The Book Thief

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Bodley Head Children's, 2007 - Books and reading - 584 pages
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YA. War. It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is "The Gravedigger's Handbook", left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her foster father, learns to read. Soon, she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down. "The Book Thief" is a story about the power of words and the ability of books to feed the soul. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author, Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

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An amazing, emotive story told in flawless prose. - LibraryThing
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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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Very emotional, engrossing. Had a tough start because not really a fan of this writing style, but it works for this book. WWII Germany was hard on everyone, but especially the good at heart. Read full review

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I loved this award-winning book. Zusak has an amazing talent for descriptive writing. I felt as if he literally painted a picture on each page. Liesel's hunger for literature drives her to steal books ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Australian author Markus Zusak was born in Sydney on June 23, 1975. He began writing at the age of 16, and seven years later his first book, The Underdog, was published. Zusak is best known for his award-winning young adult novels The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, both of which have been successful internationally and are Michael L. Printz Honor books.

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