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The Book Thief

byMarkus Zusak

Paperback | September 11, 2007

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The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
“The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times
“Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today
Markus Zusak is the international bestselling author of six novels, including The Book Thief and most recently, Bridge of Clay. His work is translated into more than forty languages, and has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia....
Title:The Book ThiefFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:608 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 1.28 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.19 × 1.28 inPublished:September 11, 2007Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375842209

ISBN - 13:9780375842207


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid read, not sure about the message PLOT OR PREMISE: A young girl uses stolen books to distract herself from the reality of living in Nazi Germany in WWII while hiding a Jewish man in her basement. . WHAT I LIKED: It is incredibly difficult to know how to review this book. The second half moves along at a much quicker pace and with much higher stakes. The book is narrated by Death / Grim Reaper, and the chapter headings give glimpses of what is to come. There are some red herrings near the end, implying one ending while leading to another, but overall it is pretty solid. The characters are lively, the girl is outstanding, and there are glimpses of her family that offer rare moments of joy and love. And it moved me to tears at the end. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It is hard to accept the implied message that "most Germans were good / nice", it was just the Nazis that were bad people. And even the storyline written by the Jewish man in the basement is that it is all because of the Fuhrer, that Hitler is the only truly evil one. There are parts of it that read like almost an apology for Nazism rather than a sense of accountability for the nation's deeds. The extra materials at the end tell how the author was inspired by his grandparents' accounts of the ordinariness (in some ways) of the war in Germany for Germans - something that happened around them, or to them, not committed by them. In terms of the writing, the first half is a bit slow and dull, and the constant foreshadowing is repetitive and annoying at the start, less so at the end. The caricature of the mother is ridiculous; she only becomes human near the end. Finally, and this is a bit of a spoiler, the story ends rather abruptly, leaving out a huge opportunity to tell some more story. I know this book is aimed at teens and is hugely popular, but I would not wants someone relying on this book as their only source of history. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book you’ll read I loved this book so much and it quickly became my favourite! With a unique narrator, an abundance of symbolism and imagery, and an emotional storyline, it was a gripping read that still hasn’t let me go.
Date published: 2019-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book Thief The Book Thief is written around the life of Liesel Meminger who is a foster child and is fostered by Hans and Rosa Hubermann in the fictional town inside of the none fictional Munich Germany called Molching. This book is based around World War Two during the reign of the Nazi Germans. It goes to show the hardships of this era and what day to day life might have looked like. This was a great book with enough World War Two elements to help us see a glimpse of how awful this time must have been for the Jews and the Germans who had no wish to be apart of the war in any way. It had a good number of suspenseful moments where it was undecided on what was going to happen next. It was a book that if you had the time, you would easily be drawn into the story and feel apart of the everyday life of Liesel Meminger. This book was quite intriguing because it was narrated by death. Although this sounds quite sinister and dark, the whole book is not always portrayed with such a ton. However, when it is, it is very fascinating and different from the average book you have likely read before. The strong suits that Markus Zusak had were ones such as drawing the reader in and giving them an experience that is quite different from the one they are currently living. His writing style was very indulging and you may find yourself easily reading for hours on end. Although some may say it is quite a lengthy book, it is so worth it. If you are persistent in reading it and adamant on getting it fully read from cover to cover, you should have no problem finishing it and enjoying it along the way. Not once did I find myself getting bored because Zusak found ways to keep the reader interested and on their toes. I am a reader who does tend to get bored of what I am reading and fall out of the story and become uninterested in how the story keeps playing out, but this book did not once make me feel as though I was uninterested. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of boredom I may have expected before opening the book for the first time. Although I do recognize this book will not be for everyone, it would be one I highly recommend if you are looking for a book that covers the topic of World War Two. There were a couple parts where I found myself a little confused as to what was happening because a major theme had passed by quite quickly, but it was not hard to quickly glance back and gain the knowledge you missed. I was more than happy to have found a book such as this one that was as engaging and interesting as this book showed itself to be. I was very appreciative to have found this book that furthered my knowledge of World War Two and gave me the smallest glimpse of what it was like to live in such a time. I was happy that I read such a great book but sad that the life it had created for me was over when I read the last page. I would most definitely rate this book 5/5 due to the experiences it helped me to experience, the fine literature it presented to me, and the fictional world I felt a part of for the time I read it through.
Date published: 2019-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my fav I guess it's not for everyone. Some parts were great, especially the middle 200 pages or so, but overall I had a hard time getting into the story. The main issue I think was the narrator, who was a distraction for me or than anything else, and it was almost as if he was trying to make me cry.
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BOOK THIEF A different take on an oft written about time. Zusak's done excellent on this one. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it so much I read it twice. This book was first lent to me and I finished it over a weekend. I couldn't put it down. It's brilliant. I LOVED that Dealth itself was the narrator. Years later, I bought the book for myself and read it again. Just as good the second time.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read I love this book (movie too) It was so well written and a page turner. Amazing story that i will recommend everyone read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Excellent book to keep your attention. Some reviews have called it a plodding storyline, but they have no appreciation of the emotion that this book illustrates.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible and Heartwrenching One of my favourite stories about the Holocaust, The Book Thief takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as you fall in love with many characters and mourn for others (as it's WWII, so it's still tragic). The plot is absolutely unique and the choice of narrator is so original and I'm very pleased with it overall.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Perspective The narrator in this book is what really got me. Such an amazing story told from an unbelievably imaginative perspective.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You know it's a good one when you read it twice Such thoughtful writing and well-written characters. Although fiction, you'd be very convinced that these are real people and real stories. I have read it two (or three?) times and intend to come back to this book.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique This book is so interesting! I could not put this book down.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down By far the best book I've ever read. The author really pulls you into the story and makes you feel like you're living in the actual book I couldn't put it down! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Original The fact that death is narrating the story is quite original and the subject matter makes it an obviously emotional story, but I think it was overhyped so much that I wasn't as impressed as I'd hoped. Would still recommend, but not a favorite.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it A book illustrating the power of the written word in a time of war. Death as narrator is a unique idea. However, I didn't like how the reader learns about certain events before they actually happen. It took away from the emotional impact of those scenes for me. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Honestly one of the best books I've ever read. The author captures the life of childhood and the art of storytelling in a way that is perfect and indescribable. I feel that everyone should read this book at least once in their life..
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I love historical fiction and this book didn't disappoint!
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good! This was definitely a great read. Very interesting and captivating - although I would not recommend the movie, it was a little dry in comparison.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic! This is a must read book for young and old alike. It's a great introduction to many literary concepts while being a great story. Will move you and expand your understanding of the world.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Amazing, perfection. One of the best books about WWII I ever read,
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book! This book was told so beautifully by death. The whole book I was so roped in and I love it when books do that! I've always been fascinated by World War II and I thought that this book, although fiction, told me and let me imagine the horrors that occurred during WWII.
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It'll leave you on the edge of your seat Superbly well written! I thought the main character to be a little bland but the entire story was captivating and moving and had me turning page after page wanting more.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I must say this story had great impact for me. You feel for each charactor in the story. Would read this book again. Great read
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read If you love WW2 settings or just an emotional ride, you must read this book! Unique narrating and a heart wrenching story combine as a great read you won't want to but down. If you are a fan of All the Light We Cannot See or The Nightingale you will love this one
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read for Everyone! I attempted to red this novel an failed for a little over two years, but when I finally came to read this book I realized it will be a book that stays with me forever. The writing is truly extraordinary and the characters are so personable. You should definitely purchase this book!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Read This novel is actually meant as a novel for youth; however, it is truly a novel for adults also. The novel is written in the voice of the "soul gatherer" in whatever form you choose to assign it. Liesel is the "Book Thief" and becomes the book thief with her very first book entitled, "The Gravediggers' Handbook". this book is taken at her brother's grave site. As it happens, Liesel, her little brother and her brother are on the train travelling to a city where their mother is handing over her children to the foster care of Hans and Rosa; however, her little brother dies on the train. This is a novel of smaller, impactful triumphs within Nazi Germany.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A work of art I love books about WWII but I don't think I've ever read a book from the German side before. I was skimming a couple of the reviews and noticed a lot of people were saying it was slow and boring. It definitely isn't a big action adventure book but instead about a little girl in Germany who want to read. It's a more artistic and poetic book narrated by Death which makes it so gripping and beautiful. In the first chapter you're already told the ending to the story and throughout the book it's heartbreaking to fall in love with these characters knowing their tragic fate. If you don't like slower more poetic/artistic books then this book is not for you. if you like more intriguing saboteur books I'd suggest Making Bombs For Hitler which is a more action book.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting I've attempted to read this book multiple times, but everytime I get bored and switch to a different book. I'll attempt to finish this book, but so far, I've found it to be quite slow and not as engaging as I expected based on reviews.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from pure brilliance! definitely made its way to the top of my favourites list! such a beautifully gripping story that emphasizes the preciousness and value of life
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful heart-breaking and such a gripping story I loved this so much
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I don't know how to put into words how much I love this book. I borrowed it from a friend years ago and came across it again while I was killing time in Heathrow airport. Bought it, and read it all over again. I'll probably even ready it a 3rd time years form now because I loved it so much.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible One of the best books that I have ever read. A completely different take on WW2 fiction. Absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Crafted To be honest, I'm rather guilty of judging this book by its cover, and that may be one of the reasons I'd avoided and ignored it for a good couple of years. I didn't have very high hopes for "The Book Thief" when I finally started reading it. I definitely didn't expect it to take me the soul-searching, heart-breaking journey that it did that left me in tears at the end of it. I finished this book at 4 in the morning, and proceeded to spend the next 2 hours sitting outside in the rain, re-reading it, crying, and staring numbly into space. In "The Book Thief", Markus Zusak tells us that sometimes people, things, are beautiful simply in their being. "The Book Thief" was beautiful, a literary masterpiece and I could not have loved it more. Zusak's unique story-telling and use of words throughout the book, as well as his use of "Death" as the narrator, make for an elegant, painfully-beautiful novel that is further improved by the creative, heart-wrenching story it illustrates. The story painted is about the occupants of Nazi Germany, primarily about a girl named Liesel Meminger, who realizes the importance of love and words in that difficult time.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written book I loved this book so much! You lived with the characters, felt their pain and their happiness. I cried hard when the book was over and I realized that the characters were that of fiction. Markus Zusak has such a way with words!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great book I bought this book because Ii really liked the title but as I read through it I really began to feel and love the book. It was so nice at time but at others it was so cruel it brought you to tears. Would highly recomend to anyone
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend I really enjoyed this book, I found it very interesting to read a book taking place during World War II. I enjoyed reading it from a German perspective, which I found very informative and intriguing. Overall I loved the book, the author is so talented, how he arranges his words and describes things is incredibly unique. I highly recommend for those history nuts. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable It is a good read overall but I hoped it would have been better.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story Amazing story! Characters are very well developed.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story The Book Thief is narrated by death, and she’s not the most consistent of story tellers. She jumps ahead in the narrative, and alludes to future tragedy in Liesel’s life. It inspires a false sense of confidence, thinking that you know what is coming. Trust me - you don’t. And guaranteed, the climax of the book is going to hit you where it hurts. I didn’t cry - but it was a near thing. Liesel’s book thievery, although constant throughout the story, is actually a very minor part of the plot. This book is about family, survival, and the power of words in the most tragic of periods in recent history - WWII. It’s a unique perspective, following poor, German families trapped in a war zone. Liesel attends the mandatory Hitler Youth program, watches soldiers parade Jewish prisoners through the streets… then goes home to read with Max, the Jewish man her foster family is hiding in the basement. She hides from falling bombs and dreams of a brother that died far too young. How on earth can a child grow in this environment? Zusak writes beautifully - his world building and characters are excellent. I absolutely loved Liesel’s foster father, Hans. He’s a gentle soul in a world of hard corners and rough edges. This isn’t a rapid page turner, but the pacing doesn’t drag. It’s thought provoking and lingers with you after you’ve read the last page. I’m actually already tempted to crack it open and read it again.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written I really enjoyed the poetically descriptive narration. The story skips around though, revealing future incidents before their time. I would have appreciated foreshadowing instead. Still, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I also recommend the movie.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful A powerful story that gives insight to life during WWII. Captivating characters and storyline. Not just a kids book.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bittersweet The Book Thief is the type of book where you fall in love with the characters. You cry for them and laugh for them. It makes you think for a long time even after you finish the book. The book isn't always depressing (still made me cry, though). There are happy moments and bittersweet moments, too.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it This is one of my favourite books of all time! I love the characters and their relationships with each other, how the narrator mentions spoilers throughout and yet you still react when you get to that part in the story. Mark Zusak did a fantastic job with this novel.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost great I think the beginning of this book was a little bit sluggish. Anyway, when I reached its ending I realised that this is such a great book! Mostly because of its ending, it could really make you cry. I thought of giving it five stars, but the amount of spoilers that a certain character gives away end up spoiling the whole thing...
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost great I think the beginning of this book is a little bit sluggish. Anyway, when I reached its ending I realised that this is such a great book! Mostly because of its ending, which could really make you cry. I thought of giving it five stars, but the amount of spoilers that one particular character gives away end up spoiling the whole thing...
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book... This is one of those books that stays with you long after you put it down. It's one of those books you find yourself nearing the end and thinking, "No, I need more pages!". This is a book that will make you cry. It made me cry. The Book Thief is listed as Young Adult, and while I agree it's good for young adults, I believe it's an all ages book that can be enjoyed from young adulthood to elderly years. If you're looking for a happy ending, this book is not for you. If you're looking for an ending full of raw emotion and depth and truth, this book is for you. The Book Thief tells the story of little Liesel, but it is interestingly narrated by Death, which tells you it's going to be gloomy, but a worth it gloomy (to me). The Book Thief feels like a history lesson within a fiction novel, and I learned a lot about a period in history that I've been "taught" in school but never truly understood. This book forever impacted me. When I put it down, I cried, I said, "Wow", and it was hard to pick up another book right away, because it was that impactful.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Could not recommend it more! Wonderfully written, captivating, and heartbreaking. A glimpse into the lives of so many families during one of the most troubling times in recent history.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense read! This book and the story was intense but not in a bad way. The story is so full of emotion during a time when people weren't allow to have those kinds of feelings. Liesel's story was so sad and the ending before the epilogue was heart breaking.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read A heartbreaking story told from the perspective of death. It dark reminder of human history.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time favourite Beautiful writing, lovely characters, need I say more. I could not recommend it enough!
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read!! this is a awesome read! written point of view of death really bumps the book to a higher level. The book is an emotional read, telling you the story of Germany in world war two. It takes you through the worst and best time that Liesel went through. The book is also well written, letting you be part of the story, feel and taste the story only with words. The first line of the introduction hooked me into the book, taking me into the wild journey of the life of Liesel. The story is surprisingly gentle while effectively portraying the horrors of World War II. this book to me is worth more than the price above. a truly wonderful book to read.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So beautiful I liked this book a lot! Such a beautiful story about a young girl going through one of the worst times to be alive. Being a young person, the book opened my eyes. The relationships throughout this book were all so beautiful and well written. Would recommend to anyone:)
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this book down! This was a real page turner for me. My favorite book. I didn't want it to end!
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book for All Ages Though this is found in the "teen" section, it is a novel that everyone should read. The storytelling is all encompassing - you are pulled into the world of the characters with the authors beautiful portrayal of what is happening in this book. And the relationship that the characters have with the written word is amazing. I felt my own belief of the world of books and stories being supported and flourished. Someone else understood my love for reading and writing! Great book for all ages, and as always, the book is better than the movie. #indigoreview
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOTHING LIKE IT! so amazing... read this book the first time 6 years ago when i was in my first year of highschool.. finally got my hands on the copy and re read it and its 100 times better than i remember.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book EVER i cannot believe how fantastic this book is. you should all read it
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I was really moved. I loved the set up and the characters, and this book managed to hit me in all of the feels.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing like it This was the first book I read in a long time that had an element I had never seen before...the narration style. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original cover please One of my all time favourite books, but I don't like the cover.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Interesting Read Although the first section of this book was quite a slow read, once the characters were developed enough and the conflict began to rise the story did pick up. The point of view that Zusak tells the story in is extremely interesting, to see how Death and War are best of friends. I would recommend for anyone who is interested by the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, but also anyone who likes stories about growth, family and determination.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful -must read Read in a very short time. Beautiful, moving, emotional. Wonderful and not to be missed!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i love this book a little girl's story during ww2. lovely and poignant
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A haunting read Devastating and profound, with a unique narrative style and beautiful prose.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I didnt like it It was ok at the beginning but into the middle it got so boring and long and byt he end it went out with one bang and it was finally done.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mature This is an excellent and mature book for teens looking to read and learn more about WWII. The story is difficult but well written and handled well.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!!!! I personally love reading books based on wars and history, I find it gives you so much more knowledge and insight to what has happened in the past. This book did so much more for me. I got so attached to each character that when I finished the book I was left feeling so lost as if I was a part of the story! I highly recommend this book to everyone! It was a true emotional rollercoaster that I was not expecting when I first picked up the book!
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will love this book! No matter how old you are or what experiences you have, you will fall in love with Leisel Memminger and her outlook and actions. This book will make you smile and cry and sometimes do both at once, but one thing it will never do is bore you.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Classic This story is one that stays with the reader long after you've read it. It's written so beautifully you can't help but falling in love with it.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely beautiful I read this book back in highschool and still remember this book so much. One thing I really liked was the fact that Death was the narrator of the whole story. It gives you another perspective on the story. This book was everything: heartwarming, beautiful, gripping, sad, funny at times and dark
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourites While the story being told from the point of view of death makes it a bit confusing at first, I really enjoyed the premise of this book. I thought it was a great book that shed light on what it was like in the time of the war, and told the story from the point of view of death, something that was so prominent at the time.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is truly a work of art. It's not likely that you'll find a book this accurately based on history, yet manages to create a fictional story line. Truly wonderful!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great view of life during WWII This was a sweet book, which the reader an idea of life during WWII. Sad at times, funny at times. Just what you need in a good book!
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Even After 8 Years I remember reading this book in Grade 9 because it was on the reading list. Like any 9th grader, I really didn't want to read a book and discuss it in a small group, but I was engrossed. 8 years later, and it still keeps me turning the page. The way it is narrated by Death is such an interesting concept. The whole story takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. A must read!
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book! One of my all time favourite books. I picked it up for an english project and have not regretted it since. It tells a tale from the standpoint of someone that you would least expect it from, very creative. It's filled with adventure, slight humour and a hint of romance and realism.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book. This was the best book I read this year and regretted not finding it earlier because it was published so long ago. It will be an unforgettable story that you'll always remember. I will read it again in the future for sure.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing This book. It takes me on such an emotional roller coaster ride everytime I read it. And being narrated by death gives it such a chilling perspective. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overhyped I'm probably one of the only people who did not like this book. I did not cry nor was moved by it at all. It was very slow and nothing really happened. Although Zusak is able to write great prose, this book just was not for me.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from different from other holocaust books i thoroughly enjoyed the unique plot of this book
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from different from other holocaust books i thoroughly enjoyed the unique plot of this book
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read for an English Course I had to read this for an English course in University. I loved the book, but I cried throughout it.Not for the faint hearted.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book is actually life changing, a really great piece of historical fiction told through a very creative narrative pov!
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books of all time Have you ever finished a book and just wept? Perhaps you're weeping because of the story line or maybe you're simply shedding tears because this book that captured your soul is now over. I felt this way about The Book Thief. Written as a YA book but really all ages could benefit from the beauty of this tale which is narrated by Death themselves.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I had to read this in high school, amazing read.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down this book was better than I expected it to be, just amazing #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ah, so good! This book had been on my to-read list for a long time before I finally bought it.. turns out I was really missing out. The story is heartbreaking (obviously), and I've never had such sympathy for Death just doing his job. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite. Honestly, this book was one of my favourites during my childhood and teen years. Read if you want an emotional story and a unique perspective on war. The anniversary edition cover is especially beautiful too.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I have ever read Still my favourite book of all time a decade later. Not going to say any more -- get it and read it to find out for yourself! You will not be disappointed. This is everything I have ever wanted from a book.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book Great read about war time, growing up, pain and suffering.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazed! this book is so poetic and lovely. it makes you feel some type of way by the way he uses words to describe things. this book is amazing, i would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! This book is just so great, I recommend it to everyone looking for something to read. You can flip to any page and instantly be sucked in.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favorite books! I can't get enough of this book. I've read it 3 times already and the story just keeps getting better.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving I got this as a gift. Really great story. It is marketed towards young adults but I think anyone can enjoy this book. Has a great twist at the end. Really beautifully written characters and plots. You will always remember this book.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! I have done papers on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and I knew I had to get this book! I was worried going into it due to the length. It did take me long to finish just because I took breaks. But I am so glad I took longer to really devour this book. It has everything, you will be sad, happy, heartbroken, thankful. This story is just incredible!
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that will make you cry and laugh at the same time I bought this book about one year ago, and I loved it. It is one of those books that you NEED to keep on reading over and over again. When I first read it, the unique perspective grips your attention. As you get into the book, all the inner thoughts, all the hidden movements reveals themselves. It is a truly moving story. In my own opinion, I feel like the book is WAY better then the movie.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written! This is a book everyone should read. So gripping and so well-written!
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping! This book is VERY gripping and If you are thinking to buy this book. Do not raise a second question in your mind and immediately buy it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Witty Such a powerful and important story that all should be educated on. A great winter read!
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving and impactful Interesting narrator that really adds to the complicity
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful & heartbreaking This book, I don't even have words for. I had to read this for a class in school. It completely changed my views on everything. This book, is the reason why I decided to look further into what happened during the Holocaust. It's completely eye opening to see what and who monsters really are, and how they are still around us.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Well written, touching story. Sometimes a little too deep of a read especially for teenagers, but overall a thoughtful read.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from book worth buying! I havent actually bought this book yet, but I will as soon as I have the extra money! I have it on hold at the library at the moment because I haven't had the time to finish it and there are other people on hold as well. This book makes you fall in love with the characters, they're not the kindest or generous but they love like family and they look out for one another, which i gotta give respect to. It's not much of a cliffhanger book but it's definitely a book you can read over and over because you ENJOY reading it.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an Amazing Book! This emotional roller coaster is definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an Amazing Book! This emotional roller coaster is definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ IT it is so good! This is a beautiful and heart-wrenching story!
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Great Book! This is such an amazing and sad book! READ IT
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This was one of the books that I was made to read in high school English. Usually I did not enjoy the books we had to read, but I can honestly say it was one of my favorites.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wow The book was not as attention grasping as I hoped it would be, but I did enjoy the book enough to finish it.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a fantastic novel Loved every minute of this book!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW The Book Thief is the most beautiful and heartbreaking book I've ever read. It made me feel so many emotions and left me speechless. This book is a must read for everyone.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read This is definitely a book you'll have a hard time putting down. Markus Zusak is an amazing writer. The words are melancholy. The description, the pace and the characters just drew me into the story. The story resonates with me as an avid reader. The Book Thief is about Liesel Meminger, but her story is told from a different perspective and as an outsider, you are drawn into Liesel's story. It is during World War II and Liesel is a German and books are being banned. She finds and hides books because she loves to read. Her foster father secretly reads them to her at night and this is only one aspect of the story. She is brave, curious, a hard worker and told from the perspective of an adult, seeing her innocence, there is an honestly in the story. Death tells the story and he warns you this isn't a happy story. It isn't a short or quick read. It is a masterpiece. You will never forget this book. It is one that can be read at any age.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Book of All Time I'm not usually a person who picks up historical fiction, but I'm so glad that I picked up this one. THis book honestly has something for everyone, it's about World War 2 for the history buffs, it's written in the perspective of death for all you supernatural lovers, and has seriously one of the cutest friendships I've ever read about! I honestly can't recommend this book enough to people. It's beautifully written and has such a unique take on death that it is instantly engaging. Honestly would recommend this book over the Diary of Anne Frank, this book is a masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faveeeeee Probably one of my favourite books of ALL time. I picked up this book because I had heard about it before. And not because of any other reason, to be honest. At the time I had been reading more historical-based YA novels, and this book fit right into the category. I was immediately hooked by the writing style. I hadn't read anything like it before, let alone written from the perspective of Death. Which was quite interesting. The book had many excerpts where Death would "speak" or "talk" directly to the reader. Also, the book never directly mentioned who was narrating the book (if you're confused, refer above ^...... death ) however it was very heavily foreshadowed which is why I didn't consider it a spoiler. Personally, I thought that the book was well written for such an interesting perspective. Corresponding to the paragraph above, I also enjoyed the writing style and descriptions. As well as the complexity and importance of the storyline and characters. Moving on to characters, I fairly enjoyed Liesel as she was persistent, strong and confident - especially about her reading and knowledge in literature. Many of the characters were relatable, and were not flat or bland characters. The characters for the most part were complex and took some time throughout the book before understanding them and their backstories- which sounds like a pretty basic component to a book, but the amount of books that don't have that well written is unbelievable. I believe the most important part of this book was the message and importance of the historical content in it. I had previously read countless books set in the WWII time period, and this was by far the best one I've read for younger readers. At the time when I read the book, it drastically opened my eyes to the reality of WWII and the affects of it. Another important point - I learned A LOT more about WWII while enjoying reading the book. And picked up some German here and there.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking The Book Thief is the most beautiful and heartbreaking book I've ever read. It made me feel so many emotions and left me speechless. This book is a must read for everyone.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from slow pace if you don't like books on history, DON'T READ IT. otherwise if you're a history type of person, go for it, because it's really good. this story centers around 1939 Germany, in the midst of World War 2. The main character is a young girl, which really makes the story that much more powerful because of the contrast between innocence and violence, a theme that makes its way through the story several times. tl;dr: it's a must-read if you like historical fiction
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it! Kind of slow in the beginning, but it picks up. I liked the storyline I also loved the main character being younger made the perspective better
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from thief Fabulous book and read, of 1939 Germany, foster child learning to read books she has stolen sharing them with neighbours including the Jewish man hidden in the basement. Movie was just as great.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story Such a sad but beautiful story, if you like this book I'd recommend the movie as well
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Plot has me intrigued the entire time
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well written gem An excellent book, good storyteller. Movie was good too.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites books of all time The Book Theif will always have a special place in my heart. It made me laugh, cry, and feel all sorts of emotions. It's hard to put into words how I feel about this book. Just read it. It will be the best decision you'll ever make.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional I could not put it down. Very well written and had an interesting narrator.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book an amazing, interesting, and unique read
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I loved the use of death as a narrator!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite This is - hands down - my favourite standalone book ever. I read it at least once a year and am collecting different editions of it. The first time I read it, I always had kleenexs (probably a bad idea to read it right after Sarah's Key but w/e) with me and threw the book at least twice. It's heartbreaking and eye opening and told so incredibly (and stunningly) beautifully. I cannot praise this book enough.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic An incredibly powerful read. The Book Thief digs his heels into war-town Germany and is interestingly narrated by Death himself. Liesel is torn from her family and sent to live with the Hubermanns. Smart-mouthed Rosa and rebellious, gentle Hans bring their foster child into a world of colour and words. Liesel finds a friend in her neighbour Rudy and the pair create mischief around town. Throw in Max, a stowaway Jewish fellow keen on crosswords and storytelling. I was absorbed in the story from page 1. The characters felt like family and I even started to feel empathy towards Death. The Book Thief tells a somewhat softer side of Hitler’s Germany, but tragedy is never far away.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Another great read! I liked the perspective the book is told in. The story is well written and easy to get into. Definitely recommended.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An incredibly gripping book. I really love how death is used as a narrator!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I have ever read This was one of the best books I have ever read, and would love to see if there was ever another chapter!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing best book I've ever read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book Hands down one of my all time favourite books and I have read this book at least 4 times over.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favourite Book! I'm so happy I read this book. It is beautiful and heartbreaking, and gives a great account of the life of a girl living in Nazi Germany who loves books. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HOLY SH*T This book is my favourite, and I'm not even some old-man history buff. It keeps you reading, and just begging for more Liesy. Im not usually an emotional reader, but no matterr how many times I read this, I will always cry each time. (I once read this twice back-to-back, so thats saying something.) every relationship that is formed with liesel is so elegant. I can't even explain how incredible this book is . JUST. BUY. IT. So Freaking AMAZING.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book This book was so incredible. I laughed, cried, and couldn't put it down. By far, this is now my favourite book of all time.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! A very heart felt book, it was so good! To be honest I though the beginning was confusing but after that I couldn't put it down! It has a fantastic story line that was very touching (it made me cry). I definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A sad but brilliant story that is beautifully written.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a classic a book everyone should read at one point in their life.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome super well written and intriguing, one of my all time favourites #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring story Though the format of the book takes getting used to, the story itself is beautifully written and inspiring at times. The power of words, unconditional love and learning to accept those who are different from you are some of the life lessons this book have to offer. I didn't think I would get so emotionally attached to the characters, but I did and you'll see why once you read it. 100% recommend!!!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring story Though the format of the book takes getting used to, the story itself is beautifully written and inspiring at times. The power of words, unconditional love and learning to accept those who are different from you are some of the life lessons this book have to offer. I didn't think I would get so emotionally attached to the characters, but I did and you'll see why once you read it. 100% recommend!!!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story I absolutely loved everything about this book. The story is well told and beautiful, but also the style of the writing is delightful. I loved the concept of having Death as the narrator!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant, and touching This novel is absolutely amazing! It follows the story of a young girl in Germany during wold war 2. The story is narrated from a certain point of view that i found suits the story so well, and also an interesting way of narrating. Would recommend this 100%. This novel is a must read! !
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth It A rewarding and insightful read. Memorable and loveable characters. Masterfully written, the Book Thief is much like hearing an eeriely beautiful classical piece performed with a full orchestra. Simultaneously broke and warmed my heart.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! My favorite book ever (other than Harry Potter of course)! Showing how reading and books is powerful and empowering while mixed with history makes it a 10/10.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've Never Cried So Much In My Life If you've seen the movie but haven't read this book, you have not lived! I'm not a big cryer, especially when it comes to books, but I just found myself so invested in Liesel Meminger's story that I felt all of her emotions as my own. This book was beautifully written, although it was a work of fiction, Markus Zusak did not diminish the atrocities of the second world war. Instead he wrote it in a way that made you feel as if you had been part of it, living in that basement, writing words on the wall. A must read for everyone!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Great and original book!!! I wish we knew what happened to max did he liesel stay friends??? was he her husband??? questions! Very original and held most of the tears at bay
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get ready to cry I can't read this book without crying, it is so heartbreaking, yet so passionate
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Wow. This was an extremely well thought out plot. I look forward to reading more of Zusak's work.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this This is one of my favorite books that I will be keeping on my shelf rather than giving away. This book is a true classic.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grab some tissues Wasn't sure how I would feel about reading a young adult WWII novel, but I am so glad I did. Having Death as the narrator of the story has got to be one of the most original and gripping decisions in YA lit. Liesel's story is heartbreaking.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You need to emotionally prepare yourself I think this is a book that everyone needs to read, but this is not light reading. You need to read it at the right time in your life, and be prepared, you will cry
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic look at how death would be as a narrator The writing style is so concise and just, well, fantastic. The story is heart wrenching, and then suddenly you're smiling all wide like a child because peace can be found in unexpected places. "I have hated the words and I have loved them." brings me to tears each time I think about Leisel, and how I think of kindly Hans.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolute Must-Read I have had this book for about three years and I still think it is one of the best historical fictions I have ever read. The narrator is by far the most interesting and complex character in the book and he or she kept me reading until the very end.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it. Was recommended to me by a good friend. Doesn't disappoint...Really unique and fascinating read!!
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a beautiful story! This is a wonderful book, and it will definitely resonate with readers who are passionate about books. The characters are wonderful and the story is both sad and
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story I watched the movie before reading the book, and the movie just doesn't do it justice! A heartbreaking story, but beautifully written
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was just amazing. I ahve no words to describe how amazing it is!
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book My english class just finished the book, I loved it, good story, I found it easy to follow, I loved the foreshadowing so that you could prepare yourself to what was going to happen, but I will always wish the ending was happier #RudyandLiesel4ever
Date published: 2017-06-10

Read from the Book

DEATH AND CHOCOLATEFirst the colors.Then the humans.That's usually how I see things.Or at least, how I try.***HERE IS A SMALL FACT  ***You are going to die.I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that's only the A's. Just don't ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me.***Reaction to the  ***AFOREMENTIONED factDoes this worry you?I urge you--don't be afraid.I'm nothing if not fair.--Of course, an introduction.A beginning.Where are my manners?I could introduce myself properly, but it's not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A color will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away.At that moment, you will be lying there (I rarely find people standing up). You will be caked in your own body. There might be a discovery; a scream will dribble down the air. The only sound I'll hear after that will be my own breathing, and the sound of the smell, of my footsteps.The question is, what color will everything be at that moment when I come for you? What will the sky be saying?Personally, I like a chocolate-colored sky. Dark, dark chocolate. People say it suits me. I do, however, try to enjoy every color I see--the whole spectrum. A billion or so flavors, none of them quite the same, and a sky to slowly suck on. It takes the edge off the stress. It helps me relax.***A SMALL THEORY  ***People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darknesses. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.As I've been alluding to, my one saving grace is distraction. It keeps me sane. It helps me cope, considering the length of time I've been performing this job. The trouble is, who could ever replace me? Who could step in while I take a break in your stock-standard resort-style vacation destination, whether it be tropical or of the ski trip variety? The answer, of course, is nobody, which has prompted me to make a conscious, deliberate decision--to make distraction my vacation. Needless to say, I vacation in increments. In colors.Still, it's possible that you might be asking, why does he even need a vacation? What does he need distraction from?Which brings me to my next point.It's the leftover humans.The survivors.They're the ones I can't stand to look at, although on many occasions I still fail. I deliberately seek out the colors to keep my mind off them, but now and then, I witness the ones who are left behind, crumbling among the jigsaw puzzle of realization, despair, and surprise. They have punctured hearts. They have beaten lungs.Which in turn brings me to the subject I am telling you about tonight, or today, or whatever the hour and color. It's the story of one of those perpetual survivors--an expert at being left behind.It's just a small story really, about, among other things:* A girl* Some words* An accordionist* Some fanatical Germans* A Jewish fist fighter* And quite a lot of thieveryI saw the book thief three times.BESIDE THE RAILWAY LINEFirst up is something white. Of the blinding kind.Some of you are most likely thinking that white is not really a color and all of that tired sort of nonsense. Well, I'm here to tell you that it is. White is without question a color, and personally, I don't think you want to argue with me.***A REASSURING ANNOUNCEMENT  ***Please, be calm, despite that previous threat.I am all bluster--I am not violent. I am not malicious.I am a result.Yes, it was white.It felt as though the whole globe was dressed in snow. Like it had pulled it on, the way you pull on a sweater. Next to the train line, footprints were sunken to their shins. Trees wore blankets of ice.As you might expect, someone had died.They couldn't just leave him on the ground. For now, it wasn't such a problem, but very soon, the track ahead would be cleared and the train would need to move on.There were two guards.There was one mother and her daughter.One corpse.The mother, the girl, and the corpse remained stubborn and silent."Well, what else do you want me to do?"The guards were tall and short. The tall one always spoke first, though he was not in charge. He looked at the smaller, rounder one. The one with the juicy red face."Well," was the response, "we can't just leave them like this, can we?"The tall one was losing patience. "Why not?"And the smaller one damn near exploded. He looked up at the tall one's chin and cried, "Spinnst du! Are you stupid?!" The abhorrence on his cheeks was growing thicker by the moment. His skin widened. "Come on," he said, traipsing over the snow. "We'll carry all three of them back on if we have to. We'll notify the next stop."As for me, I had already made the most elementary of mistakes. I can't explain to you the severity of my self-disappointment. Originally, I'd done everything right:I studied the blinding, white-snow sky who stood at the window of the moving train. I practically inhaled it, but still, I wavered. I buckled--I became interested. In the girl. Curiosity got the better of me, and I resigned myself to stay as long as my schedule allowed, and I watched.Twenty-three minutes later, when the train was stopped, I climbed out with them.A small soul was in my arms.I stood a little to the right.The dynamic train guard duo made their way back to the mother, the girl, and the small male corpse. I clearly remember that my breath was loud that day. I'm surprised the guards didn't notice me as they walked by. The world was sagging now, under the weight of all that snow.Perhaps ten meters to my left, the pale, empty-stomached girl was standing, frost-stricken.Her mouth jittered.Her cold arms were folded.Tears were frozen to the book thief's face.

Editorial Reviews

Junior Booklover Braden Lunn from Calgary, Alberta. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, is a classic tale about love and loss set in Nazi Germany on the brink of the Second World War. The Book Thief is told through the eyes of a nine year-old girl, Liesel Meminger, as she tries to distinguish right from wrong. As Liesel grows up, she is taught to worship the Fuhrer and the purity he is striving to achieve, but she continually witnesses the horrors and destruction being left in his wake. The Book Thief is a superbly written novel that will find its place in history as one of the greatest novels of our time. The Book Thief is a true masterpiece written with amazing emotion and imagery that will give readers a remarkable, awe-inspiring gaze into the lives of those who not only had to live under the Fuhrer’s rule, but also had to deal with the discrimination and propaganda that became part of their everyday lives.