The Book Thief

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Bodley Head, 2006 - Books and reading - 584 pages
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.
The Book Thief is a story about the power of words and the ability of books to feed the soul. 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.

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User Review  - SoulFlower1981 - LibraryThing

There are certain books that you have to get to the end of to fully appreciate and the Book Thief is one of those books. Sometimes when you start a book you have difficulty reading it and you want to ... Read full review

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User Review  - TerriS - LibraryThing

I listened to this book and enjoyed it very much! It is a tale of a young girl in Germany during WWII. She is being raised by foster parents. The foster father is, maybe, my favorite. He is so sweet ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including I Am the Messenger and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

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