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This was one of the BEST stories I have ever read!
It was so poignant. Bruno’s extreme innocence and naivety coupled with what we know today about the Holocaust (and perhaps our jaded outlook on life) combined into a haunting, gripping, sometimes funny and ultimately tragic tale. I was riveted from start to finish, hanging off every word.
If you are looking for some good literature to teach kids about the Holocaust, this is an excellent place to start. It opens up so many discussions on a difficult subject; I would have no qualms about seeing this book in schools.
The last line in the book just blew me away with its still-relevant warning: "Nothing like that could happen again. Not in this day and age". Except, then it does… over and over and over again.
I would give it ten thousand stars if I could; I can’t recommend it strongly enough.
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I literally just finished this book and had to write a review. It was in one word, Phenomenal!!! During a time where the text books of children are starting to hint that the Holocaust didn't even occur (which I was beyond shocked to hear) books like this are needed. Some of the questions raised are only possible by a 9 year old which makes him a fabulous protagonist. I do have two suggestions though: the first is that this is subject matter which deserves more reverence and due attention than listening to during the 20 minutes to work. Take some time and really let yourself listen to it. The second is that at the end is an interview with the author, and although it too is fabulous, I suggest pausing before listening to it as it may put you in too much of an analytical mind to really absorb the story.
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