The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain

The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain

Paperback - 2016
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne, the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, is another extraordinary historical fiction about World War II and innocence in the face of evil.

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.

"With skill and emotional detachment, Boyne tells Pieter's story through descriptions and dialogue that are concise, spare, and vivid . . . . Pieter's traumatic childhood, infatuation and interactions with Hitler, adolescent angst, and destructive choices will captivate teens and prompt thought-provoking discussion. " -- School Library Journal , starred review

"Boyne's ( The Boy in the Striped Pajamas , 2006) story is unarguably a powerful one with an often visceral impact." -- Booklist

"A compelling account of the attractions of power, the malleability of youth and the terrible pain of a life filled with regret." -- The Guardian

"John Boyne delivers a poignant tale of innocence ruined by Nazism. This is a story full of suspense and heartbreak that will leave readers wanting more. Compare this book to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas ." -- School Library Connection

Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2016
ISBN: 9781250115058
Branch Call Number: FIC


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What if a kind boy - one with a Jewish friend, no less - could be made into Hitler's shadow?

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CRRL_Christine Dec 18, 2017

What if a kind boy, one with a Jewish friend no less, could be made into Hitler's shadow?

Orphaned in Paris, Pierrot was first cared for by his kindly Jewish neighbors. In a short time, however, he is sent to live with his Aunt Beatrix in Austria. Pierrot is given a new German name, Pieter, and he moves into a grand home, where his aunt works as Adolf Hitler's housekeeper. War is comi... Read More »

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Jul 26, 2017

I highly recommend this book, hard to put down, and really touching at the end. It's about a young orphan named Pierrot, who is taken in by his aunt, a maid for Hitler. John Boyne never lets his readers down!

LPL_GraceM Aug 07, 2016

Boyne never disappoints with his WWII novels. In The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, he tells the story of Pierrot and how he is influenced by the rising power of Hitler. Through the story Pierrot loses his innocence and finds bitter hatred, a heartbreaking and honest transition. This is a great book for anyone in middle school on up - I highly recommend it.

Jul 21, 2016

Boyne uses this book, like his earlier work, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, to illustrate the banality of evil. Pierrot, the son of a French mother and a German World War I veteran, is orphaned at age 7. His Aunt Beatrix finds him in an orphanage in Orleans and brings him to Austria. As Pierrot adjusts to his new life, he gradually learns that his living at the Berghof where his aunt is a housekeeper for Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun. The bulk of the story is from 1936 to 1945 when Pierrot transitions into Pieter, idolizer of Hitler and accomplice of Nazi war criminals. The epilogue reveals what happened to Pierrot/Pieter after the war. This book would be great material for a book club discussion.

Jul 15, 2016


Jan 14, 2016

John Boyne never disappoints. Set in the Second World War at the peak of Hitler's power, this is story is about Pierrot, who is living in an orphanage in Paris, until his Aunt Beatrix sends for him to live with her in Austria. Beatrix is the housekeeper in Hitler's mountain retreat.
Suitable for secondary students.

hammy28 Nov 05, 2015

A fantastic book by the author of "Boy in the striped pyjamas". Set during WW2, it is told through the innocent eyes of a 7 year old boy sent to live with his aunty at Hitlers holiday villa in Austria. Pierrots view of the world and his relationship with others changes over the years as he becomes closer to Hitler. Great book. Highly recommend it.


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Feb 17, 2017

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