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John Boyne

The Boy at The Top of the Mountain

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2015

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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

  • Genre: Fiction; middle-grade historical fiction
  • Originally Published: 2015
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 970L; grades 5-9
  • Structure/Length: 14 chapters; approx. 288 pages; approx. 5 hours, 20 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Orphaned at a young age, Pierrot ends up with his aunt at the home of Hitler. Grateful for the attention and power Hitler offers, Pierrot follows his teachings and turns against his true nature.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Holocaust; antisemitism; assault; sexual assault; executions; bullying; suicide; domestic abuse

John Boyne, Author

  • Bio: Born in 1971 in Ireland; loved reading and writing from a young age; has spoken about challenges growing up gay; earned BA from Trinity College Dublin and MA from University of East Anglia; won multiple awards for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which was also adapted for film, theater, ballet, and opera; awarded Hennessy Literary Award Hall of Fame (2012); won four Irish Book Awards; his books have been translated into over 50 languages
  • Other Works: The Thief of Time (2000); The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2006); Stay Where You Are and Then Leave (2013); My Brother’s Name Is Jessica (2019)
  • Awards: German Book Prize for Young People’s Literature

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