. My favourite character in the book is Shmuel because he is so young and helpless to all the situations but luckily he has a good friend Bruno. I recommend this book to anyone over the age of 13 because it is quite involved and also very sad. I rate this book 9/10 because it is a really good read 🙂

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  254. I loved this book because even though it was a tear jerker, it made me smile. My favourite part of this book are all the parts that show signs of friendship. The friendship between Bruno and Shmaul is a little bumpy at the start but together they improve it. My favourite character was Bruno because he gave us so much information and was a joy to read. My least favourite part of the book is the very end. I don’t want to spoil it, so you will just have to read it. If i could change something in this book I would change the ending. I would change it so that it wasn’t so sad. I recommend this book for year 7’s and above. People who like tearjerkers and books about friendship will enjoy this book.

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  255. Eibhlis said:

    I read this book during the holidays and I really enjoyed it. I really liked how the author described all the emotions the characters were feeling. It really made me feel what they were feeling. This book taught me a lot about what went on in the war but from a different point of view. I really liked the innocence of Bruno about how he knew nothing about the war and didn’t let a fence or pyjamas get in the way of a true friendship. I thought that the ending to this book was almost too sad to read. At first when I read the ending I didn’t really know what was going on but after I read it a second time, I understood. I recommend this book to around year 8’s and 7’s. I thought that this book was a really good book and I rate it 9/10!

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  256. Tylah said:

    This story is just heart wrenching! In the last part of the book I found myself not able to stop reading which is quite unusual as I am not a fan of reading. This book teaches you allot about what happened and how people felt in world war 2. I highly recommend this book to people above the age of 12 and I would not recommend it to people would don’t like sad things whatsoever. I rate this book 9.5/10! 🙂

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  257. Monique said:

    This book is amazing and I adore it it’s such a sad tale but informs people of what actually happened and what people really went through I think it’s amazingly written. 10/10 bring out the tissues

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  258. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a great book filled with suspense. It is a book that can be recommended to all ages of 10 as there are some difficult themes to understand at times. The book is in the eyes of a little innocent boy named Bruno. This book has really made me aware of what goes on in some peoples world. Overall I would rate it a 9/10 as I found it hard to understand some themes as I do not know much about history. Otherwise great read!

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  259. megan said:

    This is a must read book! It is so sad but really good as well. I love the different characters especially Bruno! It is a really engaging book and you never want to put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone that knows about the history of the holocaust otherwise it wouldn’t make much sense. I rate it 9/10 because the way the author wrote it was amazing and you felt like you were related in some way it just really opens your eyes in what happens in the world.

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  260. I found this novel quite confronting but at the same time very insightful because of the holocaust theme. I thought that it was a great novel to read because it gives you an insight into history and how it has been played out in the past. My least favourite part of the book would have to be the ending because it was so sad, and i don’t think that the author finished it very well. It kind of just stopped and there wasn’t really a conclusion which i thought was very disappointing. My favourite character would have to be Shmuel because he was so cute and he played his role very well. I would highly recommend this novel.

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  261. Sarah said:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas is a really good but sad book about a boy named Bruno. I really enjoyed this book because I got into it and wanted to just read more and more because of the type of words they used. It was a really engaging book not like many other books I have read before. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 11 because I if your any younger you might not understand what it’s all about because I read it at the age of 12 and I didn’t get it that much.

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  262. The boy in striped pyjamas is a really sad book which is about a boy called Bruno who’s dad gets a promotion which is a very important job for Hitler and how he has no idea about what he does but becomes friends with the boy who lives the other side of the fence. I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone old then maybe 11 years old at the least. You have to be prepared for a sad ending. But it does involve history so it is educational. I would rate this book 7/10 because even though it is sad you still always want to read the next page.

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  263. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a truly magnificent read.
    It tells us about the horrors and brutality of the second world war with Hitler ruling the Germans with his plan to swipe all the Jews from the face of the Earth.
    This book just makes you feel how fortunate you are and it is both heart touching and yet extremely sad.
    I love this book for Bruno and Shmuel’s innocent friendship and faith in each other.
    It is absolutely remarkable and I recommend it for 12+ because it tells us so much about history and it is a lovely read from a child’s perspective.

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  264. I find that this book is really sad but at the same time so exciting! You don’t really know what is going to happen on the next page it is always a mystery. I enjoyed reading this book and i have read it around 3 times. Every time i learn something new and that is what i like most about it. I read it before i got to school and i didn’t realise how much i didn’t know until i properly read through it. The movie is also very different because it leaves out so much. For the book i would rate it a 9/10 and the movie probably 7/10. I would recommend this book to people over the age of 12.

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  265. I have read this book numerous times in and out of school but it always seems to be changing. Every time I read it I notice thing I never noticed previously so you can never get bored of this book. The start for me drags on for a little to long and nothing interesting happens until past the middle but if you keep persisting it will get interesting and you will enjoy it more if you focus. If you don’t focus when reading this book it is very easy to miss important little things that make the experience a whole lot better for you. I would defiantly recommend this book to someone who is interested it war and what happened in the time of the holocaust. 8/10.

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  266. Julia said:

    Such a sad book that you can get so interested in. It made me think of how lucky we are in our environment. It was horrible how the Germans treated the Jews and I thought was there was a massive message to all of us that we should never forget.

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  267. Phoebe said:

    WOW! This is one of my favourite books I have read. I really liked the way it was written because it was from Bruno’s perspective and although I had a little bit of background knowledge it was really like I was Bruno and had absolutely no idea about what was going on. This book was really touching and made me cry twice. It was really horrible how the Germans treated the Jews and I hope that never happens again. This book was truly inspiring and taught me no matter how different two people are you can always find a friend.

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  268. Paige said:

    I love this book. It is so sad. This book sends a strong message about friendship. I would recommend this book to any reader.

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  269. I absolutely loved this book. It was really interesting and I always wanted to keep reading. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, written by John Boyne, is a fictional tale that says on the front cover “A story of innocence in a world or ignorance” which is so true. They story is all about the friendship of the unlikeliest of friends: the son of a Nazi commandant and a Jewish concentration camp inmate.
    The novel, set in Nazi Germany, begins when nine-year-old Bruno and his family moves to “Out-With”. He doesn’t enjoy it at all, he misses his friends. Tempted to explore his new environment, Bruno is told that there are certain places that are “Out Of Bounds At All Times And No Exceptions.” Despite this his is determined to find out more about this strange place. On one afternoon he met a small boy in striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence and from then on they formed a strong friendship. It is a sad and touching story but I love how Bruno shows his love for his friend. I only wish there was a second book because I was left wondering at the end. 9/10.

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  270. Charlotte said:

    Wow. This story is truly inspiring and touching. I couldn’t put it down, and I’m pretty sure I read it in one night! It gives you a really good idea of what happened in Poland to the Jews around WW2. I’m very glad I had to read if for English, because if I hadn’t then i might not have got the chance to read it, and I really would have missed out. This story is just so sad, and shows where a curious mind can get you. If it wasn’t for Bruno’s different thoughts, it would be a very boring story. Bruno really creates a different atmosphere, and gives us another way at looking at things. Overall I really, really loved this book and would recommend it to people aged 12+, to really get the understanding and value out of it. I would rate it 9 1/2 out of 10 🙂

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  271. This was one amazing book, it was adventure filled, cute and at the end it was sad, it was so cute the friend ship that the boys made even though they came from to different lives that are the complete opposite. I liked how even though there was a massive fence separating them, they could still be friends, thats what to me makes the story. My favourite character was bruno, he is so determined to be with he’s friend that he crawls under the fence, even though he didn’t know what was over there and he always saw his friend sad and wanted to cheer him up by finding his dad and befriending him. At the end I was really sad, he basically gave his life for his friend and didn’t know. I am glad that I didn’t live in that time because it would of been so hard and as a young child that is not a jew would be really oblivious and wouldn’t have a clue what was happening around them, even most jew children didn’t know. I would rate it a 8 out of 10 and i would suggest that people over 10 would read it because its a little bit sad for young ones. I Loved this book heaps!! 🙂

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  272. I absolutely loved this book!! It was interesting to read and I accidentally read it all in one night. It was just so tempting and I found it very, very difficult to out down. My favourite part of the book was when Bruno found Shmuel. This part of the story left we wondering how a boy who keeps saying he is a big boy, doesn’t understand that his father is a solider who is harming and killing the Jews. It just didn’t make sense but it did send a very strong message across. My favourite character would still have to be Bruno because I liked the way no matter what he was told he always wanted to explore things. He just wanted to investigate, it was almost as if it was the only thing on his mind the whole time. I can NOT relate to any of the characters in the story because I am not one to investigate and I certainly do not kill people because of the simple reason they don’t like them. I also am not rude and bossy to my younger siblings and neither is any-one else I know. This story and the characters in it are the exact opposite of my family and life today. Which I am actually thankful for. My least favourite part of the book would have to be the ending. Not because I it was sad, but because it sent a very simple message. A very sad message I will add. What was happening was unjust and unfair. This was showed when Bruno was gassed along with Shmuel. I wouldn’t surprisingly change anything in this book because it sent a very simple message across and it also demonstrated what used to happen back then. This book is perfect the way it is with the authors writing. I would definitely recommend this book but not to young people younger than in year eight because it does show what used to happen and some may have never heard of the holy cost ever before and it may be a little to much to take in. I think the type of people that would enjoy this book would have to be able to pick up messages easy, but they would also have to be mature people. The boy in the stripped pajamas is a fantastic book and it has a very strong message.

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  273. The boy in the striped pyjamas is set during the holocaust, it is from the view of a small boy named Bruno. Its a moving story about a devastating time during history and the innocence and naivety of a young child. This is a great book and I would recommend this to people 13 and over! Fantastic yet devastating read

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  274. Claire said:

    The Boy in Striped Pyjamas is a very moving book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is about a boy named Bruno, who is very unaware of the horrible things which are occurring around him. It is set during the Holocaust, are follows the journey of him moving away with his family from the German town of Berlin, away from everything he ever knew. It is written with much emotion but naivety, which made the book even more intriguing. My favourite part of the book was the entire second half, as I found the first half very slow, but if you persist, and continue to read it until the end, you will definitely not regret it. My favourite character is Bruno as he is so innocent and unassuming of the events which were occurring around him. I would recommend this book to anyone above the age of 13, as you have to have a bit of background knowledge of the Holocaust to grasp the concept of some of the events.

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  275. Claudette said:

    A nine year old boy, unaware of his surroundings, a huge lack of understanding, and an overall curiosity towards life in general. This book blew me away from beginning to end. It has been a while since I read the novel, yet I still remember it in detail. The storyline is based on a young boy, Bruno, who moved to Berlin with his family, away from his friends. On a day of exploring, Bruno finds a boy his age, sitting at a fence alone. With a change of clothing, Bruno soon realises that him a this boy, Shmuel, are almost identical. Without knowing what was ahead of him, Bruno slid under the fence, to the other side with his new friend. Bruno saw this as an adventure, and insisted. He didn’t know this was a concentration camp, where only Jews were kept. Nor did he know, that his father had anything to do with this. Eventually it was too late for Bruno to turn back, what had he gotten himself into?
    This book holds a lot of meaning and will leave you on the edge of your seat. It has an unexpected ending and I recommend it for ages 13+ as parts of it are sad and terrifying. Overall, a great book! 🙂
    9/10.

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  276. Caterina said:

    This is an incredible book that I definitely recommend you read. In fact I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in one day, It was hard to put down. I find this book really interesting in the way that the author has combined history and his own story into one. It’s a story about a german boy named bruno whose dad works for hitler. He ends up making friends with a boy from across the fence. This is a story of true friendship. My favorite character would have to be Bruno mostly because of how innocent he is and because of how he thinks. I recommend this book to anyone at or above the age of 10. I rate this book 9/10. Happy reading!

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  277. Chloe said:

    Boy in the striped pyjamas is a truly amazing book. The boo is set during the second world war and is about a young boy named bruno, who moves to a place he calls ‘out with’. There Bruno meets a boy on the other side of the fence name shmuel. Bruno and shmuel soon become very close friends and one day they decide to go adventuring what will happen?
    This book opens your eyes, and leaves you thinking about it for days after. It is a truly amazing book. This book is a tear jerker so if you don’t like sad books i wouldn’t recommend it. My favourite character in this book was shmuel. An absolutely adorable and innocent little boy being punished for something that isn’t his fault. Despite this shmuel is still quite happy and grateful for everything he does have. I would recommend this book for 12+. I really enjoy this book and give it a 9/10

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  278. Dominique said:

    I really enjoyed reading this book and learning that there was a very sad history behind what is now. I was never instrested in reading in war storys but after i read this and watched the movie i became very intrested in learning about this past time.
    I think everyone should read this book at some time in there life.
    I recommend this book to 12+
    I rate this book a 8/10.

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  279. Sarah said:

    I really enjoyed this book because it was interesting but sad. I have heard of lots of people that have read it and even cried at the end of it:(

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  280. Laetitia Falzon said:

    I really enjoyed this book because it was very interesting and it explained how mean the German are. It is the saddest book I have even read. It is based on a young 9 year old boy named Bruno and lives with he’s mum, dad and sister Gretal. He becomes great friends with a boy named (shmuel) from the concentration camp. This book is recommended for anyone who is interested in war/history. I rate this book 8 out of 10

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  281. Sophie said:

    This is such a sad book get out the tissues because if you read this book you are in for some serious sobbing. It’s one of the saddest books I have ever read. It’s set during WW1and is extremely sad with the pretty nasty background themes but it doesn’t really go into that at all because it is set from a child’s perspective. To Bruno (the child) the people over the fence are just people in stripped pajamas. In the book Bruno is just looking for friends. This is such a sad book but it’s one of those ones that you really need to read. I give it a 8/10 only because it’s tooooooooo sad.

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  282. Lauren said:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas is a book that explores one of the most terrible events in 20th century history. Set during WW11 I believe that it is a very good book but at the same time it is very sad so you may need some tissues when you are reading it. My favourite characters in the book are Bruno, as he is so caring, kind and loyal towards Shmuel, and Shmuel as he is very brave and loyal. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in war, history or stories of great friendship. I think that you should read the book before you think about watching the movie as the book is much better. I would rate it a 9/10 as it was a great book, and recommend for anyone 12+.

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  283. Melina Vittorina Bunting said:

    I had to read this book for English last year. I was intrigued because I’d heard about it, but had never been able to read it.
    Is is without a doubt one of the saddest books I have ever read.
    Then again, it’s set during WWII, so of course it’s going to take you a box of tissues to get through this one.
    However, I still enjoyed reading this book. And the friendship between Bruno and a boy (Shmuel) from the concentration camp warmed by heart.
    I recommend anyone who is interested in war history, or wants to know a little more about WWII should read this book.

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  284. this book i had to read for year 8 English but i really enjoyed it. it is a book as well as a film. it is based on a young 9 year old named bruno and lives with hi mum dad and sister gretal. his dad is the commander of the people keeping the jews locked up bruno begins to find out what is going on as he is curious ad sees the people from his window and goes down and finds a boy their. and it is about the journey through their friendship and bruno beginning to learn what is going on i think it is a really good book and movie and i think you should get it to watch or read i rate it a 10/10

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  285. Gemma R said:

    This book left me shocked, sad and intrigued. I really liked this book however, as the things that happened were very realistic and beautifully written. My favourite part of the book was the fact that the main character Bruno cared for Shmuel so much, and yet it made me feel so depressed that they were on opposite sides of the fence. My favourite character would have to be Bruno in fact, as he was just an innocent boy who didn’t know half the things that went on in his life, yet he was so gentle and kind towards Shmuel. I didn’t like the ending, as it was sad, but somehow I appreciated the way it did end because it was very realistic and it showed that the poor people who had done nothing wrong had to live the way they did. I give this book a 10 out of 10 as it was just perfect.

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  286. Clare said:

    Bruno is a curious 9 year old boy, who as just moved from his old house in Berlin, to a place he calls Out-with. In his room, there is a window, and out that window is a big fence, with little huts and thousands of people all in striped pyjamas. Bruno befriends one named Shmuel, after a long day exploring, and they learn a lot about each other.

    This book is a beautiful but incredibly sad book. It was sad how his parents told him nothing about what was going on at the time (WW2) and how he was so naive, even in the last few chapters. I really enjoyed this book, but it is quite sad, so it isn’t exactly a light read. I rate it 9/10, and reccomend for anyone 12+, or 10+ if reading with an adult.

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  287. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
    I recommend the novel, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas because it is such an amazing book. Right from the start you want to keep reading and you just can’t put it down. Not only is the actual story fantastic but the background is also interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone over age 12. I think the concept of the story might be a bit too much for anyone younger than 12. It is an easy read and it is easy to follow which makes it even better to sit down and read. For obvious reasons I can’t relate to any of the characters in the book directly but many things happen throughout the story that I am sure that people could relate to such as moving house, leaving your friends behind, the curiosity of a new friendship and other things like this. The biggest thing that I found so good about this book is that you don’t have to be into war and those kinds of stories a all. It is a book about friendship to a certain extent so it is good fro everyone. My favourite person in the book would have to be the main character Bruno. I also really like Shmuel, Bruno’s mother and Maria. I really enjoyed this book and I think that when everyone gets to the right age, everyone should give this book a go.

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  288. Boy in the striped pajamas is the saddest story ever! its about a boy Bruno who has to leave is town to move for his dads work ( hes dad works for Hitler). they are rich and when they move they get home schooled and they have no friends in there new place because they are the only kids. Bruno gets told to not to go near the fence. he did once and talked to a boy in striped pajamas. They talk and become friends. You have to read or watch the movie to find out the rest! I will give it an 9/10!

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  289. Melody said:

    Boy in stripped pajamas. This book made me cry, I must say. How different can we be from other nationalities such as Jews, that we need to kill them all? Well this book tells us the story, how a boy becomes really good friends with a Jew. This boy, is the son of a General. This is how these kids meet, through the fence near Brunos’ house. Brunos’ friend has lost one of his family members and needs him to come under the fence and disguise himself as Jew. This book is pretty graphic and would recommend it for 13 +. This book will really tell you the things that happened in the holocaust and I will never forget ❤ I rate this book an 8/10. 🙂

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  290. Olivia said:

    I read this book last year but it was so touching that I can do a review about it now. The touching bit about this read is that the boys are basically the same but due to law a fence separates them. I find it sad that Bruno doesn’t understand what is going on around him and that his father really isn’t all that great, but then again it’s good that he can keep his innocence because once you know the truth it’s hard to forget especially in this case. The best thing about this book is that all of this actually happened maybe not the exact same details but we know that things like this happened and this book just clears it up of how bad it actually was back when Hitler ruled. I recommend this book maybe not to all ages but to people who actually understand what they are reading not just looking at the words. All up this was a brilliant book that really teaches the reader about what happened in the past no matter how devastating that may be.

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  291. ihill said:

    The story of the boy in striped pyjamas is one of the saddest books I have ever read. The story is about a young boy who is very nieve and doesn’t know what goes on around him. The story is also about how the Jews were treated by the Nazies. This book is set during the war when Bruno and his family have to move to a house next to a wired fence where Bruno finds a young boy called Shumel that is wearing striped pyjamas and has lost his father. Bruno doesn’t know what the fence is for so he sneaks out a lot to talk to Shumel which he isn’t aloud to do. What does Bruno do?

    This book is one of the best, I would recommended this to teenagers and I would rate this book 9/10.

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  292. Eliza said:

    This is a story of two young boys who are physically the same but a fence and a certain opinion separates them. I would have to say that I have no favourite part of this book because as I read through the book I can’t help think about how that once happened and the awful truth of the whole novel. However, I do have a preferred part and that is when Pavel, the slave, helps Bruno after he falls off the swing he built. It demonstrates the kindness that he has to show even though he is not receiving what he is giving. I do recommend this book to all ages because it really is a fantastic read and discovery of the reality in which what happened once in the world we live in today.

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  293. This story is so sad. I can’t believe how mean they were back then and how they treated the Jews. I thought it was a good thing that Bruno didn’t know what was going on around him but I think it may have been a good idea to have told him what was going when they moved to Berlin next to the concentration camp. Bruno and Shmall were so cute but it really hurt to think they didn’t even know what was going on and that they had to die that way thinking they were having a shower.

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  294. This is a story about a young boy who’s father is working for hitler and gassing all of these Jews. He thinks that his father is a great man but doesn’t realize the extent of the damage that his father is doing. The boy makes a Jewish friend who tries to explain what really happens to the Jews. This is an incredibly powerful and emotional story and is very upsetting in the final pages.

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  295. celeste said:

    I read this book for school, but would defiantly have read it if it weren’t for year eight English !
    A young boy finds that his family is forced to move to a remote house, because of his fathers work. But bruno finds that it is not completely isolated, because right next door from the window in his bedroom he can see a far. Many people work on the farm, and they’re all wearing funny pyjamas, and theres large fences surrounding it. But this farm is no ordinary place, this farm is a concentration camp. Bruno makes friend with a boy from the camp and they meet together everyday at either side of the fence.
    You NEED a box of tissues by the time you get to the end of this book !

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  296. Charlotte said:

    The Boy in Striped Pajamas is a must-read! I could not stop crying whilst reading this book 😥 Although this was a very sad book I could not put it down! I was soooo addicted to it and just had to know how it ended. Sadly the ending was not quite as happy as I had of imagined but I think the sadness made it even better to read. 10/10 great book 🙂

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  297. Grace W said:

    “The Boy in the Striped Pajama’s” written by John Boyne was set in Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland. This book shows the innocence of how a child can see things in the most terrible situations. The booked is based around a nine year old boy Bruno, who is the son of the Nazi Commandant. Bruno makes a friend called Shmuel who lives in the concentration camp. This book shows that friendship can be made in the strangest of situations and that you should never judge people on how they look, what religion they are and what race they are. This book is a real eye opener and tear jerker so if you are going to read this book you must be prepared for horrible things. I rate this book a 9/10 and I recommend it to all people 11 and up.

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  298. catrina said:

    The book “Boy in stripped pajamas” is definitely the saddest book i’ve read. It really points out how a friendship can blossom through the darkest of times. It really annoyed me how naive Bruno was to all the things happening around him. Every time Shmuel came up in the book I was almost in tears because it’s just heartbreaking knowing what he is going through. It also makes you see how lucky we are these days not to have those things happening at our time and I rate this book a 10/10 and recommend it to anyone over the age of 13.

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  299. This book is by far, the saddest and most extreme read I’ve ever come across. I’d never cried in a book before this one. The ending gives you chills and shows you how inhumane people can act towards each other. The racism that occurs in this novel is shocking and makes you so appreciative to be living in such a safe and just country. The kindness and friendship is shown to be strong enough to withstand the atrocities and this is proven by Shmuel and Bruno.

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  300. Grace M said:

    I like The Boy In Stripped Pajamas because it is a story that shows just how kind and understanding people can be even when things look bleak and dark. I love how the author shows the story through the eyes of innocent Bruno. This is good because it helps the reader understand everything in it’s simplest forms. My favourite bit is when Bruno and Shmuel meet each other and discover how similar they are to each other despite their different lives. My least favourite part was anything to do with Father. He put his horrible job in front of his wonderful family. I just wanted to hit him for it. I would definitely recommend this to others. It a beautiful and heart warming read. I rate it 9 out of ten and anyone aged 12+ should read it!

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  301. Grace said:

    I can honestly say that I cried in this book, it is so heart wrenching and gripping. It truly teached me the importance of friendship and trust and what a strong bond can do even in the harsh times of the Holocaust. Bruno is a young boy caught in the middle of World War II and the Holocaust, but he is unaware of it. His Father is in control on a large amount of Jews and where they live. Bruno thinking that his Father is amazing and would never do anything wrong befriends the ‘enemy’, an young boy whome he met while walking along the fence which ran behing his house. This was the fence of the concerntration camp and where he met Schmuel. The story involves many emotions and characters and takes you along the rollercoaster of WWII and will truly have you gripping onto the pages with tears streaming down your cheeks.
    Age 13 +
    Rating 8.5/10

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  302. Maddison T said:

    The novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas written by John Boyne shows us what can happen to people when they do not accept others for who they are and are prejudiced against people who stand out or are different from the majority. Despite of the bleakness, in the novel and the cruel and barbaric treatment of humans, there are still signs of unselfishness, kindness and friendships that can bloom when such unmoral conditions. While Bruno and Shmuel stand in the gas chamber, Bruno holds Shmuel hand not really knowing what was happening and says ‘ You are my best friend Shmuel, my best friend for life. The barriers that divided their innocent friendship of two boys one a Nazi commandants son and the other a jewish boy, actual made there friendship stronger. I really loved reading this novel!!! I would rate this book 9 out of 10. I would definitely recommend this book to reads. 🙂

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  303. Oh my golly goshums. I loved this book so much!! I loved the way it described the characters, and the ‘hidden’ references to the war. Even though there is a lot of horrible things in the book, the author did a great job of creating happy moments in the book when Bruno and Shmuel got along well, and spoke about almost everything there is to talk about. I would recommend this book to ages 13 and up because otherwise it would be a waste of time reading the novel, because the person wouldn’t understand the meaning and what is going on. I rate this book a 9 out of ten stars.

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  304. Eloise said:

    I loved this book. This book is a sad and hopeful book. At the end I nearly cried. I think the book is way better than the movie. This book has a lot of different emotions throw out the book. I would recommend this book to people aged 12 and up. Any one lower than that I don’t think they will get the true meaning of the book. I would rate this book and 8/10.

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  305. This is a great book that I think everyone had to read, at least once in their life.
    It gave me so many different emotions and it displays a lot of different meanings and lessons throughout the novel.
    It teaches us about the ways in which the jewish race were treated in the second world war.
    The main character is Bruno and he has a very relatable personality.
    Although my favourite character would have to be Gretel. Bruno’s sister. She is the most gorgeous little girl, with a typical personality for somebody her age.
    This is a fantastic book with a huge story!., Everyone should give it a go, no matter what type of novel they are into. I rate it a 9/10

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  306. Francesca De Angelis said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a really emotional novel. While reading it I did not understand some bits but after reading it and discussing it I understood what the author (John Boyne) was trying to tell us. This book really opened up my eyes and showed me the true meaning of unfairness and discrimination. I would recommend this book to older people.

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  307. rikki said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a eye-opening book. It really focuses on how war changed Germany, and how it affected the lives of everyone around them. It demonstrates the bleak times, and how Bruno and his peers overcome them by focusing on friendship and kindness. It also clearly illustrates the gruesome doings done to the Jews during the holocaust, and how the views of an innocent child are very important. This is a very touching story and I recommend it to anyone that loves a good sad story. I would rate it a 9.5 / 10 and to be aged 12+ to fully understand the context.

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  308. Alana said:

    This is one of the saddest books I have read. It is a beautiful story of a little boy named Bruno who lives next to a concentration camp because his father is the commandant of the camp. Bruno goes exploring and finds a little boy (a jew) named Shmuel who lives in the camp. As Bruno visits Shmuel nearly everyday their friendship grows and so does their knowledge of each others lives.
    This is a heart warming and heart breaking story of a boy who doesn’t understand. As the book progresses it becomes more sad and depressing, we learn more and more about what is actually happening in the camp and Bruno and Shmuel’s innocence makes the whole novel a whole lot more sad. This book shows the importance of friendship and love. I rate this book a 8 and a half /10 and i would recommend this book for 12 years and over. I would recommend this for people that like sad and informative books. 🙂

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  309. This is a fantastic story. I have just finished studying this book for English and I loved it. It is extremely touching and made me realise the importance of friendship, acceptance and loyalty. The book is set in 1942, during WW2 in Southern Poland. The main character is Bruno, a young German boy whos Father is a Nazi commandant of the Auschwitz camp. He meets Shmuel, a Jewish boy, and their unlikely friendship forms. Thier friendship establishes that physical differences shouldn’t seperate any people, and that everyone should be treated equally. This book acts a cautionary tale and teaches many important lessons. I would recomend this book to readers 12-18 and I would rate it 9/10 🙂

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  310. Whilst reading an insanely intriguing story i learn so much about the holocaust and the torturous events lead by hitler in the 1940’s. This is a story of hope between two friends Bruno and Shmuel. It is a well written story by John Boyne, however there is a lot of ‘reading between the lines’ so you would have to know some information about the holocaust to understand some parts of the book. I would recommend this book to people aged 14 and above because it has some violent themes.

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  311. Eloise said:

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a very touching book. It shows how hard it was for some people back than. Bruno is a seven year old boy who lives with his sister Gretel and his mother and father. Bruno had to move to another house for his fathers job. Bruno didn’t want to to move to leave, he didn’t want to leave his best friends. When Bruno moves he goes and explores around, Bruno finds a new friend called shmuel. Their friendship grows over time. I really enjoyed this book. I recommend this book to people over 12.

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  312. The ‘Boy in The Striped Pyjamas’ is a very touching book. It gives us an insight of how it was like when The Fury was around. The main character being Bruno who is a seven year old boy who loves an adventure where ever he is. Bruno and Shmuel’s story shows us that just because we may be different, (e.g different race, different colour, e.t.c) we are still human beings and just because one person doesn’t like something or someone doesn’t mean we all have to be the same. Bruno shows this quality. This book also shows this quality and thats what I love about it.

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  313. Madeliene said:

    This is a really sad book but i really enjoyed reading it. My favourite part is when Bruno meets Shmual and they have lots in common and become best friends. My least favourite part is when Shmual is in the house cleaning the cups and gets caught with the bread and the next day he has bruises all over his face. I rate this book 5/5 and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the war.

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  314. Ailish said:

    I absolutely loved this book, I adored it! It was beautifully written and I could hardly put it down as times! My favourite part in this book was when Pavel helped Bruno when he fall of his tire swing, I loved the way Pavel cared about Bruno and did what he wasn’t supposed to do just for Bruno.
    The friendship between Bruno and Shmuel, it shows how that even if they are completely different they can still be great friends and there friendship can be the strongest of them all.
    I recommend this book to anyone but make sure you have a box of tissues!
    10/10

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  315. I enjoyed reading this book very much. My favourite part of the book was when Pavel patched Bruno up after he fell off the swing, because even though he was the waiter, he still cared about Bruno. My favourite character in the book would have to be Bruno’s Grandma, because she was the only one against what Bruno’s father was doing to the jews. I can sort of relate to Bruno and Shmuel’s because their friendship was really strong. I recommend this book to others. I score it a 7/10.

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  316. Hayley said:

    ‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne is about the Holocust. It is told through the eyes of a nine year old German boy named Bruno. One day Bruno has to move to a consentration camp called Out-With because of his fathers work. Bruno immediately hates his new home and finds himself lonely as they’re is no one else to play with. Bruno has no idea about the consentration camps and doesn’t realise the dangers. My favourite part of the book is when Bruno decides to follow the long fence that seperates the Jews from the Germans. He then finds a boy the same age as him on the other side of the fence named Shmaul. They become great friends. To read this book you need to understand what happened in the Holocust and what happened to the Jews. I read this book for English and didn’t mind it. The only thing i didn’t really like was that at the start it draged on and then at the end it gets interesting. I recommend this book to year 6 and above because some parents might not want their children at a younger age to know about the Holocust. I rate this book 7 out of 10 because it was really good but i would have liked it to be a bit more interesting at the sart and in the middle.

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  317. This is the saddest book that I have ever read. I hate the fact that this actually happened.This book is wonderfully told and I love it. My favourite part was when he came over the fence with his friend. My least favourite part is the end when he dies. I rate this book a 5/5 and I recommend it to anyone 12 and over

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  318. This is a great book taking you back to a terrible time when the germans mistreated the jews. It is about a boy named Bruno who moves to a place which he calls Out-With, with his sister, mother and father who had been promoted to the leader of a concentration camp by a man know by ‘the Fury’. Bruno immediately hates his new home and finds himself lonely as they’re is no one else to play with. When Bruno looked out the window in his room he see a farm with famers and children who are really Jews in the concentration camp. While Bruno was exploring one day he came across a boy who sat on the other side of the fence in the concentration camp, they immediately became friends, but will their friendship end well? I really enjoyed reading this book, it was an easy read and surprisingly interesting. This book really opened me up to the cruelty and pain that the Jews went through in this time and it helped me understand how they were treated. I recommend this book for ages 13 and up. I rate it 4.3/5.

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  319. I loved the the book boy in the striped pajama’s. I really enjoyed this book, and while I was reading it I learnt a lot about how the Jews were treated in this time. My favourite part would have to be when the two boys meet each other, I thought that the friendship they shared was great. The saddest part was the unfortunate event at the end. My favourite character would defiantly be Bruno, because of the friendship he shows and the things he is willing to do for his friends. I rate this book a 10/10 and recommend it to everyone.

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  320. Abbey said:

    I just read the boy in the striped pyjamas and thought it was a very interesting, informative yet sad book because it really makes you think about the time of when the war between the Jews and the soldiers/Hitler and how hard life would have been for the Jews and all the harsh things Hitler did to them. My favourite character in the book would be Bruno because he was a very adventurous kid yet he did not understand what was happening to the people in the striped pyjamas over the fence and who his father was really involved with and what his job really was. My least favourite part in the book was when Lieutenant Kotler treated Pavel and many others in a very harsh way. The end of this book was very intriguing and kept me wanting to read. Throughout the book I thought it was a little slow at some parts but right in the very last chapters it delivered (what I though) a very unexpected ending which was very sad. It was also quite hard to believe that the things that were written in this book actually happened many years ago to innocent people.
    I would highly recommend this book to people over the ages 13 and up!

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  321. This book is very sad and informative on how hard things were for the Jews. My favourite character would have to be Shmaul because I felt sorry for him because he was getting punished and locked up and he hadn’t ever done anything wrong. The main character Bruno and shmaul have a strong friendship and their differences don’t separate them. I really can’t believe that the things that went on in the book actually happened. I would recommend this book for people who are into war and history type books and for people over the age of 12 years. I would rate this book a 8/10 🙂

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  322. Im reading this book this year, and ive seen the movie. i just finished reading the book for school, and its actually really good! its a very touching, sad, dramatic story about history! i recommend this for 15+ only cause some people dont want their kids reading about horrible histories at early ages, and this one is very sad. i rate it a 8/10

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  323. Rebecca said:

    This is such a sad book 😦 but I loved it because it was sad and teaches you how bad the war in WW2 was. My favourite character would be Shmaul because he’s so cute and understanding. My favourite part of the movie was when Shmaul gives Bruno (one of the main characters) a stripy pair of pyjamas and Bruno climbs under the gate to join Shmaul. This part was sad and ejoyable at the same time. I would reccommend this book to others because its a learning experience, plus it has a great storyline. Someone who is into war and some violence would like this book. My mum cried, so you might too, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! 🙂 anyway, I will rate this book an eight out of ten (8/10) 🙂

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  324. Tayla said:

    this book would have to be in my top 3 books. this book is so good and i would recommend it to anyone who loves to read and who also over the age of about 11. I would rate this book 9 out of 10 because the ending is just so sad.

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  325. graciev said:

    This will make my top three saddest books/movies! I hate how this sort of thing actually happened. Reading this was an amazing experience and I was whisked away to that time and place. This book truly touched my soul! I recommend this to anyone who can handle great amounts of face leakage!!!!
    Things needed for reading this book:
    * 3 hankies
    * A shoulder to cry on
    * Fatty foods to gorge on!
    TEN OUT OF TEN!!!

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  326. a amazing and inspiring book i have read is the boy in the strip pyjamas it is a great and inspiring book. I really enjoyed it because i like reading about the way they lived in the book and it is sad the way some of the people were treated but it something different i haven’t read before and i enjoyed. i recommend you to read it because its very interesting and if your in to drama and a bit of history its a great book to read or watch but read the book first because once you start you cant stop.

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  327. annie said:

    i just finished reading this book and it brought me to tears! i have never cried in a book before until now. In the book i thought that Bruno is a little selfish and didn’t understand the true meaning of friendship, bruno realises what friendship really is after moving, meeting Shmuel and getting to know him. they form a strong bond that nothing can break. bruno is very naive to everything that is going on around him and its almost like he doesn’t want to believe that anything can be bad or anyone could b suffering like they are in the camp. in reading this book you learn quite a bit about what happened in to the Jews in the second world war, i didn’t know very much about it and this book gave me more of a clearer view. this book tells a great story of friendship and even though the ending is bleak you are still left with the belief that any two people no matter how different they are or where they come from they can still form a strong friendship that could last a lifetime. i would rate this book 8/10 and would recommend it to anyone who can stand to hear a sad story.

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  328. I really enjoyed reading the boy in the striped pajamas because it had a really interesting story line, that you just wanted to keep on reading. Even though it was sad, I never wanted to put the book down. One of my favourite parts of the book was when Bruno met Shmuel on the other side of the fence, because it was really touching how he continued visiting him day after day. My favourite character was Bruno because he was so kind and did anything to try and be with his new friend, Shmuel. My least favourite part of the book was when the Nazis were gasing the Jews, because it was very sad. I would recommend this book to anyone because it has a very interesting story line.It would be suitable for anyone above 12 because it is quite confronting. But I would rate it 8/10

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  329. a great book i have read and watched in the boy in the striped pyjamas its a great movie and very sad how the people lived and were treated but i loved this movie becasue it was very different something i havent seen and read before its a great story line. you have to read this book to find out what happened to bruno if it was a good or bad thing also if you like a bit of history or a nice story like this then i would recommend you to read it.

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  330. Heidi said:

    I think that The boy in the striped Pyjamas is good but it only got great toward the last chapters. My favourite character is Shmuel because he is so calm and friendly even when he is being treated cruelly. My least favourite character Lieutenant Kurt Kotler because he is rude to Bruno and is one of the bad soldiers. My favourite part in the book is at the end although it’s sad, it’s really fantastic to read. I rate this book 7/10 only because it was a bit boring at the beginning.

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  331. We had to read this for English and it is about a little boy, Bruno who lives in Berlin and does not want to move away because he had one of the best houses in the town and all of friends were there. They had to move to a place in the middle of no where near this camp, supposedly a good camp… for his fathers job, but it was a very secret process. Bruno ends up making a friend on the other side of the fence and tries all he can to go into the camp, but what is about to happen? It is a very sad story and I was almost crying, but it is still really good, I rate it 8/10

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  332. Tayla said:

    this book is very sad, but interesting all in one. you want to keep reading but get a bit worried about what is going to happen next. this book is one of the best books i have ever read i love it so much and believe that everyone else will love it to.
    Rate: 10 out of 10:)

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  333. elgi88 said:

    When I first picked up this book because everyone told me that it was such a sad book, and judging form the front cover, I thought that it was going to be all about the War. First of all, it is NOT all about the War, there is only little comments about it. Personally, when I finished it, It thought that there must be more because it wasn’t even that sad!! The things that I liked about the book were the fact that in some of the events relating to the hatred between the Jews and the Germans, the horrible things that was happening between them weren’t completely uncovered, but at a good level for 10 year olds to read. I rate this book a ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 4 out of 5 stars, because it wasn’t very interesting to me; I prefer more action packed books.

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  334. The book ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is a very well written book based on a true story. It is set back in time of the holocaust, the author John Boyne did a good job of making this story interesting. It would be quite hard to make such a terrible time into a great book. This story involved a young boy named Bruno. Bruno had no idea who these people were on the other side of the fence but he was very curious. He never got told who they really were, what they had done to deserve to be on that side of the fence. But it seems he did a bit too much exploring which left him in danger. This book was hard to put down, i would rate is 8/10. In some parts more explaining would be better but over all it was a good read. For all you people interested in history, get your hands on this book! 🙂

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  335. Jacinta said:

    the boy in striped pyjamas is a very sad book. the book is shown through the eyes of a nine year old boy name Bruno. this book shows deep emotion and also shows how innocent people can be if they aren’t told. My favourite character is Shumuel. He always liked talking to Bruno but wasn’t sure if the soliders will see them. my favourite part of the book is when Bruno fell off the swing and Pavel help him, and when his mother came home she told him to say that Brunos mum clean him. i would definitely recommend it to people 11 and above. 🙂

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  336. Sophie said:

    I would definitely recommend the book ‘The boy in the striped pyjamas’ by John Boyne. This story is told through the eyes of a young boy named Bruno, who sees everything with innocence and doesn’t understand what he is unknowingly a part of. Due to this reason, Bruno is my favourite character in this story. I like Bruno because he sees the true bad in those that are seen as good, and the true good in those that are seen as bad; I think this a very rare and special quality to find in people, especially in those that that are older. My favourite part of the book was when Bruno offers one of the children in the striped pyjamas some food, and he hesitates before eating as he is afraid that the soldier might spot him. I liked this part because it reflected so simply yet powerfully how poorly treated and careful the Jews were with every move that they made. Even though the circumstances in this book are nowhere near similar with todays, there are still people that act in the same way that Bruno did. I mean this in the notion that some people still don’t understand the privileges that we have and take for granted, even though we have knowledge and evidence from that past and the present. My least favourite part of the book was when the family’s servant was assaulted by one of the soldiers because it made me cringe to think that it most probably actually happened in those situations. I wouldn’t change anything about the book, but one thing I would never want to change is the ending. Despite the fact that it is sad, it teaches you in a really intricate way that what goes around comes around. I really liked this book because behind the text, it told a whole other story if you search deep enough. I would recommend this book to boys and girls that can handle a sad, touching story. I rate this book 10/10.

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  337. Isabella said:

    I had to read this book for year 8 english and on the first page i was blown away. This story showed courage and love. It really demonstrated that true friendship really existed in a world of war and hate. I loved how this book talked from a small boy’s perspective of the world. That perspective has defiantly changed since then and will keep on changing. I give this book a 4 1/2 out of 5. I think that this book would be suitable for children ages 12 and up. I cant wait to see the movie and compare them both. I loved this breathtaking and inspiring book.

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  338. Holli said:

    What an amazing book! So sad but had such a great meaning behind it. I would never image humans would do something so awful to other humans. I really feel for ‘The boy in the striped Pyjamas’. Life is not fair and this book really demon straights that. A sad book, with such good meaning behind it. I would recommend it to every one and any one. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down!

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  339. melody said:

    This is a unexplainable book for many reasons because we all have different feeling for poor bruno and the shocking result of the book. In my opinion, this book is a great way to explain that what you might be doing to others, can not only happen to but your loved ones. This book reaches more than one string in your heart. I rate this booka high 9/10 becuase i loved it in many ways. My favourite character was brunos sister ‘the hopeless case.’

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  340. Gabrielle said:

    I reccomend this book to everyone, it is very sad but still a great book. Bruno is a young boy who is Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences a concentration camp, it has a shocking conclusion but a fabulous book to read.

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  341. Matilda said:

    I enjoyed this book a little bit. I thought that the start of the book was a little boring bit once I got into it I found it more enjoyable. I suppose I found it boring because it was in the eyes of a nine year old boy and he kept on talking about boring things and he kept on repeating them. But other than that it was quite enjoyable. I thought that the ending didn’t have enough emotion though… it should have been sadder… but I expect that the movie will be different. I don’t have a favourite character because it was a fairly short book without much meaningful emotion. I rate it 4/10

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  342. I LOVED this book! It demonstrates the lengths friendships go to using history in Germany throughout the time of Concentration Camps. My favourite part of the movie is when Bruno meets Shmuel – two boys from totally different backgrounds who are FORBIDDEN to even be seeing each other. Over a year, they develop an immensely close relationship after Bruno visits Shmuel every day of this period. My least favourite part is the ending. It is really sad when Shmuel’s father goes missing and Bruno climbs under the fence to help find him without realizing what is going to happen. It is really frustrating seeing how Bruno doesn’t know his Dad is involved, and him – the innocent one ends up worse off. The good side of it though is that Bruno’s Dad learns his lesson and feels guilty for what he has done for the rest of his life. It is really depressing seeing how it destroys Bruno’s Mum and sister who didn’t want to be involved at all. I found the story line similar to the one of ‘I’m not Scared’, but totally different in a way too. It is a long read, but goes quickly. It is totally worth it for readers of ALL ages!!

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  343. The book ‘The Boy In Striped Pyjamas’ Is a very touching story by the very talented, John Boyne. It is based about a young boy named Bruno. Bruno is a nine-year old boy who had everything he could ever want. A five story house in Berlin; a very picturesque town, three ‘best friends for life’ and servants. He lived with his Mother, Father and his 12 year old sister Gretel – but to Bruno she was more of a hopeless case.
    One day Brunos father announces they will be moving to a far place that Bruno calls ‘Out-With’. Brunos father works for ‘The Fury’ so when they offered him this position, he could not turn it down. Bruno was a very miserable boy at ‘Out-with’. There was nothing to do and no-one in sight except for the soldiers who worked for Brunos Dad. There was a big fence and Bruno was forbid to explore. This really upset Bruno as exploring was one of his favourite things to do.
    One day Bruno decided to take a look around ‘Out-with’ – seeing as there was nothing else for him to do. He looked through his bedroom window and noticed something. Something that made him wonder quite a bit. There was lots of little boys and big boys all dressed in matching striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence. Bruno decided to take a little exploration trip and he followed along the fence. He came to a realization that there was another boy sitting cross legged on the other side of the fence. His name was Shmuel. Shmuel and Bruno seemed to get along quite well together and the relationship they shared grew more everyday, as Bruno would go back to meet him there.
    One day, Bruno and Shmuel decide to take a little adventure of there own and the result of this is very deep and sad, showing the true innocence within friendship.
    This book really does show the ‘innocence in a world of ignorance’. It shows that over all the hardship in the world, the innocence and meaning of friendship will always trudge over it. This book is a very interesting perspective of the life of people during the war.
    When I first started reading this book, it was very interesting, descriptive and it really sucked me in. I had to read it all in one day, because each chapter just flows on making you want to read more and more! I would easily rate this book 10/10 and it is now definitely in the list of my favourite books. I would definitely recommend this book to people aged 12 and up. This book is can really bring out the emotions in you so if you’re planning on reading it, I recommend you get the tissues ready!

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  344. Steph said:

    This is a touching book about a young boy named Bruno.
    Bruno is a nine-year-old boy growing up in Berlin during World War II. He lives in a five-storey house with servants, his mother and father and 12-year-old sister, Gretel. His father wears a fancy uniform and they have just been visited by a very important person called the ‘Fury’. After this, Bruno’s father gets a new uniform and the family is forced to move to a new home at a place called ‘Out-With’. His new home has no fun and no one to play with. But one day from his bedroom window, he notices heaps of people dressed in striped pyjamas, separated from his house by a big fence.
    Bruno is forbidden to explore around his house by his Father, but boredom got the better of him and he went snooping. One day he came across the fence that he had seen with the people in the pyjamas. As he gets closer to the fence, he notices a blob in the distance, that as he came closer, revealed itself to really be a boy. Bruno introduces himself and finds out the boy’s name is Shmuel. They immediately become friends, and every day after their first meeting, Bruno goes to the fence to talk to him.
    A tale of a little boy’s innocent adventures into the world of the ‘people in the striped pyjamas’ follows.
    This book is eye opening to show the reality of children’s lives in the second world war, and i guarantee it will make you cry!

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  345. sophie said:

    Boy in the striped pyjamas is a really sad book. In the book a little boy called Bruno moves to a new house and has no one to play with, so he makes friends one day with another little boy who is trapped behind a wire fence. But Bruno’s father works for Hitler and so he is killing and making life hard for the people behind the fence. The ending of the book is very sad and I think that if you haven’t yet seen it that you definitely should. I think this would be for people 10 and over.

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  346. Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is a sad book set back when hitler was taking over and killing all the Jews, it’s the friendship between two young boys, one boy who’s father is apart of hitlers army and the other young boy is trapped in the concentration camp! The two young boys talk everyday and become best friends! There friendship is such an amazing thing it continues through everything! The end of the book is one that i will never forget..

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  347. Megan L said:

    I really loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. I was really sad but the book made me think of the good things I have, but also the really bad this that happened to the jewish people. I really liked the way it was written, It made me feel like I was really there at the same place.
    I recommend this book to people in about grade 5, but the have to understand the things people went through in that time.

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  348. This is such a touching story about the time of when Hitler ruled the world. Bruno and the rest of his family has just moved to a new house leaving all of his friends behind. But it is not till later in the book when he discovers it is actually a prison for the jews. This is a MUST READ for readers above the age of 12 because at times it is very confronting, but it is very real and touching!

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  349. Emmerson said:

    This book is the most sadest book that I have ever read. But I loved it bacause it educated me on history on what the Jews had to go though jouring the war. I am very proud that I live in Australia now that I read this book.
    When you read this book it will bring a tear to your eye but know matter what happens in this book you have to keep reading it.
    5/5 for this book

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  350. Eleni Ramia said:

    I recommend ‘Boy in The Stripped Pajamas’, to everyone that loves sad books. It is a amazing book the Author John Boyne is a great writer, and he did a fantastic job on writing this book. The “Boy in the stripped Pajamas” is about a little boy who lives a tragic and hurtful life. This book is a very sad and when you are reading it, It feels like you just do not want to put it down, and you just want to keep reading to see what happens after each chapter. I would rate this book a 9/10 because there were some things in the book that were excellent and some bits that is a little on the down side. i also recommend this book 12 years and up because they will under stand it better.

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  351. Bridey said:

    I love this book. There is no violence which makes it a suitable book for 12 year olds onwards. I love how the author, John Boyne, captures the innocents of Bruno and puts it in a way that makes you think about what it really was like for little kids and how they didn’t understand what it was about and didn’t know how they were different. I recommend this book for people around 12 years of age because they would understand it best at that time.
    I give this book a 9/10

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  352. I recommend the book ‘boy in the striped pyjamas’ because it is a really interesting book.It has it’s bad bits and it’s good bits but it has some history in it to which is good.I really like how the book is told through the perspective of Bruno because it show how innocent he is. Bruno shows that he does’t know what is going on in his life and his fathers.i recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about hitler and what bruno goes through as a young child.

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  353. This year I read the book The Boy In Striped Pyjamas and I really enjoyed it. It is about a young boy named Bruno who’s Father is a Nazi officer. Bruno and his family have to move away from their beautiful house to be near a concentration camp. Here is where Bruno meets Shmuel, a jew who is on the other side of the fence. My favourite part of the book is when Bruno meets Shmuel for the first time and he is completely unaware of what is going on behind the fence. My favourite character is Shmuel because although he is having terrible things done to himself, his family and his friends he always looks on the bright sides of things and worries about everybody other then himself. My least favourite part of the book is at the end – I won’t say what happens because I don’t want to spoil it! I would recommend this book for people 12 years and over, but this book is definitely not for younger people. Although the book is very sad, it is good to see friendship over come it.

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  354. Lorena said:

    I read this book for school in term 2 and I thought it was a really great book to read. It was really informative about the Holocaust during World War II and what life was like for the many unfortunate Jews who were made to suffer by the Nazis. The main character, Bruno was portrayed really well and I thought it was really sad how he was so naive, and how his lack of knowledge about the Holocaust led to the unfortunate events that happened in the end of the book. ( 😉 not telling what happened). The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is a great book and I absolutely loved reading and discussing it but I think that to be able to read it and understand it completely you would need to know a bit about the Holocaust.

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  355. Lots of my friends read this book and that inspired me to read it. It is a really sad book and it tells you how badly jews get treated and you wouldn’t want to be one. I felt so sorry for the little boy who just wanted to play with the kids on the other side of the fence.

    I would rate this book 9 out of 10. I would recommend this book to people no older then 11 And people who like to read really sad books and war nooks.

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  356. The book “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” was a very moving story about two boys who lead completely different lives. I really enjoyed the whole book and I was very sad when it ended the way it did. Not only did I enjoy this book but I learnt a lot from it. As the book is written from 9 year-old Bruno’s perspective it is very innocent and you have to read behind the lines to really understand it fully.
    I would recommend this book to 12 year-olds and over because the book is quite hard to understand if you don’t know what tjings like “Out-With” and “the Fury” are.
    I really enjoyed this book and I learnt lots of things from it. I wish that there was a sequel because when I finished the book I just wanted to keep reading and reading.

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  357. This book would have to be one of the most heartbreaking, interesting and bleak book I have read. When I read this book I was very shocked to read how the Jewish people were treated. I don’t understand why anyone would want to do such a cruel and nasty thing to people. The book was filled with sadness but also with friendship and love. I felt sorry for Bruno because he didn’t understand what was really happening. I felt sorry for Shmuel, Pavel and all of the other Jewish people because they had normal lives, and didn’t deserve to have them taken away from them. I recommend this book because I think it gives a clear understanding of that time.

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  358. Olivia said:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas novel i had enjoyed better then then the movie, because in the novel there are so many more things happening then the movie. I found the book amazing, i love these sorts of book, i didn’t really find a good r happy part in the book, it was all bleak, but there was also kindness and friendship in the novel. I recommend this book to the ages 11 and over, i think those ages will enjoy this book.

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  359. ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is a truly amazing book. I read it for school and Bruno and Shmuel really touched my heart. It is a great novel about the dark secrets during the holocaust, but in the end, it is true friendship that shines through. The novel has its own way of telling us about the horrors at Auschwitz and it does this effectively. It is a great read, and has a message behind it all, it teaches its readers what can happen when you discriminate against others, just like Hitler. It is a heart breaking story told through the eyes of Bruno, who is naive and doesn’t really know what is going on. The novel is written in a different kind of way as the author has truly gone all the way, as to make the words sound out as if he were the child. I would recommend this novel to anyone over 11, but I had to have it explained to me a little to get the true meaning out of it, and the book is much better when you realize what “Out-with” and “Fury” really are.

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  360. I love this book so much. We had to read it in class and at first I was annoyed because I didn’t think it would be very good but when we finished the book I realised how much I love history and learning about what Hitler did to the jews.
    It is such a good book and It is so different from any other type of book like this, instead of the main character being one of the jews he is actually the son of one of the nazi’s who has no idea what is really going on. I think it is such an inspiring story that shows that no one should be treated like this and friendship is more powerful. I strongly recommend this book for anyone over the age of 11. I would give this book a 10/10 as it is one of my favourite books ever and I have already read it again after reading it in school. 😀

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  361. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a really great book. Bruno has to move out of his house in Berlin and move to Out-With. When he goes out exploring he meets a boy named Shmuel, on the other side of the fence. This book explores the Holocaust and friendship. It shows how ignorant and cruel the world was. I recommend anyone from 13+ should read this book. This book was a great read but very sad.

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  362. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is about a young boy, Bruno, who has to move from his happy home in Berlin, to a miserable venue named Out-with. In Berlin he had his 3 best friends for life, but moving house left him with no one. But when Bruno sets off on a mission to find out more about his new home, he meets a friendly boy, Shmuel, but the only problem is that the two boys are separated by a towering wire fence. After living there for a year and visiting Shmuel on a daily basis, all sorts of things happened. One evening when Bruno met up with Shmuel, he seemed in a sad mood and looked even more dreary than normal. Shmuel’s father had gone missing. Bruno discovered he was able to lift up the wire fence, and with that in mind, Bruno and Shmuel made a plan to search for his father. But the following day, when Bruno entered the camp and witnessed what it’s like, he goes to turn back, but it’s too late. A great, but very sad read.

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  363. The book, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, was a wonderful heartbreaking story, it gives you a different view of World War Two, John Boyne gave a simple but incredibly sad story about how Bruno a Nazis Commandant’s son discovers friendship with a young Jewish boy. It shows how as different as you are we are all the same and should respect one another. This story of innocence has a heartbreaking ending which shows how ignorant and cruel this war was and how it was possible for someone to have the cold-bloodiness to stage a genocide and murder millions of innocent men, women and children.

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  364. The boy in striped pyjamas was a very touching book and definitely a wake up call. I really enjoyed the boy in striped pyjamas, because it made me realise that the world isn’t perfect and there were definitely some ups and downs in the past. Bruno, the main character, throughout the book was so innocent and naive that you just felt like slapping him in the face and telling him to wake up. He became best friends with someone he wasn’t supposed to be even near which was touching, it showed that in a world of foolishness there is still acts of friendship and humanity. I would definitely recommend this others, but be very aware that you will be quite taken aback by the way people we treated for being born into the world with the wrong background, that just didn’t pass for some people. The end of the book was heart breaking, but I can’t obviously give it away, so read the book!

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  365. The boy in the stripped pajamas is a book about a small boy called Bruno. Bruno is the type of kid that loves any sort of adventure, in his house in Berlin he would spend most of his time exploring and finding new secret places all through out his house. When Bruno and his family have to move to Out-With things changed the new house only had two stories, was in the middle of no where, and had no kids in sight. When Bruno looks out his new bedroom window for the first time he see’s some sort of weird camp cut of from everything else by a massive fence, not knowing what the fence is, Like any other young boy bruno decides to go and take a look, as he starts getting closer, he notices a small dot sitting on the other side of the fence away from everyone else as he gets closer and closer he realizes its another little boy called Shmuel. Bruno sits down in front of Shmuel and starts talking. Shmuel and Bruno talk about all sorts of things when Bruno asks how old he Shmuel replies by saying what date he was born on, to Bruno’s amazement they have the same birthday. Bruno thinks this is that start of a very long friendship, until things turn horribly wrong.

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  366. emily :) said:

    For year eight this year we had to read the book ‘The boy in the striped Pyjama’s’ I had been told by my Nan that it was a great book but I just kept thinking how could ‘I’ read a book about WW II? First theres the politics and then how I can’t relate to a character under those circumstances. I guess the truth is you just can’t judge a book by it’s cover and by what you think you know about it. Once I started reading I was staying up so late that I had to force myself to put it down. The main character is actually a young german boy called ‘Bruno’ The story is of him and his jewish friends secret innocent friendship during the war. Although I didn’t cry many of my friends and other relatives who have read this have. It’s such a real book. You can see it right in front of your eyes. Although it’s classifyed fiction it has many real facts from back then. I recommend this book to every one grade 5, 6 and up. It’s such a heart-warming book that has many secret lessons in between the lines that I think every one should read. Rating: 9.8

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  367. Hayley Blake said:

    When I started reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas It pulled me in straight away. It really captures the feelings and life of little nine year old Bruno who is German, as well as nine year old Shmuel who is Jewish. The book is set in during World War 2 at one of the Nazi death camp ‘Auschwitz’. Throughout the book it explains the difference between the Jews (who were called not people by the Germans) and Germans in 1945. How hard it was to live normally as a Jew and breaking up with family. I really enjoyed The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone willing for a good read.

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  368. This book is awesome! Its a very heartfelt and sad story about two 9 year old boys one is a jew and one is… Well I guess ‘normal’ as they called them in the holocaust days and they be friends, but Bruno (the main character and the ‘normal’ boy) doesn’t know the real reason why Shmuel (Bruno’s friend and the boy behind the fence) was behind the fence.
    Boy In Striped Pyjamas discovers how brutal, tough and unfair the ‘normals’ were to the jews behind the fence and how different there backgrounds were when Hitler lived. It shows adventure, sadness, happiness and is based on true events.
    This story is very very very sad! If your a sucker for sad stories you will definitely cry!
    I enjoyed this book a lot, its much different then the movie, so read the book too! Boy In Striped Pyjama’s has made me realise all the wars that are going on at the moment about religion and land territory. Hopefully no-one like Hitler will do anything like this again! It would be absolutely terrible!
    I like this book because its a non-fiction and fiction book at the same time. I would rate it 8/10 and recommend it for people 12+.

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  369. Boy in the Striped Pyjama’s is such an amazing book about a sweet and innocent boy who has landed himself in the middle of a world full of discrimination and inequality. Bruno is a nine year old boy, who has never none anything different to what he has been brought up as. A Nazi’s son. Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a fictional book despite the fact it is based on real events. It display’s a German’s point of view of WW2 and carefully shows how the camps looked from an outsider. Bruno’s life isn’t like normal 9 year old boy’s life, his family is very strict and they have had to relocate to a deserted house, with nothing in the distance except a long wired fence out the back. When Bruno meets Shmuel, his life is turned from dull and repetitive, to adventurous and exciting. Every day Bruno walks the long distance along the fence until he can see his friend, who stay’s on the other side.
    When two different world’s collide, Bruno and Shmuel are left with a bunch of un-answered questions full of wonder and hope.
    I loved this book, although it is written from a German’s point of view, I still think I have a better understanding of WW2 then I could have read anywhere else. Boy in the Striped Pyjama’s illustrates how simple one little boy’s life can be when another boy only a few kilometres away can have a very different concept of life. My favourite character is Shmuel, his heartwarming and devastating journey nearly brought tears to my eyes. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t fully understand WW2 and loves a heartfelt novel.

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  370. Emily said:

    I absolutely love this book. It really is a wake up call as to how lucky we really are to be safe, loved, cared for and have a roof over our heads. It’s really sad and it’s probably better if you have a bit of an idea about the Holocaust prior to reading this book. I’m in year 8 and studying this book at the moment and it just becomes more and more interesting as you read it over and over. The amount of hidden detail in this book is amazing. I would definitely recommend it to someone who can fight tears, knows about the holocaust and someone who enjoy an awesome book. It truly is a story of innocence in a world of ignorance.

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  371. bridget said:

    The Boy in the syriped pyjamas is a story told about the concentration camps long ago in Poland. It is about a boy called Bruno who moves to ‘Out-With’ or as it is called Osvitch. He loves to explore and one day meets a boy called Shmuel who is on the other side of the fence. They begin to tell each other stories and becomes really good friends. However one day something really bad happens.

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  372. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was one of the most interesting reads I’ve come across. It’s strongly showed how the Jews were treated poorly by the Germans. The author went into great depth and detail, to make the story so emotional and poignant. I fell in love with the idea of Bruno and Shmuel putting in so much effort to keep their friendship and how much those two connected.

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  373. I have recently read a book called Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne. This is about a young boy who moves from his nice home in Berlin.

    His new home at Out-With is a lot different, there are no other boys to play with. There is also a big., long wire fence, that stretches on forever.

    At the start of this book, it was very very very boring, and it kept going on forever.
    At the end, it gets more interesting and more detailed.

    My favourite character in this book was Shmuel, because it shows how hard a life it’s been for him, and how he never gives up.

    If I was to change something in this book, I would put a bit more detail into what happened at the end, because it didn’t seem very clear to me.

    My least favourite part of the book is at the start, when it’s very boring.

    I would recommend this book to age 13 and up, mainly because it can be a bit complicated.

    I also think adults would like this book.

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  374. Emily said:

    I’d never read a book that actually touched me on the inside, or that nearly made me cry, until I read this. It’s amazing how what was so cruel yet Bruno had no understanding of what was going on. I did enjoy reading this book. It’s a tear jerker but a fantastic read. My favourite part of the book was when Bruno and Shumuel first met. It was cute that they developed a friendship where they met up each day but sad that Bruno believed that on the other side of the fence they were playing and having fun. I felt strongly for Shumuel when he was punished for ‘stealing’ in the kitchen. It’s amazing that this was only a few decades back when similar cruelties took place. I recommend this for confident readers who are prepared to cry.

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  375. Boy In The Stripped Pyjamas:
    I loved this book and movie. It was really interesting but also very sad especially at the end of the book. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a fictional tale of the unlikeliest of friends: the son of a Nazi commandant and a Jewish concentration camp inmate. Written by John Boyne
    The novel, set in Nazi Germany, begins when nine-year-old Bruno and his family must move from their lovely home in Berlin to a new house in an unfamiliar place called “Out-With.” Tempted to explore his new environment, Bruno is told that there are certain places that are “Out Of Bounds At All Times And No Exceptions.” Unable to fight his adventuresome spirit, however, Bruno ventures forth into the unknown one afternoon. It is a sad and touching story but I love how Bruno shows his love for his friend and does anything to be with him and help him.

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  376. the boy in the striped pyjamas, was so interesting, but unfortunately it is so sad at the end. I hated reading the last few chapters but it was also very interesting. I new it would be very factual, but it was just so important the friendship between Shmeul and Bruno. I found it interesting how brunos father treated him different from all the other children just because he wasnt a jew, at the end his father understands what all the other family members have been going through. If your a sucker for sad storys this is your pick.

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  377. Bonnie Renic said:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas Is a compelling book.
    I loved this book because It shows the horrible things that happened during the holocaust in a small boys point of view.
    My favourite part is when bruno meets the little boy names shammul and even though they are on opposite sides of the fence, they can be best friends.
    My favourite character is Bruno, because he breaks the rules everyday so he can talk to shammul, I also love bruno because He seems as if he has a strong heart.
    My lest favourite part of the book is when bruno lies and there is trouble for shammul.
    I recommend this book for everyone, Because the book shows not only what the holocaust is about but the little boy who is living next door to one of the camps and what he goes through.

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  378. Chloe said:

    This book is clever its just a great book I really loved it I didn’t quite get it until my older sisters explained it to me!! It’s such a great book I would definitely recommend it to everyone!

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  379. Chloe said:

    This book is clever its just a great book I really loved it I didn’t quite get it until my older sisters explained it to me!! It’s such a great book I would definitely recommend it to everyone!!!

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  380. I recommend that you read the book ‘Boy in The Stripped Pyjamas’ because it is one of those books that you just cant put down.
    I really like this book because it shows that people can still be friends even in the toughest of times. It shows that just because people come from different backgrounds, doesn’t mean they can’t be friends.
    This book is full of sadness, adventure and happiness at times, and it is based on true events.

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  381. i really loved boy in the srtiped pyjamas, it was such an intriguing book to read. the only thing i would change about the book is to make go even longer. i recommend this book to anyone. i think that everyone should read this book at least once in their lives. it teaches you just how far friendship can go and how important it really is. anyone who hasn’t read this book must just read it. i give it a 9.8567 out of ten.

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  382. I recommend the book The Boy in the Striped pyjamas because it teaches you the true meaning of friendship!
    This is a fantastic book to read because it is one of those books that is so hard to let go.
    It is based upon two boys who discover each others personality and there differences they become best friends and it is a sad loving story that will touch your heart in many ways possible.
    It is the story that is full of adventure, fun and sadness, the book is full of the most unexpected surprises that you will love. It shows true courage and bravery between two boys.
    The ages I would recommend is 14+!
    I would rate this book 10/10!
    Have fun reading!

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  383. his story is set in berlin during the second world war when hitler was trying to eliminate all the jews. when bruno moved from berlin to somewhere in the country he becomes friends with a boy on the other side of the fence shumal. this story is so sad and great story of friendship. it shows you that any two people no matter how different they are can be friends. this is such a great book and i would rate it 9 out of 10. i would definitely recommend this book to anyone over 13.

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  384. I am so pleased with myself that I had the opportunity to read this book! It clearly illustrates the gruesome doings during the holocaust, and the views of an innocent child named bruno. This book was extremely well written and I found myself making very clear pictures in my head about what the characters would look like and the setting and scenery. I thought the ending was so sad and just shows how wrong hitler truley was. If you read the books once or then, you will love this story based in the same time frame. Enjoy,
    Laura

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  385. The boy in the striped Pyjamas is set a while back during the tie that hitler was in charge. If your interested in The time of the nazis I think this book would be very interesting to you as its not what you would normally hear about those times, it is how it was seen by a small 9 year old boy living in those times. Its so touching when Bruno becomes best friends with Shmuel and 9 year old jewish boy. Bruno says he would do anything for Shmuel and he truly means it. This book shows the true meaning of friendship, and how much one person can mean to someone. I would recommend this book to people of all ages but particularly those who are interested in Books set in different countries and different times .

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  386. This book is about to boys bruno and shumal who make a friendship through a fence. althought it is complicatd and bruno lets shumal down on countless ocasions there bonds are so tit it is a beautiful book to read.Theis was a great book because i learnt alot obout the natzies and hittler which i had never heard of!
    this made me feeling very sad because of the end were they die, it made me cry because they did not deserve that infustice.

    i love this book

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  387. I think this was a great book. I couldn’t put it down. It is very well set and has a hard take on the events that took place in world war 2. The story takes place with a young boy Bruno who is the son of a highly respected German Soldier. Fathers new job forces the family to move from the comfortable home in berlin to a isolated house in the country. It is here that Bruno meets a young boy on the other side of a strange fence, Shmuel. The story gives a lot of insight in to the atrocities of world war 2 but also teaches the reader the value of friendship and Kindness.
    enjoy 🙂

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  388. This book was one of the greatest books I have ever read! I recommend it to anyone. It is set in the time of World War 2 and is about a 9 year old boy named Bruno who has to move to a concentration camp because his father is the commander. Bruno knows nothing of what it happening to the strange people on the other side of the fence. All he knows is that they are all boys and they all wear the same thing; grey striped pyjamas. One day Bruno goes out exploring along the fence and he meets a boy on the other side of this fence and they learn a lot about each other from their daily meetings. I really loved this book but I found it really sad too.

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  389. we studied this book in english and im sooo glad we did because i absolutey love it. I had read it before but i enjoyed it a lot more because i understand what was really going on. It is a interesting subject and this book though fictional really shows you that these terrible things really did happen. Bruno is just so oblivious to what is going on around him which makes it so much more sadder.definately give this a go but remember to have the tissue on hand.

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  390. This is an amazing book that pulls on the heart strings of anyone who reads it. Reading this book made me really passionate about World War Two, it really opened my eyes to the cruelty and unjust treatment of the jews. The book was about innocence in a world of ignorance and it was extremely hard to put down. This book isn’t for the faint hearted but is a must read, although i wouldn’t recommend it to younger children. ENJOY!

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  391. i have lately read this book ‘the boy in the striped pyjamas’ set in berlin, world war 2. an innocent nine year old boy named bruno. when his fathers job changes to a nazi comandment young bruno and his family are forced to move to a place called out-with. here is a very dull and lonley place and bruno doesnt like it at all. life changed for bruno as goes out exploring where he meets a young boy in the other side of the fence named shmuel. shmuel becomes a great friend through out the book and helps bruno get through the tough times especially when there is no one else he can really talk too. im not going to say anything else about the book, except that is such a great book and so interesting ! i recommend this book because it gives us great knowledge of what people went through in the time of the holocaust. its also a very sad book, and you just cant put it down because the characters just make the story ! enjoy 🙂

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  392. The boy in the stripped pyjamas is set in World War 2 basing the book on the Holocaust. When Bruno a young boy, a son of a nazi comandment arrives at Out-with (Aushwitz) he doesn’t understand what is happening in the world around him. Bruno meets a boy name Shmuel and they develop a close friendship. One day when Shmuel says he can’t find his father Bruno immediately wants to help but doesn’t realise the consequence of his actions. The first time I read this book I didn’t believe the ending and had to go back and read the last chapter again. This book has a message of hope and gives you an insight into the Holocaust. Although the book might seem boring if you real read between the lines the book becomes more interesting. I hope you enjoy!

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  393. I read a book recently called ‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. This book is amazing, it’s only short but really touching. I read the book then saw the movie, the book was a lot better, if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, read the book first, then see the movie.

    The book is about a young boy named Bruno who’s dad has an important job. Bruno goes for a walk one day and meets a little boy on the other side of the fence, they become good friends.

    I better not say anymore or i’ll spoil the book, if you do decide to read it i guarantee you’ll like it but you may need a box of tissues. It’s only a small book and doesn’t take very long to read. I hope you enjoy it.

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  394. I read this book in English Class. It is the story of Bruno an innocent and extremely naive little boy who is the son of the Nazi Commandant. Bruno doesnt realise what is going on in the world around him, he thinks his father is the greatest man in the world. In this story Bruno moves house and is very lonley at Aushwitz (Outwith) So when Bruno meets another boy from the other side of the fence of course he makes friends with him. This is where we first meet The boy in striped Pyjamas. At first I thought that this book was going to be quite boring but as I read more, the more I enjoyed it. I found it quite fun to read in between the lines and notice the things the bruno didnt pick up on. The ending did not come as a surprise to me, you could see where the plot was going the moment Bruno agrees to help his friend Shmuel, by coming under the fence. This book was a good book, although a few english lesson in which you over analise the book can take that special effect away. I really nenjoyed my first read of The boy in striped Pyjamas and I’d reccommend it to any people who enjoy studying WW2 and to people aged 11 and up. Happy reading !

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  395. this book is so sad but i enjoyed it from the start.
    it is about a young 9 year old boy called Bruno who lives in Berlin with his parents and 12 year old sister. he is devestated when they have to move from their home, and he has to move away from all of his friends. they move to a strange place that he calls “Out-With.” Bruno dislikes Out-With and is very lonely, he can see all of his friends on the other side of the fence. Bruno decides to go on the other side of the fence. he mad a heart breaking decisions. i would recommened this book to everyone. it was a beautiful book to read. i give it a 10 out 10

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  396. The Boy in the Striped was fantastic!
    At the start of the book I found it a little boring however after a couple of chapters I began to really enjoy it.
    It was great wile reading the book to learn about the history of the holocaust aswell as reading about the frienship that blossems between Bruno and Shmuel. Despite the obstacles the two boys faced they managed to stay friends and look out for eachother until the very end. It was good to read about the war from a childs perspective. I just felt very sad for what little Bruno and Shmuel had to go through and the ending was just so tradgic. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a must read and I recomened it to everyone. It makes me feel so lucky and thankful that i have not lived through a war and I live in a peaceful country like Australia.

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  397. the boy in striped pyjamas is a very heart felt book. I recommend to anyone that they must read this book because it is just lovely and you really will enjoy it. So please reserve for it or if you see it please get it.

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  398. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas would be one of the most amazing novels that I have ever read! I liked this book because it told the story of the horrific things that happened to some many people during the time of the holocaust.
    but by relating it back to the innocence of a child made it more personal and touching. I find it hard to choose just one part of the novel that I consider to be my favourite. I think the relationship between Bruno and Schmuel this would be my favourite part as it brings two completely different worlds together and shows how the innocence of two children can lead to such heartbreak and anguish. My favourite characters would be Schmuel and Bruno. This is because through all the evil that happens throughout the book, all the poor treatment of so many people, these two built a relationship that lead to key events in the novel. I do have a least favourite part to this book. Although it is important that it was included to add to the shock and horror of the story, I wont say what it is as it would ruin the story for anyone wanting to read it! I would recommend this book to other people because i think that it was fantastic. It is easy to read and the creativity of it keeps you hooked in from start to finish and leaves you wanting more. I would recommend this book to anyone, i don’t think that you have to be interested in a particular genre to enjoy this book! 🙂

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  399. One great book; three hankies required. I have recently read The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyd.I was unable to put this book down until i had read cover to cover. This book involves to main characters; Bruno and Shmuel. Bruno is a young German boy whos father is in the army with Hitler. Shmuel is a young Jewish boy who has been pplaced in a concentration camp. Bruno walks donw to the barb-wire fence surrounding the cmap, every afternoon to talk to Shmuel and in most cases takes food with him to share with Bruno. Bruno then escapes and joins Shmuel beyond the wire fence. He was never found again. I found this book very touching and it is an eye opener to people who may take their privlidges for granted. I would recomend this book to anyone no younger than 10 years old.

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  400. This book is set in the time when Hitler was around, the time of the Holocaust. It is about a boy named Bruno who has to move to a house he thinks is called ‘Out With’. He looks out his bedroom window and sees a giant fence, circling a big yard. In this yard are lots and lots of people, all dressed in striped pyjamas. He has no idea who they are or why they are there, so he decides to find out, and become EXTREMELY close. One day he meets a boy, a boy that is quite similar to him. And they become friends, best friends. I think this book is so meaningful and honest, that you will probably go through many boxes of tissues. I recommend this book to everyone because it gives you so much information about the Holocaust, but puts it in terms that you are sure to understand. It is full of adventure, sadness, love and friendship which is such a big part of everyday life and I could read it over and over again!

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  401. The Boy in Stripped Pyjama’s is a fantastically written book not only because of the great storyline but also because it is in Bruno’s( the main character in the story)perspective. I loved this book because Bruno is so innocent and loving, and i like this about characters. I am also interested in the second world war and this is what the book is based around. Bruno is by far my favourite character because of his personality. John Boyne, the author, did a great job of describing Bruno, his looks and his personality, as well as his life and what Bruno thought of the war. It is definitely a good book for people who are interested in world war 2 and Hitler and you will also need a few or more boxes of tissues. Enjoy reading it!

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  402. This story is sure to need at least 3 boxes of tissues maybe more! It is a loving act of kindness from a little boy who’s dad is cruel and mother horrified about what happens to the jews.It is a terrible ending to the book but people need to understand what they went through and show some love to the jews instead of being racial to them and about their religion.
    If you are thinking of reading this make sure you can handle a tear or to and I would also recommend this book to 13 + but you would have to be a mature reader aswell!

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  403. This story was phenomenon and it really touched my heart. It was properly the saddest movie i have ever seen because of how those jewish people got treated. My favourite character was shmoel the one in the striped pyjamas, cause he was the one who touched my heart the most. I did end up crying of course, but that’s what i do. I cant help it! I watched this movie with my mum and she also cried. I would recommend this movie to people over the age of 12 (12+)
    because of the sadness. You properly wouldn’t want young kids crying and going through this movie. It wouldn’t be a good idea. But definatley watch this cause it will change you opinion about whats going on in the world!

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  404. I recommend The Boy In The Striped Pajamas to anyone that loves a great adventure and a good nice tear or two. It is based around the time when Hitler ruled Germany. It is a really tear jerking story about a little boy Bruno who moves to Auschwitz because of his fathers work as a high-ranking SS officer. Bruno soon discovers his life is dull without his friends from Berlin. He is a very adventurous boy so he goes walking one day and finds a camp. Where he meets a boy called Shmuel who is in a concentration camp. Bruno doesn’t know that he isn’t allowed to talk to the kids over the fence. So he soon starts to ask questions.

    I loved this book because of the thrills of excitement, sadness and angriness while reading it. It is a very emotional book. But I would rate it 5 stars out of 5. My favorite character is Bruno I feel that when I read it I can connect my feelings and that we really relate. He doesn’t get told much and then tries to find the answers for him self. A historical book about a dull life of Bruno Of Berlin that becomes a sad tale.

    🙂

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  405. Hello, my name’s Olivia, i’m in year 7, and i haven’t read the boy in the striped pyjamas, but i have seen the movie. it was fantastic. It made me think a lot about how the boys in detention centers feel. They dont know any different. When they got put in the gas chamber i thought they were having a shower, until they started complaining, and i knew EXACTLY what was happening. It made me upset, and he didnt even have a real name! they are so badly treated. i am going i would write more, but i have to go to science. poor little Shmol!!

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  406. the boy in stripped pyjamas is a very sad movie and to think that it was based on a true story makes it even sadder to watch and read. but it is a very good movie and book and i highly recommend it

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  407. The boy in the striped pyjamas is an amazing book that shows the innocence of young children in the time of the nazi’s.

    Bruno is a young boy that lives in berlin and has a good life. His dad is in the army and is relocated. The family moves and soon enough they are living in a new house. Bruno discovers what he thinks is a farm and doesn’t understand why his parents wont let him visit is. He can see people in striped pyjamas. one day he wanders off finds a boy about the same age as him sitting next to the fence. The boy is called shmuel. They start a friendship that is full of curiosity.

    This book is good for anyone that enjoys a book about discovery and also about the nazi’s. it is informative as well as enjoyable. I highly recommend it!!

    I can relate to bruno because he is curious and wants to know why he isn’t allowed to know things. This is like me!

    The movie is great as well and i recommend that as well

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  408. This year i read the book called the boy in the striped pyjamas. I had no idea about the past and how rong and horrible the germans were to the jews. The book is easy to understand and i loved reading every word of it.Its full of so many emotions, sad,happy and just plain tragic. This book was about how a young boy makes a friend in a jew while his father is one of the leaders of the german army. Will this book end sadly or will it end in joy? I would recommend this for ages 12 and above.I give this book a 9 out of 10.

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  409. Last year I read this book called ” The boy In Striped Pajamas”. This book was really good. The book is based in the World War 2. The Boy has a happy life near friends and family until he finds out he has to move to the middle of no where with his sister, mum and dad. His father works at constration camp and He finds the fence to the constration camp and finds a little boy around his age. As they get to know each other bettter he finds more out about the camp and soon realise what is coming. But will he be able to save him in time?

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  410. Hey
    I read this book for Lit Circles last year. When I first started reading it, I thought it was a bit boring, but once I got into it it was really good. It is about a boy called Bruno who has a nice life in Berlin. But when his Father gets a new job, they have to move away to a place where there is no fun and games, no friends to play with, and certainly nothing happy. Then, when everything seemed like it couldn’t get any better, Bruno meets Shmuel, another young boy who lives behind a fence…
    This is a touching story and I recommend it to anyone that loves a good sad story.

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  411. it is a wonderful book that shows friendship. i think that bruno is someone who doesn’t care if people r diff. he chooses a great friendship with a jew and that is a great bond between them both.

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  412. This Book Is The Wonderful Story Of A Un Aloud Friend ship Between a Jew And A Nazi Captains Son.
    Bruno ( Nazi Son) Climbs Over That Fence.
    But Will He Come Back?

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  413. this book is sad it is a definate book to read it is definatley a three hanky read!!!!!!

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  414. i absolutely loved this book, it was fantastic, there was so much emotion and beauty involved in this book, i often cried my eyes out reading this. Bruno moves because of his fathers job, he meets Shmuel and they become close friends. Bruno does not understand why Shmuel wears these stripped pajamas and lives on the other side of the fence, but he thinks that either way, its facinating and a job fit for a wonderful explorer like him.
    I also watched the movie, absolutely beautiful! I loved the book more though, but it was good to see the book in perspective.
    Everyone should read this. Its one of the best books i have ever read and after reading this i became more interested in the holocaust and world war 2.

    Thanks for listening!!!!
    georgia. xxxx

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  415. Heyyy,

    The Boy In The Striped Pyjama’s is a touching story about a boy named Bruno. Bruno and his family live in Berlin where he lives in a mansion until his father is re located to out with. In Out With everything is the opposite to Berlin, their house is small and he now has no friends. His dad is always working and his mother is becoming depressed without the company of her old friends. The only other child he can play with is his older sister who thinks she knows everything. The two of them don’t get along. Over the road is a fence where you are able to see people in striped pj’s. Bruno doesn’t understand why he can’t go over, but one day when he was walking along the fence he see’s a boy in stripped pj’s on the other side, the two boys look pretty similar, the two boys are the same age and become friends. Bruno and Shmuel (his friend) meet everday at the same spot. Bruno has no idea what goes on over the fence but thinks it looks like fun.

    Ok, I better stop there otherwise I’ll give to much away, so you all need to read.

    Olivia xxx

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  416. Set in the times of the Holocaust, Bruno is a nine year old boy, who always ‘tries to be honest with himself.’ Follow him as his Father’s work leads him to a new life, which is so foreign to him. During the pages of the book, Bruno will grow, learn and meet a young boy on the other side of the fence.
    This book is so effective, because you are utterly sympathetic with this innocent boy, and you believe entirely that he will take you on a safe journey. But the setting of the book is tragic, there fore this striking, memorable book is too.

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  417. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a fantastic story and it is beautifully written. Each chapter ends with a question or something to make you want to keep reading which makes it impossible to put down.
    You definitely don’t need to know anything about WWII to understand this book and it is seen through the innocent young eyes of little Bruno.
    It is upsetting the things he doesn’t understand or the things he thinks are fantastic like how the people on the other side of the fence get to wear their ‘pyjamas’ all day.
    This is definitely a fantastic book to read and I’d recommend it to everyone. Just have the tissues accessible.

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  418. this is a really beautiful book i recommend you read the book then go see the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i highly recommend it

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  419. There is a note inside the dust jack of one edition of “The Boy in Striped Pyjamas” that says that the best way to go into this book, is to know nothing about it before you read it. I agree strongly with this. I went into this book only knowing it was about a young boy in the holocaust and I was totally blown away when I read it. To read this book however, you need an understanding of what hapenned in the holocaust otherwise you won’t understand what is really hapenning as the story is told through the eyes of an innocent young boy who doesn’t know whats really going on.
    This book is very easy to read. It is gripping and so very sad. It won’t take you long to read but it will stay with you forever.

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  420. i read this for lit. circles last year. From the first turn of the page it had me hooked. it is based on a little boys perspective of WW2 in germany. It has you wanting more and leaves you speechless. i sincerely recommend it if you love history, friendship and a bit of a cliff hanger.

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  421. I began to read this book, thinking i could ease my reading into more reality situations, and i began to read it and felt like my heart seriously had been pulled. It was so sad how two people from completely different situations can find the friendship and love that others wouldn’t see in that world.
    It was Beautiful.

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  422. This book was absolutely amazing. I loved it from the moment i started. It was fasinating and I recomend it to everyone. OMG

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  423. Bruno is a nine-year-old boy growing up in Berlin during World War II. He lives in a five-storey house with servants, his mother and father and 12-year-old sister, Gretel. bruno and his family have to move towns and he leaves behind his best friends. when they arrive at their new place bruno immediately feels very homesick and all he wants is to see his friends. a great book but also quite sad.

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  424. I read the novel The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, it tells a story of 9 year old Bruno growing up in Berlin during world war 2. As the story develops we see Bruno and his family move house as his father recieves a promotion. The family leaves Berlin and Bruno’s school and friends. The new place is called “Out-with” which Bruno heartily dislikes because his friends are far away. Although forbidden Bruno explores the interesting town just beyond the backyard where everyone wears pyjamas all day everyday. It is here he meet Shmuel, a Jewish prisoner in the “town”. As days go by and the boys friendship grows eventually Bruno ventures under the fence and the boys go exploring together. This story gives the holocaust a unique look through the eyes of a child. Although some parts may seem far-fetched young children reading this book may raise some important questions on this particular part of history. I believe it is a good educator as we need to revisit the past to save our futures 🙂

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  425. Although I’ve often heard good things about The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne, it’s only recently I got the chance to read it. I was worried it might be depressing and too detailed, but in fact it is a wonderful book, which still portrays the Holocaust as a terrible thing, but in the eyes of an innocent, optimistic and naive young boy.
    When Bruno’s father is promoted to an important role in the war, the family moves away from their wonderful Berlin home to a forbidding old house, where they are far away from everywhere and Bruno and his sister can’t go to school. Bored and restless, Bruno decides to go exploring, hoping discover who the people on the other side of the fance are, and why they are all wearing striped pyjamas.
    As it slowly emerges what is happening, and the reader realises where the family are really living, bruno establishes a firm friendship with Shmuel, a jew, and tries to work out fact from fiction, and who he should believe, Shmuel or his father?

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  426. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne is a book about a young boy Bruno. Bruno and his family move from happy home in Berlin to a house that has no one and nothing to play with. Bruno has no idea about what is over the other side of the fence, He is oblivious to the fact that the things that the “fury” have in mind for his father are not good things for the people on the other side of the fence. This book was a great book that is based on the Holocaust. I would recommend this book to mature readers that can take a sad book.

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  427. The boy in the striped pyjamas is about Bruno who moves from the city to the countryside next to a camp. He believes the people in the camp are farmers all in maching clothes thats until he meets the Shumal on the other side of the fence.he tells him about the terrible thing that happen on that side of the fence and Bruno becomes curious so for there last play Bruno climbs under the fence and they go looking for his dad but instead they find themselfs in a big room with alot of nached people and they get gased . This is the sadest book i have ever read. I recomend it to anyone who likes sad books but i think to enjoy it high school people and older would be most sutid to this book. I would give this a 4 out of 5 five because it was a great book but it was to sad how it ended. This is a great book and i recomend it to people who like sad books.

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  428. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a great book with lots of excitement and emotion. The book is about this boy called Bruno and he moves house which he doesn’t like because of his Father’s work. bruno wishers that he didn’t have to move because he misses all his friends. I recommend this book for anyone that likes sad stories.

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  429. The boy in the stripped pyjamas is a great book with lots of emotion. The book is about a boy named Bruno that moves house due to his fathers work. They moved to a house called outwith that was near a concerntration camp that Bruno thought was a farm with millions of boys to play with. Bruno eventully meets a boy called Shumeul and they share their intrests and become friends. Sadly this book ends sad. But it is a recommended book for everyone.

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  430. So sad, shows the innocences in some of the people who were involved with the war and how obviously devastating it was. i loved this book its one of my all time favourites and theres only a few of those. 🙂

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  431. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a must read book. it is about a 9 year old boy named Bruno. Bruno is an innocent boy living in the time of hitler. His father has a special job and they have to move from their mansion in berlin to live closer to the Dad’s job. On the way Bruno meet’s a boy who’s name is to hard to spell. they start to become friends and soon they are un separable. one day bruno decides to go over to where the boy lives!! A CONCENTRATION CAMP. i wont ruin the rest but i can tell you, you will need many boxes of tissues to get through the end. it is now made into a movie!!! that is a good movie

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  432. i thought this book was really sad and confusing. but to understand it you have to really read it propley. i recomend for older children and adults.
    but this book is fantastic!
    the boy in striped pyjamas is about a boy called Bruno and when he moved houses he meets a boy in a concerntration camp, he was a jew. bruno had the wrong the wrong idea, he thought it was a fram where he could go and a play with the boys. you have to read it!!!! its really good:):):)

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  433. ohh… my goodness i love this book. its sooo… sad but its still a really great read, i recomend it to every one except little kids it is a bit adultish. 🙂
    love milly!!!!!

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  434. This is a very touching book about a boy ina concentration camp. Read it, I recommend it.

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  435. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a sad book but a very good book to read. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  436. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a great book which I would recommend to anyone. It is about a boy called Bruno that moves house and meets a boy in a concerntration camp (he was a jew). Bruno thought that it was a farm with plenty of BOYS he could play with. It is a sad story but deffinetly worth reading.

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  437. The boy in the striped pyjamas is a fantastic read. It tells an amazing story about a young innocent boy. Who is confused about the people he sees out his bedroom window dressed in striped pyjamas and living in huts. He does something that has severe consequences that he doesn’t know about . All he is trying to do is help. This book is great for anyone, I highly recommend it.

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  438. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne, is the story of Bruno, the young son of a Nazi general in WW2. He provides us with an innocent view of war and of people, particularly when he meets Shmuel, a strange boy who lives behind a barbed wire fence with whom he strikes up a friendship. Soon enough, Shmuel invites Bruno to come and see where he lives, which, unbeknownst to Bruno, is a concentration camp. A heart wrenching book that sends out a strong message about equality, humanity and the importance of childhood with an ending that haunted me for weeks. A good book to read if you are studying Night (by Elie Weisel); I give it a 9.5/10

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  439. this book is amazing. i just couldn’t put it down. bruno goes on a great adventure. bruno’s father gets a new job. i cried through this book. it is so sad through the emotion that is written in this book. i would recomend this book to anyone end everyone. it is just os fantastic.

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  440. i enjoyed this book a lot because of the adventure Bruno has and how he forms a relationship with Shmuel on the other side of the fence. But at the end of the book when children and adults got gased i cried no stop because of all the emotion the book put me through. If any body is looking for a book with friendship, adventure and danger i woulod recomend this book, The Boy In The Strpied Pyjamas.

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  441. This book is so addictive that I could not put it down. Brunos father is a solider who has been given a new job at Out-With so the family leaves berlin for a new life but Bruno is very unhappy. Bruno doesn’t understand why when he looks out his window there are people living in huts and wearing striped pyjamas. This book has a very sad ending but I won’t give it away I would reccomend this book to anyone who loves a sad and exciting story.

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  442. if you love world war stories then this is the book for you. Bruno is a young boy with a very vivid imagination. He loves to explore in and around his house. Bruno does not understand the world that he lives in. He is a young confused boy that is until he meets Shmuel. Shmuel is a boy on the other side of the fence who becomes close friends with bruno. This is a sad but wonderful story and I loved it so much. I fully recommend it.

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  443. This book is so SAD 😦 but it is a remarkable story! I havent loved a book so much as this one. I rate it a 9/10 which is very high. It shows what can happen around the world and what some poor children go though -were so lucky! This book is about 9 year old Bruno who lives in Berlin with his parents and 12 year old sister. He is so innocent and unaware of what is happening. His family moves to a strange place called “Out With” where a very importent man called “The Fury” has sent his father to be in charge. Bruno hates this new place and wants to go back to Berlin were he can be with his 3 bestfriends forever and ever. When Bruno finds his new room he sees a window from his window his can see children living behind a huge wire fence. The people he can see are all in striped pyjamas. one day he wanders off finds a boy about the same age as him sitting next to the fence. The boy is called shmuel. They start a friendship that is full of curiosity. I belive the book is better then that movie so if you have seen the movie it is still worth reading the book aswell. Or if you havent seen the movie the book it perfect for you. I really do recommend it!

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  444. This book, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is truly one of the most amazing books i have read. Bruno is such an innocent boy and does not understand what is going on in the outside world, where he is or how terrible his father is. i really love this book because it is set in a very harsh time and i also learnt alot about what was going on by reading this book. Even though it is sad, i think that you gain alot of knowledge throughout this book and it has helped me understand the terrible things that were going on and i have realised how lucky we are.
    i reccomend this book to every single person at most elder ages. If you have not read this book, put it on your list!!!!! Every page i turned never seemed to fail my expectations.

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  445. i love this book. i read it when i was in grade 6 so i cant really remember it. i think the book is way better then the movie and it is more heart felt and you feel more of the emotions when Bruno goes in to the jew camp. i would recomend it to anyone

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  446. I recommend “The boy in the striped pyjamas”. I’m not sure who the author is, but it is a great book and it will make you cry!
    The boy in the striped pyjamas is about a little Boy called Bruno and his dad is an officer in the German Army. As a part of his fathers job, Bruno’s family and himself have to move to the country for his dad to run a concentration camp, but Bruno does not know that it is a concentration camp for the Jewish, Bruno thinks it is a special farm and always asks, “Why are they wearing striped pyjamas?”
    Bruno is band from going to meet the people in the striped pyjamas, but he is curious, so he sneaks over and meets a boy there. They Become Great friends.
    If you like history or sad stories this id a good book to read.

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  447. ‘the boy in the striped pyjamas’ is a truly touching story. this book is about a boy named bruno, who is quite young. he has to move house, which he doesnt like very much. but then, one day, he decides to go exploring. he finds a fence and travels along it, for what seems like forever. then finally he finds something. a boy. on the other side of the fence. this is when the adventures begin.
    it is about friendship and understanding what is happening in the world, whether it be good or bad.
    if you like sad books with a meaning, then this is definitely the book for you. but when you pick it up to start reading, dont forget to bring the tissue box.
    i highly recommend this book to everyone!
    bye

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