Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Top ten war books for children

Sam Angus is the author of Soldier Dog and A Horse Called Hero. At the Guardian she shared a list of her favorite novels and diaries from the two world wars, including:
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

A terrific story from the other side, about the son of an Auschwitz prison commandant. Vivid, shocking and disturbing, this powerful, unsettling book is a sparse and elegant fable written from the point of view of the nine year old Bruno. Isolated and bored in his new home, he is told by his Father that the people he can see on the other side of a wire fence are not really people. Through Bruno's eyes we come to understand both man's capacity for inhumanity and for friendship.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue