The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Random House Movie Tie-In Books)The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne was made into a movie in 2008 and it’s no wonder. This fable of an innocent nine year old boy living in 1942 Germany brings us on an emotional journey.

The boy’s family is moving to a place he’s never heard. As he tries to understand meanings to new words he hears he gets it all wrong. He hears his dad’s being sent by the ‘”Fury” to live in “Out-With” and he fails to understand those names, which  sound straight from a fantasy novel as the true terms Fuhrer and Auschwitz. For the adult reader, the truth immediately sinks in. I’m not sure soon a younger reader would grasp the connection.

It’s especially haunting to experience this world through the eyes of a naive boy who focuses on his own lonliness and doesn’t realize the true horror in his new friend’s life on the other side of the fence.

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