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Boy in the Striped Pajamas

by John Boyne  |  Grades:  4-8  |  Ages: 12+  |  Lexile Level: 1000 

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

"Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank." --USA Today

Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received 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 longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his 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.


"A memorable and moving story." - The Oxford Times (U.K.) 

"A small wonder of a book." - The Guardian (U.K.) 

"A book so simple, so seemingly effortless, that it's almost perfect." - The Irish Independent


Young Reader's Choice Award - Intermediate Division 

Biographical Note About John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971 and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of East Anglia, Norwich. His novels have been published in over forty languages, and his books for young readers include Noah Barleywater Runs Away and The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas won two Irish Book Awards, topped the New York Times bestseller list, and was adapted into a Miramax feature film. He lives in Dublin. To learn more, visit

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