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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An amazing, emotive story told in flawless prose. - LibraryThing
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Emotional, educational and just overall good read. - LibraryThing
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. The story as a whole is great. It was a bit slow at the beginning for me but a couple chapters in and I was hooked. Liesel, Papa, Rudy and even ... Read full review

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Just finished the book. I don't know how to describe it. It was cold yet so warm and touching. I love it. Loved every thing about this book the story, characters and even the end i loved it. Markus Zusak well done. Read full review

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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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