The Book Thief

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Paw Prints, Jan 12, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 552 pages
2368 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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An amazing, emotive story told in flawless prose. - LibraryThing
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Very creative writing. - LibraryThing
I cried at the ending. - LibraryThing
Emotional, educational and just overall good read. - LibraryThing
But the manipulative writing style spoiled it for me. - LibraryThing

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Amazon link Goodreads link I borrowed this book from the library a few weeks ago; and loved every bit of it! I found the book so fascinating and magical, and felt such a connection to the characters ... Read full review

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We all know that any book about Nazi Germany is going to be hard to read. The brutality, thought control,and sadness of the holocaust is just not easy or fun to read about. But there is love and light ... 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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