The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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A new edition of this best-selling book from David Fickling Books.

 
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne

What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil? Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

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  • Paperback
    $24.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781849920438
    Published: 01/05/2010
    Imprint: David Fickling Books (PB)
    Extent: 224 pages
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    ISBN: 9780385609401
    Published: 02/12/2005
    Imprint: David Fickling Books
    Extent: 224 pages
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    ISBN: 9781409097532
    Published: 19/03/2010
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    Published: 19/03/2010
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    ISBN: 9781846576522
    Published: 01/06/2006
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"This novel is a fine addition to a once taboo area of history, at least where children's literature is concerned. It provides an account of a dreadful episode short on actual horror but packed with overtones that remain in the imagination. Plainly and sometimes archly written, it stays just ahead of its readers before delivering its killer punch in the final pages." - Nick Tucker, Independent

"The great strength of Bruno's narrative is the way it is mired in the parochial preoccupations of a nine-year-old... for the younger reader, the slow revelation of detail becomes an education in real time of the horrors of 'Out-With', known to the grown-ups as Auschwitz.... The Boy in Striped Pyjamas is a small wonder of a book. Bruno's education is conducted slowly, through a series of fleeting social encounters rather than by plunging him into a nightmare landscape." - The Guardian

"An extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war seen through the eyes of two young boys, it's stirring stuff. Raw literary talent at its best. More please!" - Irish Independent

"'Quite impossible to put down, this is the rare kind of book that doesn't leave your head for days. Word of mouth should be strong and this has the potential to cross over to an adult audience. A unique and captivating novel, which I believe deserves huge success'" - Becky Stradwick, Borders, The Bookseller

"A memorable and moving story, with a child's view of a frightening adult world." - Oxford Times

"Interview with John Boyne. 'Boyne carries the story so effectively, particularly in the ending, that few readers will avoid tears." - The Bookseller

"Grab it before it is grabbed by the curriculum gurus. It won't let you go." - Lindsey Fraser, The Bookseller

"Destined to be one of the most talked about books of the year." - www.askews.co.uk

"Every now and then something outstanding comes along and blows you away...the naivity of both children is both beautiful and gut-wrenching. There have been many books written on the Holocaust, but I have never come across a children's book that has been so well written." - Wild Geese (blog)

"Set to become a publishing phenomenon...it will take children over 10 on an emotional rollercoaster. Adults will love the book too. They will be moved, amazed and astonished." - David O'Callaghan, Irish Examiner

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John Boyne

John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. The winner of two Irish Book Awards, he is the author of seven novels, including the international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was made into a Miramax feature film and has sold more than five million copies worldwide. His novels are published in over forty languages.

He lives in Dublin.

www.johnboyne.com

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