The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
Bruno is a young boy who loves playing with his three best friends, sliding down the banister in his house and exploring his surroundings. When his dad gets a job promotion and moves the family, Bruno has to leave his old world behind and start over. One day Bruno meets a boy that is his same age and he begins a friendship that will change his life forever.
Although this novel is set in Germany and Poland and decides to take on some of the heavy themes of WWII, I enjoyed the innocence and curiosity of a nine year old boy that is trying to understand the world around him. This novel may be classified as a young adult book but, as is the case with many YA books, there is an appeal for adults as well.
-- by Dan M.