The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

Book review by Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Chilling story of a boy coming of age in Hitler's house.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 15+

Good book. Parents, please read to see if it is good match for your kid.

This book concerns me for certain ages. I think it is well written and a good story. How anyone can think that executions, multiple suicides, including one after the character is repeatedly raped and basically held hostage, and another attempted rape scene is something a 12 year old should be okay reading, is beyond me. It is not gratuitous and is a part of the story, but that doesn’t make it a book- in my opinion - for younger readers. I understand it is centered in WWII. I would urge parents to read the book and decide for themselves.
age 11+

The Boy on Top of the Mountain

I recommended this book for 11 and up because at our day and age we are already growing up knowing what rape is and there is sort of that in this book. But this is still an awesome book! This book also teaches you about history in World War II and how people can change. I think that many people should read this and John Boyne is an amazing author and he did an awesome job with this book. Please read it!!!

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