The boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
This book is about a boy named Bruno who had recently moved to a house called Out-With. He claims that he hates it there and tries to convince his mother and father to move back to their city home in Berlin. He is also curious about the fence and the people he sees from his window. In this book Bruno had learned that the maid and the cook had a life before they became servants. Bruno learns about the harsh reality of the world. When he decide to go exploring, he walks along the fence and sees a boy wearing striped pajamas. The boy's name was Shmuel, and as months passed, they became friends, talking to each other while the fence separates them. During this time, Bruno learns about the Holocaust and about why the people on the other side of the fence are there. In the end Bruno had went with Shmuel, rolling under the fence, and was never seen again.
A quotation that made the book more interesting: "And then the room went very dark and somehow, despite all the chaos that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel's hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded to let him go." (Pg. 213) This happened after Bruno had rolled under the fence. Shmuel and Bruno were marching with other Jews into a dark room. After this, Bruno was not found again.
This quote made the book more interesting because in the book Bruno had stressed that he has not touched Shmuel's hand even once in their yearlong friendship. Having Bruno hold Shmuel's hand is symbolic, meaning that Bruno had changed from being an ignorant boy to someone who values friendship. In the book Bruno had gone under a character development, which had made the book even more interesting. Bruno used to not care about the rest of the world, and voiced his opinions, thinking that it was always right. He had changed and did not become ignorant again, after learning about what had happened to Shmuel.