The Book Thief

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 552 pages
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A "New York Times" bestseller for seven years running that's soon to be a major motion picture, this Printz Honor book by the author of "I Am the Messenger" is an unforgettable tale about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking 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.
The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

"The Book Thief" is a Common Core Exemplar Text.


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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  - Petra - Goodreads

4.7/5 SPOILER FREE This book had me hooked up from the very first page. Maybe it was the fact that I have this thing about Germany in 20th century or the fact that it was about a girl who stole books ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

I wanted to love this book, but I had a hard time getting past the experimental writing style and death as the narrator. It took more than 2/3 of the book for me to feel really engaged in the story. I'm glad I finally made it through on my third try because the ending was quite lovely. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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.