The Book Thief

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 567 pages
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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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Very vivid imagery & a very interesting writing style. - Goodreads
He likes to say insightful thing and spoil endings. - Goodreads
The illustrations added wonderfully to the narrative. - Goodreads
The writing is poetic and moving. - Goodreads
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The writer does an excellent job in telling this story. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Priya - Goodreads

I cannot begin to describe how this book made me feel and how it impacted on me. But I'm going to try. If you are considering reading this book, you have to! This book will give you a very different ... Read full review

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User Review  - MissOddball (Shadowraith's Apprentice) - Goodreads

This is one heck of a book. Beautiful, haunting, and heartbreaking. By far one of the best books ever written. I was literally like this at the end... :( I dont think I ever cried this hard at a book ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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 and lasting contribution to writing for teens and lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.


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