One of my favourite books ever has to be The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne. I’ve read this book over and over and it never fails to bring me to tears, even though I know exactly what is going to happen. The book is set during World War II where a young boy named Bruno moves to a new house for his dads work, who is a Commander for the Nazi’s. Bruno does not quite understand what is going on at the time, and gets curious when he spots a concentration camp in the distance of his backyard. He decides to feed his curiosity and go explore the camp. He finds himself meeting a boy on the other side of the camp fence named Shmuel, and they become good friends. There has been some critiques on the book that not all the historical references are correct, but I do not think it affected the quality of the book.
This book has really changed my outlook on life, and has a very powerful story. It has been made into a movie, and is also very moving. This book is a must read!
Boyne, John. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. New York: David Fickling Books, 2006. Print.