The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
By John Boyne
David Fickling Books, 2006. 216 pgs. Young Adult.
When his father gets an important new assignment with the military, nine-year-old Bruno is forced to move from his beloved Berlin to a desolate place he mistakenly calls "Out-With." Bruno notices that there are hundreds of people living behind a fence, all of whom appear to him to be wearing striped pajamas. On an exploring expedition, Bruno meets one of the pajama-clad boys, Shmuel. Although a fence separates them, the boys quickly become friends.
The story is told as a fable, so characters are not fully developed, but the story is a poignant one. It is told through a limited third person narrator, with the reader needing to read between the lines of Bruno's naive observations. This book is definitely worth reading and worth discussing with others.