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Title Page



Chapter One: Bruno Makes a Discovery

Chapter Two: The New House

Chapter Three: The Hopeless Case

Chapter Four: What They Saw Through the Window

Chapter Five: Out of Bounds At All Times And No Exceptions

Chapter Six: The Overpaid Maid

Chapter Seven: How Mother Took Credit for Something That She Hadn’t


Chapter Eight: Why Grandmother Stormed Out

Chapter Nine: Bruno Remembers That He Used to Enjoy Exploration

Chapter Ten: The Dot That Became a Speck That Became a Blob That

Became a Figure That Became a Boy

Chapter Eleven: The Fury

Chapter Twelve: Shmuel Thinks of an Answer to Bruno’s Question

Chapter Thirteen: The Bottle of Wine

Chapter Fourteen: Bruno Tells a Perfectly Reasonable Lie

Chapter Fifteen: Something He Shouldn’t Have Done

Chapter Sixteen: The Haircut

Chapter Seventeen: Mother Gets Her Own Way

Chapter Eighteen: Thinking Up the Final Adventure

Chapter Nineteen: What Happened the Next Day

Chapter Twenty: The Last Chapter

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About the Book

What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil?

Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.

He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation.

And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

The Boy

in the



a fable by

John Boyne

For Jamie Lynch


When I was writing my novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas during 2004

and 2005, I never expected that it would go on to have such a long and varied life. I started with a very simple image of two boys sitting on either side of a fence, talking to each other, and was immediately interested in the journey that would bring them there, the conversations they would have and the necessary end that I felt their story would reach.

Ten years later, the novel not only changed my life but introduced me to people who I had never expected to encounter. In my travels, I’ve

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the book was extremely good but sad too. definitely recommend John Boyne book. Books Vooks is awesome you can read online or download for free
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