The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Award-winning by John Boyne (author) (UK edition)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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Berlin, 1942. When ten-year-old Bruno gets home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed into crates. His father has received a promotion, and the family must move to a new house far away, where there is no-one to play with and nothing to do. When they arrive at their new home, Bruno is baffled by its isolation, and by the razor-wire fence which stretches around it as far as the eye can see. Surely there must be more to this desolate place than meets the eye? And who is the boy across the fence, wearing striped pyjamas? Now a major film, this is an unforgettable Holocaust tale of innocence, evil, and a friendship that crosses all boundaries.

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David Fickling Books

Date published

April 29th, 2010

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.8; Upper years; 7.0 points

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  • 224 pages



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  1. leggk1
    on 1 March 2017

    This is quite a sad story but still an amazing one. There is a very unexpected and shocking ending and it captures what life was like in world war 2 for an eight year old boy with a German commander for a Dad. I would recommend it for older children and prepare to get very upset!(although it is worth it as it is a unique and heart stopping, emotional story. John Boyne is an amazing author!!!

    5 out of 5
  2. PenguinPenguin3
    on 10 October 2014

    This is quite a sad story but still an amazing one. There is a very unexpected and shocking ending and it captures what life was like in world war 2 for an eight year old boy with a German commander for a Dad. I would recommend it for older children and prepare to get very upset!(although it is worth it as it is a unique and heart stopping, emotional story. John Boyne is an amazing author!!!

  3. wanda1
    on 8 March 2014

    a sad but amazing storyyy

    5 out of 5
  4. hazza710
    on 7 March 2014

    Very good book with a hidden ending that keeps you on the edge of your seat

    5 out of 5
  5. bookaholic202
    on 7 March 2014

    I was crying my eyes out at the end. It makes you realise the horrors of war.

  6. wobblybob
    on 6 March 2014

    :( This book has made me think about the horrors… I’m glad we live in a world where when we have problems they are only little things unlike in the past where the problems were much for serious.

    A super book Touching and Emotional. It’ll make you think hard about how lucky we are to live in a world that has little conflict in comparison to then.

    Please read it and spread the word of how lucky we are…

  7. Mohsen1010
    on 4 March 2014

    This book will have you in tears. Although it starts of slow,you soon get wrapped up in the story and feel as if you are there. It’s amazing to see the different points of view. The characters and imagery are so believable that it is almost impossible to forget that it is only a book. Definitely 5/5!

  8. vampglamdork
    on 7 June 2013

    sooooooooooo sad!

    5 out of 5
  9. natashakrywald
    on 9 March 2013

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

  10. AgentTigerlily132
    on 8 March 2013

    Great story but it made me cry! x

  11. Helloioioi
    on 7 March 2013

    this book is so sad!

  12. Zoyaangel
    on 5 March 2013

    A sad story that has a meaning :( made me cry!

  13. Nashdasher
    on 5 March 2013

    This book made my cry one minute an smile the next hard to believe this really happened

    5 out of 5
  14. lap312i
    on 5 March 2013

    i would like to read it

  15. bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    Omg one of the best books in thhe world I really loved Imy heart broke but all in all a great book

  16. Smellyelle
    on 4 March 2013

    this book is amazing. I cried and I smiled. It’s hard to think that these things happened to people. I would nearly say its my favourite book ever.

  17. Sherlock25
    on 4 March 2013

    A sad story of life in the concentration camp, but the two boys form a friendship that cant be broken and they are together til the end

  18. stupendousteen
    on 4 March 2013

    a really sad book. truly emotional

    5 out of 5
  19. Dandy15
    on 4 March 2013

    Such a sad story!! To believe this sort of thing could have happened!

  20. catlover96
    on 4 March 2013

    This is one moving book. It’s a tear-jerker! I really learned a lot about what life was like during the World War 2 days. I really recommend this one.

  21. Magicme11
    on 20 February 2013

    John Boyne is a fantastic author.I was sad at the end.

    5 out of 5
  22. addy123
    on 2 February 2013

    This book is very heart-touching and is really good for kids. I think that the book is better than the Movie.

    4 out of 5
  23. TwilightTeamEdward
    on 1 February 2013

    this book is really sad.

  24. dolphincrush
    on 31 January 2013

    Incredibly sad book book but one of the best ever!

  25. amylou215
    on 16 January 2013

    Extremely touching, definitely worth a read if you haven’t read it already!

    5 out of 5
  26. Emster123
    on 11 January 2013

    I honestly loved this book and it would definitely be my all time favourite book!! This book is not for the feint hearted and certainly for older ones. It’s sooo sad and will leave you constantly gripping at the edge of your seat, every page. The ending is very sudden and shocking but the whole book is without doubt a book to read!!! Would recommend it to anyone xx

  27. Milliemoo27
    on 7 January 2013

    It’s was Brilliant, finished it in 2 Days, couldn’t put it down.

    5 out of 5
  28. bookuniverse
    on 1 January 2013

    I loved this book. it was amazing.

  29. nellyanna1
    on 30 June 2012

    A powerful book. It captivates your heart. The innocence of Bruno is just so- I can’t think of the word. It’s an extremely sad story and what really makes you think is that this was so possible and had happened. It’s very very sad. I wouldn’t recommend it for children under 12. We read the book in school and then we watched the film when we had finally finished the book – but I wish we hadn’t. The film is worse. For the last ten minutes, when everything suddenly ends, there was an uncomfortable silence in our classroom. We were all horrified – this had happened to so many people. It really makes you think. If you get emotional easily, I do not recommend this book – and definitely not the film. But, in spite of all that, it was a very well-written story that really makes you understand.

    5 out of 5
  30. Booklover88
    on 30 March 2012

    Oh my goodness, this is such a dreadfully sad book! The innocence of the boy and the way he feels just penetrates your heart. It also made me ache inside… I did not love it: that is not the right word. It is too sad for that word. But I would give it 5 stars just because of the wonderous storyline. Please don’t try this book if you hate sad novels…I sat in a chair and cried! By Matilda

  31. sweethart184
    on 2 March 2012

    i love this book soooo sad

  32. lids
    on 1 March 2012


  33. mutemath4ever
    on 1 March 2012

    A very powerful book and well written, it is very sad, iw ould recommend for ages 12+

  34. dankla
    on 2 October 2011

    Awesome book deals with the reality of the society! Just like Anne Frank!

    5 out of 5
  35. Jojinka
    on 20 September 2011

    Was amazing but read it ages ago, might have to read it again, furthermore…. it really plays with yr mind

  36. teddy27
    on 18 September 2011

    Brilliant book loved reading it but sooooooooo sad i would say not for children younger than 9

    5 out of 5
  37. ikrah98
    on 16 September 2011

    I rate this book okay

  38. kizziefizzy
    on 11 September 2011

    its very good and also sad…

    it tells the story about a young boy named Bruno.

    his father runs a concentration camp BUT Bruno dosnt know this he thinks its a farm.

    Bruno makes friends with a jewish boy in the concentration camp and dosnt tell anyone about it.

    to find out more you have to read the book…

    5 out of 5
  39. Cutiesweet
    on 11 September 2011

    It was amazingly sad, the movie and the book, but yet so heart warming,

    5 out of 5
  40. XlisaX11
    on 10 September 2011

    When i read this book in school and i saw the movie i was very sad i thought well if this is what happened back then in the olden days i am very glad i was not there i was cryin during the movie. and i have not forgot it yet and i read it 1 year ago i got the movie on DVD yesterday and i am getting the book soon i love this story x

  41. MaYaM-XD
    on 8 September 2011

    I want to read this, and watch this! My friend has recently watched this and she has become more kind and loving, and she said it was hearth touching.

    I will definitely see if this is in my library!

    4 out of 5
  42. MissyDiamond
    on 24 August 2011

    Ths Book is so great and tells YOU the audience about history which was decades ago.if your a historical charater i suggets you read this

    5 out of 5
  43. KermitTheFrog01
    on 22 August 2011

    this book is so sad but yet it’s a book you’ll never forget. As you read the book you will grow to love Bruno as a character because of his innocence. Shumuel and Bruno’s friendship will take you on journey you have never been on before in your whole life. Bruno and Shumuel are best friends for life. They would never leave each other, not through anything.

    This book is amazing. Everyone should read this book but have a box of tissues beside you, you’ll need them.

    5 out of 5
  44. annie12
    on 9 July 2011

    i have read this book before but it was sad, and i would love to read it again i was really into it once i started reading it.

  45. nopassword123456789
    on 10 April 2011

    I liked it but it was a sad book

    4 out of 5
  46. Lolaloo1
    on 3 March 2011

    really sad story but unfortunately it was real life during the holocaust. It really makes you feel for those who suffered. It is still a really good book though.

  47. cynthia55880
    on 6 February 2011

    i havent read the book but ive seen the has such a sad ending and i think it will teach the people today how the jews suffered

    5 out of 5
  48. dolly9
    on 5 February 2011

    This is a very sad and emotional story.It really shows history

    5 out of 5
  49. heart29
    on 4 February 2011

    This is got to be one of my all time favourites. As with its thrilling yet moving dilemas and events.With its destription and endless amounts of detail it is bound to go on your favourite list, although at times it is outragously sad of to how some people were been treated at the time. I guarantee you that by the end of reading this book you would of been forced a tear with the undescrible events taken place in the story. Not only is it a great deal of knowledge, but endless amounts of lessons are hidden behind this fascinating story. A real pleasure to read. Enjoy!

    5 out of 5
  50. belivibubo
    on 3 February 2011

    Absolutely amazing and very emotional I recommend this book to anyone

  51. nicopia36
    on 17 January 2011

    it was really sad at the end but i was so glad i read was brilliant!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  52. stardustbell
    on 16 January 2011

    A dramatically amazing book, I loved the historical meaning to it and it had a beautiful sad twist at the end. It really opens your eyes to how prisoners must have been feeling, and how children had no idea what was going on throughout the war. It shows how the children were corrupted to believe what their parents thought, and that there was no real difference between a Jewish child or a German child. A very lovely read.

    5 out of 5
  53. catqueen
    on 15 January 2011

    i cried when i read it

    5 out of 5
  54. Rocco
    on 30 December 2010

    This is my faviourt book it is just amazing. Very good historical discripsion. It makes you feel like your in the story. It is quite sad

  55. hotmiss2010
    on 27 October 2010

    I think this book is sad of how it ends. Also his father should have never done this to these people.

    5 out of 5
  56. powergirl9
    on 17 September 2010

    i saw the movie of it . Its so sad i even cried in my bed i still get memories of it.

    4 out of 5
  57. nick99018
    on 12 May 2010

    When I saw this book I could not sleep because my face was covered in water.This book is so sad.I almost went to the boy in my dreams with striped pyjamas. This book also shows history.

    5 out of 5

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