The Book Thief

Posted: July 14, 2013 in Reviews, Young Adult
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Author: Markus Zusak

Paperback, 576 pages

Published in 2007 by Alfred A. Knopf

Reader Category: Young Adult to Older

From the Publisher: 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.

My Review:  This story is written from Death’s point of view, so at first was a little bit hard for me to follow.  Once I kept reminding myself that this was the case, it was easier for me to get into the flow of the story.    Although a work of fiction, if you know anything about the history of World War II, it is not hard to imagine hundreds of actual tales like this one.  As if Liesel didn’t have enough worries (a harsh foster mother and her love of the stolen book), she is faced with harboring a Jewish man and all that it implies. The bravery and compassion in this book are at times overwhelming.  I can’t count the number of times that I cried.  Both tragic and beautiful, this book is one that I recommend to all of my friends.


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