The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Book review by Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 133 reviews

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age 11+

A quality text for mature kids and early teens

My Year 6 class read this book and enjoyed it, even though it has some serious themes. The book helped many of them to understand more about WW2 and the Holocaust. Students became attached to the characters and thought deeply about the events and character actions. If using this book with 11-13 year olds, care should be taken to read it together to discuss issues and answer questions as they arise. This text was well written from the main character's perspective, which created an innocence amidst the atrocities being described; this made the story both more interesting and more horrifying.

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age 11+

Amazing read for kids

I am writing from the point of view of having read this book when I was 11 and having loved it and found it so moving that I have never forgotten it. And when my own child is 11 I will read it to him. It is such an incredibly important read. I have long since forgotten the details of the book but never the messages and I like to think that, because of that book (and others I read around the same time like Anne Frank and Summer of my German Soldier) that I am a better person for it - that I can think for myself and am a more compassionate and well rounded person than I would otherwise have been. I loved it as a child. And how can our children know what right and wrong are - or what the mistakes of history were - if we don’t teach them?

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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