The Book Thief

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Bodley Head, 2006 - Books and reading - 584 pages
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It is 1939. In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier - and will become busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library . . . wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times, and when Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, nothing will ever be the same again.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Now a major film from Twentieth-Century Fox starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

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An amazing, emotive story told in flawless prose. - LibraryThing
Hard to read at times... - LibraryThing
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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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

This book is among my favorite young adult books. There were so many lovable characters in this book, and so many beautiful moments. I finished this book last night, and I missed the characters all ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lena - Goodreads

It was a bit of a slow read for me, I didn't really enjoy the first 400 pages, they were emotionless and a bit boring, but I cried too much at the end to only give it 3 stars. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Australian author Markus Zusak grew up hearing stories about Nazi Germany, about the bombing of Munich and about Jews being marched through his mother's small, German town. He always knew it was a story he wanted to tell.

"We have these images of the straight-marching lines of boys and the 'Heil Hitlers' and this idea that everyone in Germany was in it together. But there still were rebellious children and people who didn't follow the rules and people who hid Jews and other people in their houses.

At the age of 30, Zusak has already asserted himself as one of today's most innovative and poetic novelists. With the publication ofThe Book Thief, he is now being dubbed a 'literary phenomenon' by Australian and U.S. critics. Zusak is the award-winning recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney with his wife and new baby.

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