Author(s): John Boyne
Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us.
Nine year old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.
He's oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country.
All he knows is that he has moved from Berlin to a desolate area where he has no one to play with.
Until he meets Shmuel.
Shmuel lives in a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence, where everyone wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.
Despite the wire fence separating them, the two boys become best friends.
As they grow closer, Bruno starts to learn the terrible truth that lies beyond the fence, and what life is like for his friend.
John Boyne's classic novel explores the friendship and loss of innocence of Bruno and Shmuel, during one of the worst points in history.
"A small wonder of a book" Guardian
"This novel is a fine addition to a once taboo area of history, at least where children's literature is concerned. It provides an account of a dreadful episode short on actual horror but packed with overtones that remain in the imagination. Plainly and sometimes archly written, it stays just ahead of its readers before delivering its killer punch in the final pages" Independent "An extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war" Irish Independent "In this unforgettably moving Holocaust tale, nine-year-old Bruno is witness to events devastating in their tragedy" Irish Times "So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!" National Association for the Teaching of English "A small wonder of a book" Guardian
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He always knew that he wanted to be was a writer, devouring books such as Treasure Island, The Count of Monte Cristo and Robinson Crusoe at a young age. He wrote his first book at the age of 20, but it wasn't easy making a living as a writer and for many years he worked at Waterstones bookshop in Dublin. He is now the author of seven novels. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award and has recently been made into a Miramax feature film. His novels are published in over 30 languages. He lives in Dublin.