'Boy In The Striped Pajamas' Author Talks New Book

11/29/2010 03:46 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Michelle Pauli The Guardian

It's hardly surprising that an author who made his name with a novel for children set during the Holocaust should expect a certain seriousness from literature for young people. Published in 2006, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas found both controversy and crossover success, and was made into a Hollywood film two years later. But Boyne's willingness to tackle the darkest subjects makes it all the more unexpected that after two historical novels written for adults, his return to children's fiction should be so full of lightness, surreal absurdity and wit.

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