April 12, 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Eight-year old Bruno loves to explore, loves to play with his best friends, and lives a full, rich life in World War II Berlin. Suddenly his life is turned upside down, when his father gets a promotion and he must move, leaving behind all that he loves. His new home is isolated in the country, and there is no one to play with, and nothing to do. Bruno decides to explore, discovering the "farm" he could see from his bedroom window. And there, sitting behind the barbed-wire fence, is a boy...
This is a beautifully told story of a special friendship in World War II Europe. Even if you've seen the movie, the book is still well worth reading.
Reed Reads Score: 4.5

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