Don't Miss This One! (100 stars)
I could have The Boy In The Striped Pajamas in just one day! This book is about a 9-yr-old boy named Bruno whose father becomes the commandant of a Nazi death camp for Jews. Bruno becomes friends with one of the Jewish boys there named Shmuel. What a powerful story this is!! The ending really shook me to the core. It was also made into a move. Here is the link to view clips:
(Gerard's review 3/20/09)
This is a sad story about two lonely boys who befriend each other through a fence of a concentration camp. It is told from Bruno's (the Commandant's son) perspective which is very innocent in contrast to the awfulness of the Holocaust. Both boys are the same age but one lives very well and the other is in a death camp. It shows how unfair life is and has a shocking ending, yet Bruno's words that Shmuel is now his best friend for life came true. Bruno was an adventurous boy who was curious what life was like on the other side of the fence. He loved his father and knew that it couldn't be too bad if his father was in charge. I can't express all that this book encompasses. It's a great book that you will long remember.
(Karen's review 3/20/09)