The Book Thief

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Paw Prints, Jan 12, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 552 pages
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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 fist-fighter, 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 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.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


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An amazing, emotive story told in flawless prose. - LibraryThing
Hard to read at times... - LibraryThing
Very creative writing. - LibraryThing
I cried at the ending. - LibraryThing
Emotional, educational and just overall good read. - LibraryThing
I also thought the book was a little slow, pacing wise. - LibraryThing

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I had to give this book five stars. AMAZING. Now the first thing I should say is: Give the book its time, wait for it to develop. Don't read this book just to get through it, appreciate this story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily Marz - Goodreads

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was an amazing book! At first it was a little confusing on who the narrater was. Once I found out that an angel was the narrater it made total sense. This story is about ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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.


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