The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

boy in the striped pajamas

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.---from the publisher

215 pages                                   978-0385751537                             Ages 13 and up

Keywords:  father/son, friends, friendship, loneliness,  tragedy, World War II, concentration camp,  13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old, fence, wall, historical fiction, Holocaust, Nazis


The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

If you do start to listen, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn't a story for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later, you will arrive with Bruno at the fence.

Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope that you never have to encounter such a fence.---from the publisher


Editor's note:  This is a difficult book to read due to tragic story line.  This story goes beyond the suffering of prisoners in a concentration camp.  It reaches the place of human error combined with hatred with very disturbing and tragic results.  Not intended for younger readers.

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