I read up through Chapter 10 and then stopped so that the second half of the book wouldn't color my view of the first half. Here are a few of my thoughts on some of Bonnie's discussion questions:
1. I guess, as the mother of an eight-and-a-half-year-old boy, I didn't think that Bruno seemed younger than nine. He is the embodiment of innocence in the tale though. I haven't quite decided what Gretel embodies - maybe apathy or self-centeredness? They certainly serve as contrasts to one another.
2. Because this is a fable, rather than an accurate yet fictional depiction of this time and place in history, it would not be appropriate, in my opinion, for Gretel to be involved in the politics of the situation.
4. Bruno's father's statement that "they’re not people at all" is a very powerful summary of the underlying message of the book. Two other scenes from the book (so far) expand that idea well: The situation with Pavel helping Bruno after he gets hurt on the tire swing (pp. 77-85), and the discussion Bruno has with Herr Liszt about their contrasting views on the value of books (pp. 97-98).
5. I love the character of Bruno's grandmother! She's the voice of conscience, of knowing what is right and what is wrong - but no one is listening. Instead, they are more concerned with power and prestige.