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The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas is set in Germany during Hitler’s rule. The novel follows the story of Bruno, a 9-year-old boy from Berlin who was sent to "Out-with" along with his father, a Commandant in Hitler’s army, his mum, his 12-year-old-sister Gretel – whom he calls a "Hopeless Case" – and Maria the maid. They start living in a house which is a small and lonely place. Bruno doesn't like it at all and misses his friends back in Berlin.
His loneliness ends when he meets Shmuel a boy on the other side of the wired wall. Bruno confides everything to Shmuel, who in turn confides everything to Bruno. Shmuel says that his father, grandfather, and brother are with him on his side of the fence, but he is separated from his mother. Bruno and Shmuel talk and become very good friends, although Bruno still does not understand very much about Shmuel and what goes on the other side of the fence. Nearly every day Bruno goes to see Shmuel and even sneaks him food.
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Isha Rajeev Nair is a student at Kings School Nad Al Sheba. A voracious reader from a very young age, Isha believes in exploring multiple genres and has been an influence in her peers' reading choices. Her interests include writing poetry and she has had her poems published on various platforms and is about to publish her first book of poetry. Among her many accomplishments is her position as an India Book of Records Title Holder, as well as being a double winner of the Browzly competition. She is also the youngest winner of the BSME Ed Goodwin Award. Isha is committed to social causes and is a brand ambassador for the student-led eco-initiative Green Gratitude and Water Alliance.