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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

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 ord... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780552573504
Barcode 9780552573504
Published 13 June 2016 by Random House
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Boyne, John
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ISBN-13 9780552573504
ISBN-10 0552573507
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Corgi Childrens
Publication Date 13 June 2016
International Publication Date 2 June 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Boyne, John
Category Adventure Stories
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 14mm
Weight 159g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 671051

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 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 Disturbingly vivid, utterly readable and appealing to audiences of all ages The Bookbag There is a sureness and a simplicity to the writing that is very impressive ... In The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, Boyne has delivered a powerful account of how one boy was seduced by Hitler and Nazism and paid the price. The final pages, in which he meets the Jewish friend of his boyhood and seeks redemption, are very moving. Younger readers will lament the corruption of Pierrot; older ones will perceive what Boyne is trying to tell us: if this could happen to Pierrot, it could happen to us Irish Independent Forceful ... Reminding us that silence and compromise can foster their own overwhelming guilt Australian
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. Most recently, The Heart's Invisible Furies was a Richard & Judy Bookclub word-of-mouth bestseller. His novels are published in over fifty languages.

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