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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain - John Boyne

John Boyne author of [b:The Boy in the Striped Pajamas|39999|The Boy in the Striped Pajamas|John Boyne|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1366228171s/39999.jpg|1148702] returns with another children's novel set during The Second World War. The story is about a boy called Pierrot an orphan who must leave his home in Paris and travel to Germany to live with his Aunt Beatrix who is a servant in a house calll the Berghof at the top of a mountain.

John Boyne is a wonderful adult and Children's writter. In this Novel he tells the story the of the corruption of Innonence and the horrors of war that children can get caught up in.

The book is extremely well written for children as it takes the reader to a time and place in histroy that should never be forgotton and I think it is a great introduction for 12 years and upwards to events of World War Two. I love how the author slips in names of people and places throughtout the stroy that will stay with the reader and when they study this period of histroy in school will be aware of the names and places.

I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading a childrens's novel because there were times when I felt that the 7 year old Pierrot seemed way beyond his years and read more like a child of 12 or 13.
I also thought that the author took a huge risk with the Pierrot being such a dislikable character as children tend to enjoy reading about likable characters but I see where he was going in the end and I think it will make the reader think outside the box.

I also think any book that can get kids asking questions and discussing events in history is a great book.

A good discussion book for youngsters but not much in this one for the adult reader.