The Book Thief

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Paw Prints, Jan 12, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 552 pages
1486 Reviews
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 thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel 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 before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


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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 spectacular. - Borders
The writing is poetic and moving. - Goodreads
Again, great writing style (in my opinion). - Goodreads

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User Review  - MCHBurke - LibraryThing

I first read this in 2010, and suggested it to relatives for our first Family Book Club read. As my birthday gift, my honey is reading it to me at bedtime, so we get to enjoy it together. Read full review

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User Review  - AdrienneJS - LibraryThing

I really liked this book -- it was very well written, and it shows positive ways the characters overcame very difficult challenges. I can see why some people consider this book to be a classic. The ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Markus Zusak is the author of I Am the Messenger, winner of the Children's Book Council Book of the Year in Australia, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Getting the Girl. The author lives in Sydney, Australia.


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