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April 02, 2006

Fourteenth Meeting - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Our early April choice was The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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 from their home to a new house far away, where there is no one to play with, and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meet the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. (Synopsis from Amazon).

Andrew says, "This, like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, started off as a Young Adult read, but I can see it becoming a cross-over success. As a relief from our recent long-reads, you'll be glad to know that this book is only around 200-250 pages".

Posted by nathan at April 2, 2006 01:00 PM


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