The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Paperback | September 11, 2007

byMarkus Zusak

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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.

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.

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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.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 Mu...

Markus Zusak is the author of I Am the Messenger, a Printz Honor Book and Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist, and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which has been translated into over thirty languages and has sold nine million copies around the world. He is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.22 inPublished:September 11, 2007Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375842209

ISBN - 13:9780375842207

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Customer Reviews of The Book Thief


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! I found it starts off a little slow, but really picks up at the end. I like how its through deaths perspective and how it shows you parts of the book Liesel wrote The Book Thief.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Heartbreaking yet amazing. Great WWII story.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Its a decent book. Quite detailed
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read !! I felt like I was there - great story and history.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book Thief This is a book that you'll think about long after the last page has been turned. The characters are heartbreaking, the writing is poetry, the circumstances are terrible. It's a story that is both beautiful and sad as only the best stories can be, a story worth remembering.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book By far the best book I have ever read. Looking forward to Markus Zuzak releasing more material (hopefully soon!)
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing novel As a fan of books and historical novels, this book definitely caught my eye. It did not disappoint!!!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a good read Admittedly at first I wasn't fully into the book but it slowly won me over #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok... Not really what I was expecting, I didn't feel that there was one main plot but rather a few smaller ones, which resulted in the book having no climax (in my opinion). I didn't really fall in love with any of the characters. I'm usually into Nazis Germany books, but this one didn't quite captivate me. I felt myself struggling to get through all 550(ish) pages. I just couldn't get interested.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking! This book had me hooked from the first word and captivated my heart till the end!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book The narration of the book is wonderful and captivating and the character's themselves are so easy to fall in love with. I can't believe I waited so long to read this book. I am a huge historical fiction lover so this book was perfect. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense I cried so many times. Worth the read.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read! This book was really eye-opening. The setting, characters, story line and writing were all perfect! Great for young adults and over.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Glad I read it but a little disappointed in the book itself. I felt it was a little self-indulgently written.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and emotional I grabbed this book because of the interesting title. Usually I read the summary first but this time I took a risk. It is nothing like I had expected. The story takes you on an emotional journey through the eyes of a German girl who has a love for books. The characters felt real to me, almost like I was truly there. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys history and a coming of age tale.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read Once you start there is no way you can put it down. An amazing story, and very well written.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Lot Better Than Expected I'd originally had to read this book for school, which automatically made it suck. But fortunately I am a slacker and never finished it for the semester. When I did finally finish it on my own time... Wow! I had a whole new appreciation for this book. The characters are so fun and you'll fall in love with the vast majority of them, even some of the characters who are against the protagonist are great! As a history nerd, this was right up my ally, and if you like the Second World War, this is a book for you, as it shows a side of the war we don't normally get to see. This is one of those books where it's best going into it knowing nothing about it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book Thief The story isn't really what gets me about this, though it is an interesting take on the war. It's the voice. The cleverness of narrating a book from Death's perspective. The cynicism and wit that seem obvious in such a character. The viewpoints and the way the words are strung together like poetry, that makes me love this book so much.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book For me, the story started to get interesting half way through the book. Despite the first half of the book being boring, the second half was beautifully tragic and it definitely makes you want to keep turning the page.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love Very nice book. You have to keep reading. Page turner for sure.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! This is a book I will read again I am sure. I love anything that is written about World War 2 and this did not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking and emotional I feel like this is one of those books everyone should read simply because whether or not you like the story I think it makes you really think. It made me cry which is rare for me. You've been warned!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Profound The narration in this book is fascinating. I have never thought of Death as a central character. It is clever and insidious in describing life during WWII Nazi Germany. A must read.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't believe I have not read this until now... Amazing read, I could not put it down. The characters are so well written that you feel like you know them, along with the scene and everything else. I don't think anyone could read this without falling in love. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read This was a good story. The characters were well-developed and the story flowed easily.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left me shook for a few hours. The first half of this book was very hard to get through, then near the middle things started to pick up. It gave me that "WOOW" feeling at the end. It left me shook and in disbelief that I finished it. This isn't the typical plot structured book that most teen novels have. This book is living in the shoes of someone else for however long is takes for you to finish the book. It'll make you cry, laugh a little bit, and feel a tad frustrated near the end. When I read I book, I want to know if there is romance. This book doesn't have romance, just a schoolgirl crush with a twist, and family love.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What A Story This was such a beautiful story, so sad. Truly a book everyone should read
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I was looking forward to reading this book because my niece loved it so much and said it made her cry. I wish I could say that it moved me too, but I just didn't care for the writing style at all. The constant foreshadowing and back and forth were extremely annoying so that I couldn't bond with any of the characters. I forced myself to keep reading, hoping it would get better but it never did. It wasn't completely terrible but, honestly, I'm glad its over. I realize this sounds harsh, and I can see why many people do love this book, but it's just not my kind of holocaust story. The Nightingale, Auschwitz Escape, Finding Rebecca, Once We Were Brothers, Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire and Schindler's List are all books I highly recommend for great, moving, Holocaust/WWII stories.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I was a bit skeptical when my friend recommended me this book, and was pleasantly surprised by how good it is! Amazing story, amazing characters, amazing writing... I couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it killed me soooo good, Im not usually in to this kind of book but this one was amazing
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definite page turner! Great read! Cried the last two chapters. And then watched the movie afterwards and kept yelling at the screen at the inaccuracies. The book was much better!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Couldn't put it down. Great read
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book gets you attached to the characters and leaves you with a heart break. It is a must read for everybody!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book had me reading till I finished it in one sitting, it's absolutely amazing, and I believe everyone would enjoy reading it, no matter what genre of books you prefer! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the most beautiful things I have ever read
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read A poignant story, even the third time around. Also one of the few films that I'll admit is as good as the book.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read A beautiful story. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Wonderful story that will break your heart.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, light read. Great for people who don't read much, it reaches anyone. I really loved every page of this book. If you are looking for something intellectual, this isn't it, I'd say it's a light read, but a real page-turner and a beautifully simply written book. I recommend for someone who doesn't like to read, honestly. It doesn't matter if you like historical books or a story take that takes place in a historic period of time, it is adapted to almost anyone, honestly.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from baby This book broke me, i cryed like a baby.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I love the use of personification of Death in this book #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring I don't get what all the hype is about this book. I found it boring and hard to get through. It's definitely a book that I will not read again.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Breaking And Eye Opening This book is a detailed novel that covers a topic that is heart wrenching to begin with. The characters are so beautifully developed you can't help but get attached to the main ones. This book has everything you could possibly want and more. You won't be able to put it down!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not just a book you read in school one of my favourite books for sure! luckily i didn't have to read this for school or else i would have hated it, reading it during my leisure time was very enjoyable
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For school but 10/10 Was told to read this for school and enjoyed every second of it. Ended up rereading just for fun!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book This novel gives a different view on the second world war: the story of Liesel and her adoptive family is gripping. I read this book when I was fourteen and again before the movie came out. While this might go without saying, the book is better than the movie and you should definitely read it first.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever I cannot begin to say how much I loved this book. The idea of the narrator is simply amazing. This is one of my favourite books!!! It is written so wonderfully.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional Rollercoaster I read this a few years ago and loved it so much that I just had to read it again (and again, and again). This book made me cry like a baby, it was very emotional. It was beautifully written, I especially liked the perspective that the book was written in. It was very unique. I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Moving This was a beautifully written, original, moving point of view on WWII. The story of a German child's life through the war, the importance of literature, and the inevitability of death.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Perspective A touching story, written from an unlikely perspective. This is one that will stay with you long after you have closed the pages.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional Read Read it for English class. The writing style was unique and it made you really connect with the characters.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read for All Ages Truly heartbreaking and eye-opening.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I didnt like this I personally thought this was kind of a boring book and i couldnt really get into it.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS I loved this book so much I paid to have it shipped to Australia to be signed by Zusak himself. I loved this novel very much
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It Love it. It is enjoyable and has a great story line.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Really Good Read I personally found myself really enjoying this gripping novel, and I thought that Marcus Zusak did a beautiful job of representing such a horrific period in our history. I'm so glad I took a chance on this novel, and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Book Thief I was caught up in the setting of this story and the challenges faced by those who had to live through this horrible period in history. Again the indomitable human spirit to survive in portrayed in this book.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I liked this book, it was enjoyable and has a great storyline.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gripping This book was interesting and gave a new perspective and shed new light on the dark times it talked about.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I really loved this book. It was brilliant, so glad I read it
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A different perspective This is a great book with a whole different look at the Horrors of the time
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Get some tissues ready! Liesels’s life is turned upside-down when her young brother dies and her mother leaves her in foster care. The only comfort she seems to find in a book called The Grave Digger’s Handbook, which she found near her brother’s grave. Despite the fact that young Liesel cannot read, she is captivated by the book. When her sleepless nights are filled with nightmares, her foster father begins reading with her and slowly teaching her how to read herself. It isn’t long before she starts stealing books from other places. This is Nazi Germany. Liesel spends her days helping her mama with her personal laundry business and reading in the mayor’s wife’s library. She also steals food and other items with her friend Rudy. What’s more, her family is hiding a Jewish man in their basement. This book is a coming of age story with a dark undertone. The most interesting aspect? The book is entirely written from death’s point of view. I’d be lying if I were to say I didn’t enjoy this book, because I did, very much so. It was a very interesting story and I really felt for the characters. Their stories are so eloquently intertwined. In many ways, readers are even connect with the narrator, death himself. The relationships between different characters are explained very well. So well in fact, that you can feel them. You know how Liesel feels about her family, Rudy, Max, and the mayor’s wife. You can even begin to feel when the contexts of these relationships shift. That’s what made me enjoy the book so much. It isn’t often that I personally can feel this way when I read books. Normally I identify with characters, but I don’t necessarily feel confident about the relationships between characters. For once, I didn’t get a mental picture of the images in the book. I didn’t know what Liesel’s house on Himmel street looked like, or even what she looked like. But I could feel those relationships. The book also paints a picture of what it might have been like to live in Nazi Germany at the time, even if it is a fictitious text. Most books about WWII, such as Night and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Yes I am aware these two books are not fictitious), are told from Jewish people’s side. This is the first book I have read regarding the other side of the spectrum, because the wide German population was suffering too, whether or not they agreed with Hitler’s ways. I do have various criticisms about the book. The book did not intrigue me to keep reading. This may seem trivial to base a book on, but whatever, that’s one of my qualifications for what makes a good book, sue me. If I start reading a book and if there is a long stretch of time where I could really care less about what happens at the end of the book, it usually gets a low rating from me. No I’m not saying every chapter has to end with a cliffhanger, but it’s just some books make me want to keep reading and many don’t. This unfortunately was one of them. I’m sure many other people disagree and I’m sure the book did grip others to keep reading, but I was not one of these people. Sorry. The other problem I have with the book is that to me, the fact that she is obsessed with books really has nothing to do with the story. The moments where you think you’re getting to that point are fleeting. I do realize that certain parts are important when it comes to books. Her relationship with her papa is built on books, her relationship with Max is aided by words, her reading calms people down during bombing raids, she talks to the mayor’s wife a lot, and books save her life. But is that the most important part of the story? Arguably no. I especially have a problem because it’s never really explained WHY she’s obsessed with books, it just happens. and that confuses me. The book also just seems so jumpy. What’s more important? Her learning to read, the Jewish man hiding in her basement, her escapades with Rudy, or the fact that she’s in Nazi Germany? So much happened that it was hard to focus on one aspect of the story. I also didn’t really get “The Word Shaker” and what made it imperative to the outcome of the story. Despite all this though, the book was enjoyable and I am glad I read it and gave it a chance, because it was an interesting story. The ending was also absolute gold. Tragic, but golden.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Love this book. It made me cry several times. The movie is really good also
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from School Project I chose this book as an ISU assignment and immediately after completing it I was so mad I hadn't read it sooner! If you're on the fence about this book I will make up your mind for you, READ IT!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book Thief Beautiful edition with a very nice cover!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book! This was possibly the best book I've ever read! Prepare to fall in love with every character!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10 Zusak really creates a picture with this story. I loved his choice of narrator, Death. It was interesting a put a unique spin to the whole story.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Was a fantastic book #plumreviews
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love it! Read this book in school a few years back. It's one of the only novel study books that I have purchased and have read over and over again. The storyline captivates you!
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Storytelling The characters in this are great and the choice of narrator is different and interesting. It's set in the all too familiar setting of The second world war but takes a look at regular German citizens and how their lives are impacted by the Nazis.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i cried good book, interesting choice of narrator (fits the story)
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the amazing books I read. Can you have "DEATH" as a narrator and will you like it? That's just what happens in this wonderful book. It will make you cry definitely and love a certain boy and a girl to the death. Written about a story in war torn Germany this is one of the books you should read in your life time. !!!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poetic I loved this book - the story and the characters really stayed with me. Having Death as the narrator gave it a beautiful new perspective.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! The story is absolutely amazing! The writing is fantastic and I fell in love with the characters!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inspiring I beautiful story amidst the an ugly time in human history
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful A different approach to a WWII story, but equally as powerful.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it one of the best books i have read.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Is beautiful. It is so well written and well done with lovely characters.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it One of my favorite books I would definitely recommend. I found the idea of death as the narrator very interesting and especially loved the way he was portrayed, not at all what you would expect. #plumreviews
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Good storyline, loved the characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Loved It I loved the idea of having Death narrate this book, and though at some times, I was slightly confused, I found the narration added a bit of sarcasm and humor to the book. Despite this, The Book Thief still conveyed the seriousness of what happened in Nazi Germany in a way that still shows the reader how harsh it was to be Jewish or someone who disagreed with the Nazis' views at that time. This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Powerful Extremely powerful story of a little girl living in Nazi Germany and slowly learns the power of words and how that helped Hitler in his rise to power
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Absolutely amazing book. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Something Beautiful in every sense of the word.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! One of my all time favourite books! Time period pieces like this are often over romanticized but this is spot in and the story line feels real in pairing with the the. Characters are well developed and this book would be enjoyed by all ages
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I bought this book after having it recommended from a few people and when I read it I loved it. I loved the characters and the story!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!!!! Overall this is an amazing novel with a great story
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book more than I love myself I bought this a while ago and if it was the last book I ever bought I would be happy, it's amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read Zusak creates fantastic characters and a dark and forboding setting. This book creates a unique twist to what could otherwise be a familiar plot. I really enjoyed how he created love and caring in a scary world. Great read, even as an adult.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible story It was very deep and very different. Although I had a little trouble getting into it because it does lean more on the historical side and I'm not really a huge fan of political history
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The title caught me A book i wanted to love but had trouble getting into.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Stunning To Read This story had me on the verge of tears for the most part. The entire tale had an unshakable hold on me, not that I would want it to let go. Phenomenal, I have not read a book this profound in such a long time.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good good concept not memorable
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time favourite! One of my all time favourite novels! Unique perspective. Beautiful writing. Will emotionally wreck you.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An eerie tale A great fiction to give a very human touch to the tragedy of the holocaust. It has an interesting narrator as well, and is a good, fast read.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real Tear Jerker I enjoy most books with a WWII background, this book did not disappoint! I enjoy all the little pieces of history all these fiction stories give me to further research and learn more about. Along with the history involved, it knew how to grow characters in a way that you love them even more. Very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Beautiful This novel will both warm your heart and break it at the same time. Zusak has a very unique writing style in which he doesn't write much but it says a thousand things to the reader. There is good mix of fiction and history. The fiction has realistic touches that make the characters very easy to identify with.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book!! I loved this book! Its the perfect mix of fiction and history. Left me speechless.. even crying in some parts. Definitely would recommend this book.! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rollercoaster I had to read this book for Advanced English 11, and let me tell you, it left me speechless. One second you're smiling, the next sobbing. It was very unexpected. A wonderful read for anyone, highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what i expect Great book. I thought this will be a long read. But once i started reading I cant stop. Happy that I am able to read this.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview teen favorite after watching the movie my daughter wanted the book and has read it over and over again. it tells and important story with easy to follow characters and events. pulls you right in. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant I found it a little hard to get into at first but this was an amzing book. I can see why it became so popular!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Read this book because of a friend recommendation and I loved it! Great mix of fiction and history with an interesting choice of narration.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book of all Time I love this book more than anything in the world as it is a gripping story that accurately represents Nazi Germany and the innocence of a young girl in the Hitler Youth living through it. I had to study this book for an english class and I can honestly say I enjoyed it which is usually very rare for required reading.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely work! Really amazing story telling. This is some Boy In The Striped Pajamas shit right here.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful A truly stunning read filled with amazing characters and charm. Truly a work of art.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Storytelling at its Finest The power of books to bring people together even in a time of tragedy underscores this incredible journey as one girl comes of age during Nazi rule. Tragic, optimistic, real and uplifting; this novel is a rollercoaster of emotions.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book! An incredibly powerful told from a very unique perspective set during the Holocaust in Germany.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is an amazing story that will pull at both your heart and soul.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holocaust tale This book is hauntingly beautiful, perfect for those searching for a unique perspective regarding the Holocaust
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible, Powerful, Artistic This is one of the most gripping and moving stories I have ever read - high praise from a ravenous booknerd - and I honestly couldn't put it down for a moment. The pages are chock-full of innovative storytelling, beautifully persuasive characters, and writing that I can only describe as an art form in the truest sense of the word. Turn to any section of this book and I promise you there will be multiple striking quotes on the paper in front of you. Would recommend to anyone, historical fiction lover or not.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and Haunting It is impossible to forget this novel; it stays with you as a constant reminder to be thankful for all that we have and mindful of all others have lost. A powerful story of love and loss through the eyes of death - both a unique take and incredibly haunting.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifuly Written I got this book for my novel studies assignment for my English class and I am so happy I did. I expected it to be something boring and full of the qualities of books that made it on the novel studies list. However, I was wrong and I'll try to keep it short when explaining why. First, when you are following the life of Liesel, you are experiencing what it feels to be her. You are there when she arrived at the Hubermann's house, terrified of her future, you are there when she makes friends with Rudy and always rejects his kisses and you are there when her friendship with Max begins to grow. Secondly, Zusak was able to capture what it feels like to be living in that time period really well, as you see the children being brain washed, the danger of death and the pointlessness of war. Lastly, the book is written in the point of view of death, which is extrememly interesting because only from there you can see how close Liesel is surrounded by death. The ending to this book was really fitting, although I did not quite agree with it. Overall, it was an absolute masterpiece and I highly recommand everyone to read it once during their life.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Masterpiece Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking. One of my all-time favourites. It is like a reader's love letter to books. Highly recommended to book lovers everywhere.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Book! This is my favourite book! It mixes a great depth in character with a charming plot. Warning, it does get very sad but still has a bitter sweet ending.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful take on historical fiction This novel is perfect for readers who wish to be educated on the Holocaust through a unique and eye-opening perspective. It would act as a good teaching resource and I would recommend for all ages!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book! I bought this book a while ago and have read it several times. I love the fact that it's narrated by death.. such an interesting aspect. Way better than the movie.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful I never read historical fiction until I read The Book Thief. Now, it is one of my favourite books ever! This story has a really unique narrator and it just draws you in from the first page.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative and Unique Story Such time, care and thought was taken to write this story. It grew on me as time went on. Based in Germany during WWII, Liesel struggles to overcome her fearful past, haunting dreams, and ill-favored pastimes that define her childhood. Her love of words and a desire to persevere keep Liesel strong during those moments when Death (the narrator of the story) sees and observes Liesel as an extraordinary human being. A rich story with Rudy, Hans (Papa), Max, Rosa and the library she cannot resist. Well done. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite! This is, hands down, my favourite book of all time! Before reading it, I had heard the most amazing things about this book so I went in with very high expectations and it exceeded them! I love the story, the characters, and especially the way the book is written! I adore everything about this book and will definitely be rereading it in the future!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book, unique narrator So this book isn't for you if you don't want to be sad over the course of a lot of pages. Because this book is very, very sad. But the characters are individual and worth caring about, the imagery is vivid, and despite the overall tone, the book is very much about finding glimmers of hope and inspiration in mundane things and small human acts of kindness. Definitely worth a read.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I really really enjoyed this book! I love the fact that it was from a different point of view!
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from raw, captivating, and real. I am a fan of books that do not sugar-coat things. I find that too many novels nowadays choose a protagonist, plot, and end based on a die roll, and consequently are too shallow and predictable. This book is pessimistic, but it IS world war II: the Nazis are getting stricter, food is more scarce, and fear is rampant. You really grow with the characters - you feel like a part of them very early on. Each character is unique and finely crafted. As some other reviewers have pointed out, this is from DEATH's perspective which I found refreshing. The metaphors and imagery are fantastic: I can honestly claim I have never read a book like this. However, this book is not for everyone. For those who enjoy the happier, optimistic-toned narratives, this is not for you. But if you are willing to try something that really makes you feel, that hooks you from the most unexpected of pages and lines, then this book is for you. One last thing: I would only recommend this to 13 year olds who are mature enough to understand the severity of the Second World War. While it is not gruesome, the references to war and death may not be suitable for some.
Date published: 2016-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Draws you in Well written book that takes place during WWII. I really enjoy books that portray different perspectives from this era. This was a compelling story that takes you through the gamut of emotions. You develop a strong attachment to the characters. This is a well written book.
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and endearing. I wonder how many books have been written about WWII, about Nazi Germany, about the holocaust? Thousands ? Hundreds of thousands? Millions? What is there left to say? What is there left to write ? Why would a writer decide to write about it still? I believe they have at least 6 million reasons for writing it. I love that this book is written for YA. It is a wonderful, powerful book written in a unique narrative that makes it unforgettable.
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely stunning! I loved this book, the imagery was incredible. Much better than the movie!
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a great book, better than the movie for sure! It took me a little while to understand that Death was telling the story. Once you figure that out, it is a much easier read. It is a wonderful book! The descriptions used are captivating. I found myself rereading many of the metaphors because they were so powerful.
Date published: 2015-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This novel ruined me in a profound way. I had watched a small selection of BookTube reviews on The Book Thief, read about it on Goodreads and even had a friend deeply praise this stunning novel. I had even watched the movie version of this novel, adored it, and knew that this was a book I had to witness. What I wasn't prepared for was the sheer magnificence of it. This novel made me question all the right points in life, is filled to the brim with vibrant quotes, and even the least explained characters impacted me. I've heard that some people avoid reading this novel, due to it being quite sad, yet I believe that The Book Thief is a novel that all should read. It's as wonderful as it is meaningful.
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me! I have tried reading this book at least 5 times. Not sure whether it's the author's style of writing or the subject matter; but I could not slough through this one at all.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A touching story I've spent a year and a half reading this book, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Himmel street came vividly to life with every page I turned, and through the lens of childhood it almost became a second home. There are glimpses of happiness in Leisel Meminger's life between lives, and although the reader is careful not to expect happy endings, the final blow is still delivered with a semblance of kindness. The central theme of the book is eventually presented with almost childlike clarity. I hope you enjoy navigating this story just as much as I did.
Date published: 2015-10-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Boring.....trying since August to read it...concept is great but terrible read! Finally gave up a page 270, can't do it!
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright I thought it would be better, I understand the reason why people liked it but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written and touching You won't find many books told from such an interesting point of view. Well written, touching, great descriptions. This book will stay with me for a long time. I am recommending it to my children.
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This is an amazing story. I could not put the book down, it was so good! Amazing. The choice of narrator is extremely interesting. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a book that must be read and shared! Pick it up today! Believe it or not, I had not read The Book Thief until this summer. It was on my "to read" list for a very long time but for some reason I just never got to it. I am so thrilled that I actually took the time to sit down with the book. It is an absolute masterpiece. It's heartwrenching and heartwarming at the same time. Not only does Zusak paint a believable story of the 1930s in Germany, he convincingly tells that story in a unique manner. I will admit that for the first several chapters I hated the book and was tempted to put it down. The narrator of the tale is Death. And it was only my daughter urging me to keep reading that kept me going with the book. But it was worth it. This is a book that must be read and shared! Pick it up today!
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF ALL TIME If you haven't read this book yet, you are missing out on life. This book was life changing, charming, and when it was over, you feel nostalgia because you get so emotionally attached to the characters. This book is all about the power of words but there are no words to describe this book sufficiently. I got it from the library but after I read it I just wanted to keep it everywhere I go, so I bought it.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So beautifully written One of the most compelling books I've read in a long time. Love the use of metaphors used by the narrator.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Book Thief Interesting read. Author picked an odd narrator but made him almost human. I read it for a January book club. Not the right book for a depressing month but otherwise worthwhile.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow! Wow, this book is told by Death, the narrator. I admit it confused me a little for the first few pages but once I wrapped my head around that I could not put it down. It was not really a story about books or stealing. That was a small part of it. It was about a young girl's childhood and different relationships with people during WW2 in Germany. Thumbs up; give it a read!
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've read! Topping my list is the Harry Potter series, but the Book Thief is a close second. It's raw, deep and captivating. The story is told through Death's perspective, which you may think would be very dark and evil, but it actually is intriguing and an interesting perspective to this book. There's a big twist at the end, and be prepared to have your tissues ready!
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Well written! Enjoyable! The characters are well developed. Death narrating gives a interesting perspective!
Date published: 2015-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book thief Having seen and been moved by the movie,it wAs with some fear that I chose to read the book. how wrong I was and how glad.......this is a fabulous,funny,tender and moving story of youth and love, of the horrors of war and the absolute joy and power of the written word. I will read it again and insist that my friends do too. This is the best book I have read in a long long time.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary Book I heard a lot of positive comments about this book, so I decided to buy it. It is honestly one of my favorite books ever. It is so raw and dark, but heartwarming too. I love this book to bits!
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh the beauty of words! Perhaps because I learned to speak a second language years ago that I felt a strong connection with the power of words experienced by Liesel. There is a beautiful sadness to this story and a painful truth about love.
Date published: 2014-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story I started reading this book because I had to for a project and honestly I'm glad I picked this one over the 6 others. It is an amazing story and I really grew attached to Liesel. Even though I've learned about WWII in history class reading it in this work of fiction made it seem more real- personal even. It gave great insight to the power of words and how there is still good within evil.
Date published: 2014-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Book Thief Pretty good book. Sometimes hard to understand and sometimes hard to put down.
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was moving, inspirational and educational. I will recommend it to all readers above 12.♥♥♥
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Book Thief Very close to the movie, a very good read! Please never let this happen again!
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Refreshing new perspective on world war 2, loved it
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Liked so much more than the movie
Date published: 2014-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book Thief What a story, Death pulls you in and keeps you wanting more!Through tears, envisioning what my parents must of suffered as young children in Hamburg. A must read.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not engaging enough I was excited to read this book and then watch the film (which I haven't done yet), but ended up very disappointed. I found the book to be a very slow, boring read. I lost my focus while reading it, often.
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book thief stole my heart Moving and creatively written.
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book thief Well written could not put it down
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Very sad story during a horrific time in our history. It is a tragedy what human beings are capable of doing to their fellow brothers and sisters
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking... Love the way this is written, the phrases and word choice juxtaposition are delightful, even if the subject matter and the worlds of this read are very sad.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow this is hands down the best book I have ever read. the metaphors that the authour uses are so beautiful and alluring and the characters are loveable and extremely well developped. you`re going to fall in love with this book I promise <3
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from inviting cover and title I read a lot of books but I could not even begin to finish this one. The whole book seemed so disjointed and I could never begin to enjoy the story. I know that it has been very popular but certainly not one I liked. Really very disappointed. I actually tried to read it again but finally gave up.
Date published: 2014-06-09

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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

“Brilliant and hugely ambitious…Some will argue that a book so difficult and sad may not be appropriate for teenage readers…Adults will probably like it (this one did), but it’s a great young-adult novel…It’s the kind of book that can be life-changing, because without ever denying the essential amorality and randomness of the natural order, The Book Thief offers us a believable hard-won hope…The hope we see in Liesel is unassailable, the kind you can hang on to in the midst of poverty and war and violence. Young readers need such alternatives to ideological rigidity, and such explorations of how stories matter. And so, come to think of it, do adults.” -New York Times, May 14, 2006"The Book Thief is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader's mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night. It seems poised to become a classic." - USA Today"Zusak doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five: with grim, darkly consoling humor.” - Time Magazine"Elegant, philosophical and moving...Beautiful and important." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred"This hefty volume is an achievement...a challenging book in both length and subject..." - Publisher's Weekly, Starred "One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years."- The Wall Street Journal"Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak's poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour de force to be not just read but inhabited."- The Horn Book Magazine, Starred"An extraordinary narrative."- School Library Journal, Starred"The Book Thief will be appreciated for Mr. Zusak's audacity, also on display in his earlier I Am the Messenger. It will be widely read and admired because it tells a story in which books become treasures. And because there's no arguing with a sentiment like that." - New York Times