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John Boyne


John Boyne

John Boyne is the author of CRIPPEN, THE THIEF OF TIME, NEXT OF KIN and the New York Times and internationally bestselling THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS. Boyne won two Irish Book Awards (the People’s Choice and the Children’s) for THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, which has recently been made into a Miramax feature film, and his novels have been translated into more than 30 languages. Ireland's Sunday Business Post named him one of the 40 people under 40 in Ireland "likely to be the movers and shakers who will define the country's culture, politics, style and economics in 2005 and beyond." Crippen was nominated for the Sunday Independent Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award. He lives with his partner in Dublin.

John Boyne

Books by John Boyne

by John Boyne - Coming of Age, Fiction, Friendship
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery --- or at least, that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from  --- and over his many years, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
by John Boyne - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

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 Austrian household. 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. Pierrot is quickly taken under Hitler's wing and thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal from which he may never be able to escape. This title has Common Core connections.

by John Boyne - Fiction

Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. Forty years later, his devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people’s faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed and the lives of young parishioners destroyed. But when a family event opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within the church and to recognize his own complicity in their propagation.

by John Boyne - Fiction, Gothic, Historical Fiction, Horror

Eliza Caine’s life takes a drastic turn when her father, her only family, dies from a sudden illness. Trying to right herself, and find an escape from her sadness, she takes a job as a governess far from her home in London. Leaving everything she’s ever known, Eliza stumbles into a new life and soon finds herself questioning everything from her faith to her sanity.

by John Boyne - Historical Fiction


Eighty-year-old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past. Living in England with his beloved wife, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved. As he remembers days gone by, we are transported to St. Petersburg, to the Winter Palace of the czar, in the early 20th century --- a time of change, threat and bloody revolution. As Georgy overturns the most painful stone of all, we uncover the story of the house of special purpose.

by John Boyne - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Tristan Sadler is delivering a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery, as well as confusion and unbearable pain.

by John Boyne - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Holocaust

John Boyne's novel is the gripping story of two boys --- one the son of a commandant in Hitler's army and the other a Jew --- who come face-to-face at a barbed wire fence that separates, and eventually intertwines their lives.