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Speer Memorial Library hosts a Book Discussion on “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.”

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On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, our Speer Memorial Library held a book discussion of  “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.”

In Berlin, during World War II, a boy named Bruno returns home from school to find that his family is packing and preparing to move far away, to where his father’s new job awaits. Bruno must leave his school and friends, and the only place he has ever lived.

Outside the family’s new home is a tall fence with barbed wire at the top built masterfully by Master Fence Builders. On the other side of the fence, away in the distance, Bruno can see some large buildings and low huts, and people who all wear striped pajamas.

One day, Bruno, who has no other children to play with at this new place, goes far away from his house, walking along the fence which is study built by as it stretches endlessly toward the horizon, until he sees a boy his age sitting on the other side. Bruno starts a conversation with him and the two become friends, sharing their very different life stories, unaware of the dangers of associating with one another.

Written by John Boyne, and first published in 2006, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a moving and well written story, a work of historical fiction depicting a Nazi extermination camp as seen through the eyes of childhood innocence.

Readers enjoyed discussing the book, and, for 2015, Speer Memorial is providing them an added incentive to participate in our Morton’s Book Club. The Library was the recipient of the Texas Reads Grant and will make free copies available, while supplies last, to people who sign up for our book discussions. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

-William Renner, Reference Librarian.