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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

Written by John Boyne

Key Stage 3 Adventure Stories Historical Fiction

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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation of Pierrot. Pierrot lives in France. His mother is French and his father is German; he can speak both languages but French is the language he prefers. He has a dog and a best-friend,  Anshel. When Pierrot is left an orphan he is claimed by his only relative: his father’s aunt Beatrix. Beatrix lives in an isolated house high up in the mountains. It is the Berghof, the mountain retreat of Hitler.  Pierrot’s life is now dominated by Hitler himself and everything from his name onwards is about to change.  In a story which echoes the form and voice of The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas John Boyne tells a sad and moving story about how gradually and stealthily a young child is changed by his contact with power and a false narrative.  ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for June 2016

The World's Worst Children by David Walliams

Seacrow Island by Astrid Lindgren

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

A Stitch in Time by Penelope Lively

Street Child by Berlie Doherty

Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero by Francesca Armour-Chelu

The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster

 

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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain Synopsis

When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler. Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler's wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.

One of our Books of the Year 2015

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain Press Reviews

'It's impossible to put down: devastating and devastatingly good, one of my top three children's novels of the year so far ... A difficult story to pull off, but with his perfect pacing, lack of sentimentality and refusal to submit to a neat end, Boyne has won me over - all over again' The Times

'A remarkable feat ... Compelling' Guardian

'Disturbingly vivid, utterly readable and appealing to audiences of all ages' The Bookbag

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552573504
Publication date: 2nd June 2016
Author: John Boyne
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction

About John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.He has written a number of short stories; his first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. His 2006 novel, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, was made into an award-winning Miramax film. The novel itself won 2 Irish Book Awards, the Bisto Book of the Year, and was shortlisted or won a host of international awards. Amongst other accolades, it spent more ...

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