The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

Reviewed By: Lizzie Schwenn

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, is the story of a young boy living in France during the time WWII, who suddenly becomes an orphan when both of his parents pass away.  At just 7 years old, Pierrot embarks on a long, tough Journey to find a home.  After his Aunt Beatrix agrees to take him in, they make their way to Austria, where she is working as a housekeeper for a very wealthy man.  However, Pierrot will soon discover that this is no ordinary household, and most certainly no ordinary man.  Pierrot Fischer soon finds himself growing up in the house of none other than Hitler himself, on the top of a mountain

As the story goes on, Pierrot must decide whether he would like to continue to grow up as the person he began as, or change, and transform into somebody totally new.  To find more out about what happens next, read: The Boy at the Top of the Mountain


The Boy at the Top of the Mountain is a novel geared towards teens and adults.  There is no swearing in the book, or foul language.  However, because the story takes place in Germany, there are a few German words that you may need to look up, to better comprehend the story.  There is mild violence, because the story takes place during WWII, such as shooting.  I would recommend this book for anyone that is interested in Historical Fiction.  The Boy at the Top of the Mountain was a great book, and was written by the same author who wrote, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  The 3 words I would use to describe this book would be; sad, effective, and beautiful.