The Book Thief

By Zusak, Markus

Publishers Summary:
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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ISBN
978-0-37583-100-3 978-0-37593-100-0
Publisher
Knopf


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2006

Gr 9-Up Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book -although she has not yet learn...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2006

Death itself narrates this deeply affecting tale of "a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery." It is 1939 when nine-year-old Liesel, on her way to a foster home in Molching, Germany, steals a book—the first she's ever owned—from a graveyard. From then through 1943, her life is chronicled in books stolen (from Nazi book burnings; from the mayor's wife), books given (by her foster parents, irascible Rosa and kindly Hans Hubermann; by Max Vandenburg, t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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