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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.

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.
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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Title:The Book ThiefFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8.06 × 5.25 × 1.24 inPublished:September 11, 2007Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375842209

ISBN - 13:9780375842207

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! Everyone needs to read this book. I cried more then once.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique This was a very unique novel. The reason why it does not get 5 stars is that it was slow and difficult to follow from time to time.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it The story really made me feel like I was there in that situation, not to mention the tear-jerking ending
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bring out the tissues Definitely needed a kleenex box near by for this one, but an amazing story none the less.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good movie but greater book I read the book and watched the movie. The movie was able to tell the book's story in motion!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG It was so interesting and a book that's words just flowed with the story. The ending was incredible and heart-breaking, not exactly the part to read when around other people but totally worth-it
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Read A little slow at times, but overall I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story Have read this novel several times, and I enjoy it more and more each time. Definitely may need a few tissues while reading as it is hard not to shed a tear or two, but a very worth-while read.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so heartbreaking but worth it Very good book with vivid characters. The narration is excellent.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is a great read! Way better than the movie!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok Neat narrative, as told in the perspective of death. Great story of the war, but nothing truly special.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I haven't read this yet I loved the movie, almost had me in tears, will give this a try
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely gorgeous! This book was beautiful and this is one of the few instances where the feeling of the book was actually translated into film very well. I'd recommend reading the book AND seeing the movie.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book Interesting point of view that it was written in. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving Story books offer perspective of an adopted child during the second world war. shows innocence. great story
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Easily one of my favourite books. The narrator of this story makes for a good twist and the ending is sad but it makes for a memorable book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing this is as good as the movie in my opionion, and is defenitly worth reading
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Great writing style and tone. Easy to read. Captivating from the first page until the end.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A FAVOURITE Wow..just wow! This was such a difficult story to read because it is all too real. BUT it was beautifully done. I couldn't put it down.. I highly recommend this book! Everyone should read it <3 #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me I was really hoping to love this but i found it very dry and hard to follow.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! It was fascinating to read a book from the perspective of a young girl in Nazi Germany - to be able to somewhat see what the regular citizen's lives were actually like. I loved it and would read it again and again
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get your tissues ready! An absolutely intriguing and captivating book! A wonderful read.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book A really good book, I recommend it
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did I cry? Is that even a question? This is a beautiful story told from the perspective of Death, which really gives a spin on the whole thing. I love this book!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyable The movie was one of my favourites when it came out, so I tried the book. It's written nicely, and is pretty quick to get through.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I bought this book a couple weeks ago and fell in love with it! The book starts off slow but as you read on, the content gets more addicting. It's a tragic book with an unexpected ending.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay book. Well written and okay book.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Will Fall In Love! I read this book last year and loved every page! I thought that the idea of the story being told from Death's perspective was super creative, but also very fitting for the story. You will laugh and cry with the characters as you read along. You won't be able to put it down!!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Wrenching but Amazing 5/5 I didn't know what I was getting in to when I first bought the book, but now that I've read it, I can honestly say that this is definitely one of my favourite books ever. In fact, this is the book that helped me to get out of my reading slump. Please keep in mind that this review is simply my opinion, and I just wanna share my thoughts. I absolutely fell in love with everything about "The Book Thief;" the writing, the characters, the pace. It's hard to put my feelings into words. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak is a beautifully written story that follows Liesel Meminger, a young German girl, that takes place in World War II. It will make you feel a range of emotions in the amount of time it takes for you to complete the novel. Markus Zusak does a wonderful job of evoking the reader's emotions.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I would recommend this to almost everyone!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ugh Yes!!! Characters: yes amazing /Relationships: made me want to cry /Feels: so many!!! /Relatable: hmm I guess not /Pace: ok /Boring parts: like 2 /Worth the Read: YES this was amazingly well written and the story is so beautiful I definitely shed a few tears! You will not regret having picked this one up
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy good! I bought this a while back but i re read it recently and it still had the same strong impact. The narrator being from death is a very interesting perspective and I really enjoy historical fiction.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read I really liked this book. I read it a few years ago and it definitely stood out with it's unique take on the Nazi Germans and World War 2.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great I just couldn't get into this book. I got about half way through and had to stop reading it because it just felt like work.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touches the soul Beautifully written story with a different take on Nazi Germany.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gooe read Really great book...a favourite book of 2016...couldn't put book down!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and heartwrenching Definitely a different take on WW2 and Nazi Germany. This book was beautifully written and it broke my heart.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from History Read this three years ago, and it's really good.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little overrated This book received a lot of hype and unfortunately did not reach my expectations. It was an interesting notion to have it narrated by death in a time of war. Loved that concept, but disappointed in the story itself and the length it took to get there. A lot of mystery was taken away of what would happen to the characters as death would outright tell us before it even happened. So I found because of that, there was no point in reading the rest of the book, since the story is essentially about what happens to these characters. Maybe I missed something, but it was not as good as I was hoping it to be.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great book I had to read this for school a couple years ago, and I ended up liking it much more than I had expected. Fantastic read.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Gripping, beautiful read. I laughed but mostly cried. It's a very touching story that I have re-read a few times and still love. Would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenomenal This book provided a unique perspective on WWII, definitely one that no one has ever considered before. The narrative it great for most readers because it has a big focus on books and how literature and writing bring people together, even during times when they are being forced apart.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book For Everyone!! If you have not read this book yet, I urge you to go and read it now! You do not have to be a history buff to enjoy this novel, anyone from any walk of life will love it. It is an amazing novel that goes through the life of a girl in Nazi Germany. Just a warning though, it is a story that does not leave you soon after you read it. Now go! Read it!
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Has a great story line with dynamic characters. Great read.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tragic yet Beautiful read!! This book portrays the cruelty and sadness that war brings upon us. It also depicts the innocence and compassion that kids have. Very emotional and compelling read!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Not a hard read but an interesting plot line and captivating characters
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read Captivating characters in a well written story.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Great book! Very touching.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from masterpiece I adore this book and read it over and over and over again
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING give this book your 100% attention so you can get into the story because it's amazing and you won't put it down!
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story This is a story from a different viewpoint about the lives of ordinary Germans under the Nazis. Very compelling, emotional and at times very tense. Loved the book and loved the movie. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book I had read this book in school a few years ago and since then, I have read it twice more. The narrator and plot are captivating and allows for a different view of the atrocities that occurred during Nazi Germany. This book gives so much more depth to someone's understanding of life during that period. I 100% recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the topic.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Truly gripping story. Be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story This was a heart warming and charming story, a must read.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourite Books! A book I just couldn't put down, and eventually read in only a few days.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Very good book - very emotional!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Difficult but Easy A slow intro, and overall storyline, but good story in general #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad book, good themes I ordered this online, as I am going to be studying it in school this semester.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book Made me cry in public but I would do it again because I could not put down the book. It was one of those books that make you feel wistful after you finish it.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Emotional This book took me on a huge emotional rollercoaster. There were moments when I couldn't stop crying and others where I couldn't keep the small grin off my face. This is definitely a book everyone should read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Touched the heart and was very meaningful!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Highly recommended This book was so hyped for me, I was expecting it to be life changing. It was a good book, and a very good look at the experiences of nazi Germany.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story One of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book This is my favourite book. It is WAY better and more powerful and meaningful than the film. When I first read it, I was so utterly moved and inspired and stayed up to the early hours of the morning to finish it. It is a top choice gift book for friends and family. While a "teen lit" book, it is a book that all adults can enjoy and be moved by.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting and Gripping story Markus Zusak wrote a masterpiece that was both haunting and gripping. It is eerie to have the narrator be death, and how it follows the protagonist throughout the novel. This was a beautiful story that broke my heart in the end.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This is such an amazing book!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! It's nice to have story set during WW2 that shows how not all germans where with Hitler and helped people in the way they could
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Read this for a school project. Ended up reading it twice and crying twice. Worth it
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the best and most powerful books I've ever read. Everyone needs to read it at least once in their life.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Over-rated Although I did enjoy the book it is definitely over-rated. I had much higher expectations.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Absolutely one of my favourite books ever. The plot was beautiful, the characters complex, the writing amazing. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful story The Book Thief is a beautiful and heartbreaking story. It made me cry, and also made me smile.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really fond memories of this I read this years ago and again more recently. it holds up well, despite my having matured over half a decade. it's historical fiction very well done. it's a thick book you'll read in a day.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was SO good I started this book in June 2015 and put it down for about 9 months. At that time, I just couldn't get interested in it enough to finish it, which always surprised me because it is rated so highly and everyone who has read it seems to love it. I got it on audio from the library this month and really enjoyed it in this format. Once I got into the meat of it, I absolutely loved this book and the way it was written. The narrator was unique, the characters were lovable, the ending was brutally sad. I'd say that it starts a bit slow (maybe why it took me awhile to get into it), but it is so, so, so worth the time to read. Such an interesting perspective on an important period of our collective history
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Book Thief One of my best friends favourite book to read.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE This was one of the first historical war novels that I read. I loved it so much. It's a heartwarming and tragic tale that leaves you wanting more. There are some parts that drag but overall it's a wonderful book that needs to be read.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love it! can't stop once starting reading this characterized thief, from the deaths of her brother to her papa and mama, she lives a life of courage, honest to her conscious and response chaos with justic. She precious friendships and relations, as a human. It made me smile yet wet my eyes. I love it.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED! Touching and Heartbreaking Wow. Everyone needs to read this book. This is not my usual choice in book genre, and I was a little iffy when I picked it out. But the reason that I chose to get it was because I was really intrigued by the writing style, and by who was telling the story. This story is so many things, and I can't even sum up how powerful it is. It is uniquely written and told from a very interesting perspective. It is frightening. It is sad. It is deep. It is emotional. It is touching. This is probably the most touching book that I have ever read. It is so character driven, that everyone in this book is like a real person, everything that they do and say makes you think about it even when the cover is closed. The Book Thief tells a story about a girl living in the worst of times, and how she is able to find love, hope, and light in almost every situation. Although things are tough, and she lets it get to her sometimes (which is allowed), she powers through, and in the most inspiring ways. She has a way of touching everyone in the book, and definitely a way of touching the readers. She makes wonderful friendships and relationships, and the people that she loves, will make you love them too. Truly a wonderful story. -- Read with a box of tissues --
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok It was a good book but 5* rating it is not. The story wasn't as gripping as I would have loved it to be especially considering the setting i.e. Nazi Germany and having Death himself be a narrator! Just didn't captivate me as i thought it would. Want a moving story set in Nazi Germany? Read Night from Elie Weisel. THAT is a gripping and heartfelt story.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it Very very well written! i am very glad that i invested in this boo
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST. READ. This book is one of the best works of the century. It is so beautifully written, and the viewpoint of Death makes it haunting but at the same time, it's a fresh perspective, one that is complex. Everybody needs to read this. It will make you laugh, it will move you to tears, but most of all it will give you a real insight into the world of Nazi-ridden Germany.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thrilling Adventure I read this book some years ago. I couldn't stop reading until I finished, then I couldn't stop crying. The story is exciting and engaging. If you are into Jews' and Nazi's history this is the book for you.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended I really liked this book, I found it deeply moving. However, it's a bit of a slow start. Once you finally "get it," the pages start turning themselves.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth it!! It's almost poetic and will definitely change you forever
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deeply Moving! It's hard to find a fresh take on the brutal Nazi regime, but Markus Zusak does so in an extraordinarily haunting and meaningful way. I resisted reading this book for the longest time, and I am so sorry that I did! It is described as being for 13-17 year olds, but I think it is also relevant and powerful for older readers. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever been moved by the power of words.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impacting. Strong. Powerful. This book may not be as much of a page turner as others, but you will indeed be rushing to find out what happens as you grow a bond and connection with the characters. This book makes you stop and think, and will leave you in tears. But it is a must read. Worth its reputation.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! A must read! powerful message
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had Such An Impact This book broke my heart! I rarely ever cry from books but near the end I was just bawling! I loved this book so much. Some people think it's boring, and i do think that sometimes it tries to be too poetic and i don't really know what it means, but i feel like i got so much form this book. It feels like a gift that i was able to read it. I ended up having a crazy dream the night i finished this book and i wrote it all down. It basically mimicked the book thief, and i think that's crazy! Never have i had a book have such an impact on me. I would HIGHLY recommend! If you think it is a little boring at first just push through it's so worth it.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good. This book was well written and full of emotions. You won't regret reading it.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Beautiful I first read this book at age sixteen, its been a few years now and this is the one I always go back to. By far the best book I have ever read. The words are beautifully melodic, an absolutely wonderful book.
Date published: 2017-02-15

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

“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