The Book Thief

Editorial Review - - Brian Farrey

"A human doesn't have a heart like mine. The human heart is a line, whereas my own is a circle, and I have the endless ability to be in the right place at the right time. The consequence of this is that I'm always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both." So muses the narrator of Markus Zusak's powerful and moving ... Read full review


Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

When Death tells a story, you pay attention. Liesel Meminger is a young girl growing up outside of Munich in Nazi Germany, and Death tells her story as "an attempt—a flying jump of an attempt—to prove to me that you, and your human existence, are worth it." When her foster father helps her learn to read and she discovers the power of words, Liesel begins stealing books from Nazi book burnings ... Read full review

Review: The Book Thief Audiobook

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It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fistfighter, 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 ... Read full review

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This book is great its something to read over and over again

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In the story The Book Thief, The main character of the story is 9 year old Liesel Meminger who is suffering from the death of her brother, and loss of her mother who has to leave her with a foster family because she cannot afford to look after her any longer. The story takes place during the reign of Hitler in Nazi Germany. I felt the historical accuracy was pretty great and it touched so many elements of what happened. The main plot is that Hitler orders the destroying of all Jewish books and there are constant book burnings in the centers of towns. At the beginning of the story, Liesel does not know how to read. She has a book that she took from her brothers funeral and her foster father starts teaching her how to read with that book. Reading opens a new world for her and she sees how powerful words and reading can be. During these book burnings as showed in the picture, she steals books and hides them for her to read. She later reads them to her neighbors and shares stories with a Jew her family is hiding in their basement. They both share a love for books and this is what brings them together. 

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Narrated by death himself, this story is set in Germany during World War II. Death follows a young girl Liesel that seems to fascinate him throughout her life. Due to the period this book is very dark, and can be disturbing. This young adult read would be best for 8th grade and up.

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Death itself tells the riveting and heartbreaking story of, the book's main character, Liesel Meminger. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a very interesting and intriguing book with a different
perspective than any other book I’ve read in the past.The book is set in Nazi Germany during WWI when discrimination against Jewish culture was at it’s highest. Liesel Meminger had been recently adopted when her new foster family decided to hide a Jew in their basement. Liesel’s foster father is known for not being a member of the Nazi Party, which makes life for Liesel and her new family fairly dangerous. On top of the obvious danger of the situation Liesel Meminger has a secret that only her foster father knows about, she is a book thief. During the war Nazi Party members are burning books at the commands of ,German leader, Hitler. Unfortunately Liesel wants to learn how to read and is learning to read out of books she is stealing. She is taking lost and forgotten books and keeping them for herself, one of the books she stole was right out of a pile of book Nazi Party members were burning. Like most German children in WWII Liesel doesn’t realize what the war is really about and she doesn’t realize that her little secret may cause big problems for her foster family. I usually shy away from larger books because of the fear I won’t get around to finishing them but I don’t think I have ever read 550 pages faster than I did with this book because I had no idea what was going to happen to Liesel and her family next. Nazi Germany books are common but never have I read one from the perspective of Death telling the story of a German family hiding a Jew to save his life.  

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I love this book amazing i have the whole book at my school and we are reading it.

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Liesel + Death = Life

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