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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Stephanie says: I liked this book because it is thought-provoking and gives us an insight on what it as like to live in Germany during the Holocaust if one was not Jewish. It also was written with a unique and interesting point of view, as the narrator was the author's interpretation of Death. 

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i love it

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Best book ever written, has no competition

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Have you ever pondered what it was like growing up during the Holocaust ? The Book Thief is a life changing story because of Liesel Meminger's destitution, desolation and passion for books.To begin with, Liesel Meminger and her brother were forced to take up residence with foster parents because their parents didn’t have enough money to take care of them. On the train ride to meet with their foster parents, there was a death from a severe illness. Liesel’s brother didn’t make it to their final destination. Liesel’s loneliness would be comforted and subdued by her fondness of books. One day after a Nazi book burning, she stumbled upon a pile of ashes that had a slightly charred book. She was contemplating whether to take the book or not. She knew if she was caught taking the book, it would be considered stealing. Liesel’s passion and love of books far surpassed the fear of being caught stealing. Given these points, that is how Liesel got the name “ The Book Thief”. In the Book Thief you learn to never give up and to always find a way through the obstacles you are facing. This is Kaylee from the Jar of Creativity. 

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The book thief is an amazing literary masterpiece! It is insightful and dark, and it doesn't sugar coat anything about the Nazis or Hitler. This book has an enjoyable dark sense of humor, which is hard to find these days. The characters are insightful and the story is beautifully written. This book is of equivalence to the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Kurt Vonnegut 

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I have read this book twice, and I would gladly read it again. Mark Zusak's imagery and style is simply beautiful. I have always enjoyed reading historical fiction novels, particularly those set during WWII. The Book Thief does a fantastic job of telling the story of the Holocaust from a unique perspective- death. This book is one that I would recommend to both teens and adults. 

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