The Book Thief [NOOK Book]

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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. ...
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Overview

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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As one of our Discover readers said recently, "A good book is a good book," regardless of the audience for which it was written. In the spirit of that comment, we heartily recommend The Book Thief for readers of both the adult and teen persuasions.

Australian-born Markus Zusak grew up sitting at the kitchen table, glued to his chair, listening to his mother's tales of her childhood in Nazi Germany. Such tales would later serve as a springboard for his unusual novel about the power of words to both destroy and comfort. A daring work in the adventurous spirit of The Shadow of the Wind, this novel has a bizarre narrator: Death. Drawn into a tense and dangerous historical era, readers discover how Liesel Meminger first learns to read and is transformed into the "book thief," stealing books before they can be burned by the Nazis or confiscated from personal libraries. When her family decides to hide a Jew in the basement, Liesel holds out hope to him in the form of her two most precious commodities: words and stories. (Summer 2006 Selection)
Publishers Weekly
Corduner uses considerable zeal and a talent for accents to navigate Zusak's compelling, challenging novel set in Nazi Germany. Death serves as knowing narrator for the tale, which is framed much like a lengthy flashback. The storytelling aspects of this structure include asides to the listener, and lots of foreshadowing about what eventually happens to the various lead characters-appealing features for listeners. But Corduner seems to most enjoy embracing the heart of things here-the rather small and ordinary saga of 10-year-old Liesel Meminger, who has been given over to a foster family following her mother's branding as a "Kommunist" and the death of her younger brother. Under her foster parents' care, she learns how to read, how to keep terrifying secrets and how to hone her skills as a book thief, a practice that keeps her sane and feeds her newfound love of words. With quick vocal strokes, Corduner paints vivid, provocative portraits of Germans and Jews under unfathomable duress and the ripple effect such circumstances have on their lives. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal

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With Death as narrator, Markus Zusak's haunting novel (Knopf, 2003) follows Liesel Meminger, The Book Thief, through the fear-filled years of Nazi Germany. The story opens as the ten-year-old girl takes her first book shortly after her younger brother's death. Both children were en route to the foster home of Hans and Rosa Hubermann in a Munich suburb. Despite Rosa's sharp tongue and Hans's lack of work, their home is a loving refuge for the nightmare-ridden girl. It also becomes a hideout for Max, a young Jewish man whose father saved Hans's life. Liesel finds solace with her neighbor Rudy and her creative partnership with Max. Accompanied by Rudy, the girl copes by stealing food from farmers and books from the mayor's wife. There are also good moments as she learns to read and plays soccer, but Hans's ill-advised act of kindness to a Jewish prisoner forces Max to leave their safe house. The failing war effort and bombing by the Allies lead to more sacrifices, a local suicide and, eventually, to great losses. Reading books and writing down her experiences save Liesel, but this novel clearly depicts the devastating effects of war. Narrator Allan Corduner defines each character with perfect timing. He's deliberate as the voice of Death, softly strong as Liesel, and impatient, but not unkind, as Rosa. With richly evocative imagery and compelling characters, Zusak explores behind-the-lines life in World War II Germany, showing the day-to-day heroism of ordinary people. Relevant for class discussions on wars both past and present.
—Barbara WysockiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
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 and the mayor's wife's library. As she becomes a better reader, she becomes a writer, writing a book about her life in such a miserable time. Liesel's experiences move Death to say, "I am haunted by humans." How could the human race be "so ugly and so glorious" at the same time? This big, expansive novel is a leisurely working out of fate, of seemingly chance encounters and events that ultimately touch, like dominoes as they collide. The writing is elegant, philosophical and moving. Even at its length, it's a work to read slowly and savor. Beautiful and important. (Fiction. 12+)
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“Brilliant and hugely ambitious…Some will argue that a book so difficult and sad may not be appropriate for teenage readers…Adults will probably like it (this one did), but it’s a great young-adult novel…It’s the kind of book that can be life-changing, because without ever denying the essential amorality and randomness of the natural order, The Book Thief offers us a believable hard-won hope…The hope we see in Liesel is unassailable, the kind you can hang on to in the midst of poverty and war and violence. Young readers need such alternatives to ideological rigidity, and such explorations of how stories matter. And so, come to think of it, do adults.” -New York Times, May 14, 2006
"The Book Thief is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader's mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night. It seems poised to become a classic."
- USA Today
"Zusak doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five: with grim, darkly consoling humor.”
- Time Magazine
"Elegant, philosophical and moving...Beautiful and important."
- Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"This hefty volume is an achievement...a challenging book in both length and subject..."
- Publisher's Weekly, Starred
"One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years."
- The Wall Street Journal
"Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak's poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour de force to be not just read but inhabited."
- The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
"An extraordinary narrative."
- School Library Journal, Starred
"The Book Thief will be appreciated for Mr. Zusak's audacity, also on display in his earlier I Am the Messenger. It will be widely read and admired because it tells a story in which books become treasures. And because there's no arguing with a sentiment like that."
- New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307433848
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 325
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

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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DEATH AND CHOCOLATE

First the colors.
Then the humans.
That's usually how I see things.
Or at least, how I try.

***HERE IS A SMALL FACT  ***
You are going to die.

I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that's only the A's. Just don't ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me.

***Reaction to the  ***
AFOREMENTIONED fact
Does this worry you?
I urge you--don't be afraid.
I'm nothing if not fair.

--Of course, an introduction.
A beginning.
Where are my manners?
I could introduce myself properly, but it's not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A color will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away.
At that moment, you will be lying there (I rarely find people standing up). You will be caked in your own body. There might be a discovery; a scream will dribble down the air. The only sound I'll hear after that will be my own breathing, and the sound of the smell, of my footsteps.
The question is, what color will everything be at that moment when I come for you? What will the sky be saying?
Personally, I like a chocolate-colored sky. Dark, dark chocolate. People say it suits me. I do, however, try to enjoy every color I see--the whole spectrum. A billion or so flavors, none of them quite the same, and a sky to slowly suck on. It takes the edge off the stress. It helps me relax.

***A SMALL THEORY  ***
People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment.
A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors.
Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darknesses.
In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.

As I've been alluding to, my one saving grace is distraction. It keeps me sane. It helps me cope, considering the length of time I've been performing this job. The trouble is, who could ever replace me? Who could step in while I take a break in your stock-standard resort-style vacation destination, whether it be tropical or of the ski trip variety? The answer, of course, is nobody, which has prompted me to make a conscious, deliberate decision--to make distraction my vacation. Needless to say, I vacation in increments. In colors.
Still, it's possible that you might be asking, why does he even need a vacation? What does he need distraction from?
Which brings me to my next point.
It's the leftover humans.
The survivors.
They're the ones I can't stand to look at, although on many occasions I still fail. I deliberately seek out the colors to keep my mind off them, but now and then, I witness the ones who are left behind, crumbling among the jigsaw puzzle of realization, despair, and surprise. They have punctured hearts. They have beaten lungs.
Which in turn brings me to the subject I am telling you about tonight, or today, or whatever the hour and color. It's the story of one of those perpetual survivors--an expert at being left behind.
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

I saw the book thief three times.

BESIDE THE RAILWAY LINE

First up is something white. Of the blinding kind.
Some of you are most likely thinking that white is not really a color and all of that tired sort of nonsense. Well, I'm here to tell you that it is. White is without question a color, and personally, I don't think you want to argue with me.

***A REASSURING ANNOUNCEMENT  ***
Please, be calm, despite that previous threat.
I am all bluster--
I am not violent.
I am not malicious.
I am a result.
Yes, it was white.

It felt as though the whole globe was dressed in snow. Like it had pulled it on, the way you pull on a sweater. Next to the train line, footprints were sunken to their shins. Trees wore blankets of ice.
As you might expect, someone had died.

They couldn't just leave him on the ground. For now, it wasn't such a problem, but very soon, the track ahead would be cleared and the train would need to move on.
There were two guards.
There was one mother and her daughter.
One corpse.
The mother, the girl, and the corpse remained stubborn and silent.
"Well, what else do you want me to do?"
The guards were tall and short. The tall one always spoke first, though he was not in charge. He looked at the smaller, rounder one. The one with the juicy red face.
"Well," was the response, "we can't just leave them like this, can we?"
The tall one was losing patience. "Why not?"
And the smaller one damn near exploded. He looked up at the tall one's chin and cried, "Spinnst du! Are you stupid?!" The abhorrence on his cheeks was growing thicker by the moment. His skin widened. "Come on," he said, traipsing over the snow. "We'll carry all three of them back on if we have to. We'll notify the next stop."
As for me, I had already made the most elementary of mistakes. I can't explain to you the severity of my self-disappointment. Originally, I'd done everything right:
I studied the blinding, white-snow sky who stood at the window of the moving train. I practically inhaled it, but still, I wavered. I buckled--I became interested. In the girl. Curiosity got the better of me, and I resigned myself to stay as long as my schedule allowed, and I watched.
Twenty-three minutes later, when the train was stopped, I climbed out with them.
A small soul was in my arms.
I stood a little to the right.
The dynamic train guard duo made their way back to the mother, the girl, and the small male corpse. I clearly remember that my breath was loud that day. I'm surprised the guards didn't notice me as they walked by. The world was sagging now, under the weight of all that snow.
Perhaps ten meters to my left, the pale, empty-stomached girl was standing, frost-stricken.
Her mouth jittered.
Her cold arms were folded.
Tears were frozen to the book thief's face.

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

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    Great Book! The Book Thief Steals Your Attention and Keeps It!

    This is probably one of the most unique books I've read in like¿forever! <BR/><BR/>The story is narrated by Death and centers around the events of Nazi Germany in the 1940's. <BR/><BR/>I rarely give a book five stars. In that same token, I try to steer away from recommending books that have a morose tone, but this is a true exception. As much as you hope for, long for, and pray for a happy event to occur, you need to keep reminding yourself that the story is being told by Death, so chances of that happening are slim-to-none. <BR/><BR/>The main character of the story, Liesel Meminger, captured my heart. I loved the way the author, Markus Zusak, developed Liesel's character throughout the story and by a slight-of-hand, he added a side kick to the story, Rudy, who out of no where comes be one of the favored characters of the story. Great technique Zusak!<BR/><BR/>The premise of the story is unique and captivating. The narrator, Death, is much like Liesel where he/she has a way with words. Both of them recognize words for what they really are¿they can be used to stimulate good or evil. Through the power of words, we see how Hitler was able to control a country and persecute people.<BR/><BR/>Great book, awesome character development, insightful recount of Nazi Germany, and a life-long lesson¿what else can you ask for in a book?

    227 out of 250 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    Amazing! Deeply moving! Insightful!

    I was hooked right away by the unique narrator, Death, who provides a running commentary. Every character in this story was endearing and I fell in love with them, Liesel, Rudy, Hans, Max and Rosa. The story of Leisel, a small, young German girl who watches her brother die and her mother disappears, then lives with a foster family that barely manages to survive. In the process of scrounging for a living, Liesel begins stealing books in Nazi territory. She and her friend, Rudy discover the power and excitement that words and language provide. A book begins the story. Daily chores of survival, Liesel experiences her fragile childhood under oppressive and endless horrors of war. There is so much hopelessness, suffering and despair. She bonds quickly with her foster father and slowly with her strict foster mother. He helps her to trust and teaches her to read a souvenir she steals at her brother's funeral. This story is an inspiring display of how something as small as a book and reading can be the last life line in a young girls life. This beautifully written, complex book is a haunting revelation and once read will not be soon forgotten!

    112 out of 121 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Excellent Read!

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    91 out of 104 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2011

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    Not to miss!

    This one may go down as a classic. The way the story is told is so compelling, and it handles a topic that has done in so many ways before in a way that is fresh and young but will appeal to everyone. It is of course dark but I couldn't put it down. Loved it!

    72 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2010

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    Most Emotional Book About the Holocaust You'll Read and REREAD

    This book was very good, but a little confusing. It is best if you try to not take breaks inbetween, and reread it again to better comprehend the story. The beginning talks about the end, and i only realized once i looked again. The vocabulary was extremely high, but self-explanatory. The ending was so emotional that i cried 3 times!
    I SUGGEST THIS BOOK HIGHLY!!

    57 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Keeps you at the edge of your seat!

    Ok, I loved this book so much! At first, I thought it was going to be dull, but I was way off. Zusak's story is unforgettable, making you feel as if I really lived through the holocaust through the life of, not a jew, but a little German girl. Liesel and Rudy, along with the rest of the book's characters will warm your heart until the very end. Death is narrating the entire story through his point of view of the young book thief who changed her entire town's life, along with her own. This is truly one of my new favorite books for 2010! It just goes to show you, that when death tells a story, you just HAVE to listen!

    49 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

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    Death as Narrator

    "The Book Thief" is the story of Liesel a German girl living near Munich during World War II. It is also the story of an orphan, a boy, a Jew, a family, a street and a nation told from the detached but enormously intrigued perspective of Death itself. Poignant and sad, yet uplifting and joyful, this novel covers the full spectrum of human emotion. Liesel is precocious and likable as is Rudy, her neighbor and friend. Zusak gives a hauntingly accurate portrayal of life for both Germans and Jews under Hitler¿s regime. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time and would recommend to any reader ready to face the horrors, joys, trials and triumphs of one of history¿s most world changing events.

    31 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    The Most Confusing Book I Ever Read

    Not because I didn't understand what was going on-I got that just fine. A nine-year-old girl in Nazi Germany whose communist father was probably sent to one of the earliest concentration camps, who was given to another German family to be raised an "Aryan." Liesel Meminger then finds herself stealing books, partly as an act of rebellion to the dictator she hates, partly because the books-the words, really-provide her an escape from a desperate reality. The characters are well-written. The relationship between Liesel and Max, the Jew her family was hiding in their basement, their connection through shared experience, was real to me. But mostly, it makes a person see both points of view. It was heart-wrenching because even though I knew what was happening to the Jews at the very same time, things that the characters in the book were in essence facilitating, I couldn't help but feel sorry for them. I cried for them, even the most devoted Nazi woman, who lost two children to war. What could you do, in a situation like that? How could you protest, knowing the consequences for yourself, your family? You couldn't. Liesel's and her family's small acts of defiance were enough. It doesn't make the Holocaust okay, or make excuses for what went on. It just says, "Here it is. This is what happened. Take it or leave it." They were all human beings, every single one.

    29 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

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    Mark Zusak's novel 'The Book Thief' is the powerful tale of Liesel Meminger, a young German girl who must learn to deal with the hardships and realities living in Nazi Germany. Before coming to stay with a foster family in Molching, everything near and dear to Liesel Meminger is taken away from her. Liesel is robbed of a brother, and is given up by a mother who cannot afford to take care of her. To settle the score, Liesel steals books and earns the title of The Book Thief. The story is narrated by death, better known as the grim reaper, but Zusak does not play into the stereotypical ideas of how death thinks, sees, or feels. Zusak adds his own whimsical twists to the story by contradicting everything that people believe about the grim reaper. To begin with, Zusak does not outright introduce the narrator. Instead the reader must come to the realization of who their narrator is by themselves. The largest hint you are given as to who exactly the narrator is comes from the part where the narrator describes his 'job'. 'It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A color will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away.' An unexpected pleasure of the grim reaper is observing the colors of the sky at the time of each person's death. Each time that death claims another soul, the sky turns a different shade of blue, gray, or brown. The narrator does not enjoy dragging the souls out from the dead. The grim reaper uses the colors of the sky to distract him from the task at hand he is sorry for what he must do. One aspect of Zusak's personal writing style that I enjoyed, though I am certain many people would not, is that pieces of information are given away so as to let the reader know what happens at the end of each section or chapter. Some may consider this ruining the ending, but I believe it makes the reader all the more curious and eager to read quickly and discover how the 'ruined ending' comes about. ¿The Book Thief¿ was outside the type of book I would normally read, but it has become on of my favorite books and I highly recommend it.

    28 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2010

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    Lose yourself in this book

    My 14 yr old daughter is reading this book for a summer reading book list for school. She absolutely loves it. She found it very emotional at times but relates to the love of books the main character shows and how all of us book lovers use books from time to time to escape the harsh realities of life. She highly recommends it. My 11 year old son is reading an action adventure book called, Smitty's Cave Adventures.He loves it!! Great recommendation too!

    23 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    On a level of it's own

    Without really intending to, I tend to veer away from books about the Holocaust because quite frankly, they're depressing. Important material of course, but depressing.

    The Book Thief, however, is a gem the likes of which I have not seen for a very long time. In writing this novel, Markus Zusak did something extraordinary. Nearly everything about this novel has the stamp of original written all over it--from Death and his musings, to Rosa Hubermann's brutal affection, to Rudy's Jesse Owens run, to even the focus of the novel: books in the Holocaust. Certainly not the typical subject matter for a Holocaust book. Yet within all of these extraordinary things, Zusak never loses his reader in complexity nor loses the focus of the novel. He never forgets his audience, but doesn't belittle what he thinks his younger readers can handle. He does something only the best authors can do: writes a depth that old readers will pick up on and enjoy, but that will not hinder new readers.

    The Book Thief is a study in which we find that even some of the most covered subjects can become new in the right hands. It's literary worth cannot be overstated, but the reality of the harsh living conditions in the Holocaust which Zusak paints cannot either. If other authors are merely copying the great elements and styles of the masters like Shakespeare, than even the best of them is just a quartet doing a rendition of Beethoven. Zusak is creating his own symphony of sound to be emulated by generations to come.

    Bravo.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2009

    WOW.. AMAZING BOOK!!

    This book is a page turner! It took me four days to read only because I had to work Monday and Tuesday (finished it Tuesday night), it would have taken me less time if I didn't have to work! With that said, the writing and readability is easy to read and understand but the content of the book is very emotional - to the point, where I would find most "Young Adults" not mature enough to read a book like this.<BR/>The story is amazing and touching. This book would be re-read multiple of times. I have already recommended this book to some friends and family. And now, I am recommending this book to you. It is a must read. This book is a page turner and will tug at your heart's strings. And I promis you, you will love this book!

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    I am so confused. How are there 83 one-star reviews? What is wr

    I am so confused.
    How are there 83 one-star reviews? What is wrong with you people. This book is a creative, fascinating piece of historical fiction. I love Death's narration. The characters are memorable. The time period is both interesting and devastating. It's a coming-of-age story, it's a tragedy, it's a Holocaust book worth reading. I will be scanning book stores for other works by Markus Zusak :)

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

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    Best Book I've Read This Year!

    The Book Thief was SOOOO good. This is a book for those of us who value books. This story is very well written, with great characterization and some surprises. It is a very different story because the point of view is from "Death". Many things are inferred, so it is best to have some background of knowledge of WWII. No concentration camp horrors here, even though the setting is WWII Germany. The main characters are good Germans and a good Jew. Lesser characters are Nazis.

    A family takes in an illiterate little girl, the father teaches her to read, and she becomes a book thief. This is the story of their life and their small town during the war. The family also shelters a Jewish man who makes a huge impact on the book thief. The book thief little girl loses everything, but still has her words.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

    HATED THIS BOOK

    I bought this book based on the reviews. Big mistake! I am an avid reader and can usually find something interesting in just about any book, but this was just plain BAD. The writing was HORRIBLE and the story sadly missing.

    12 out of 89 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    amazing book

    My book club just read this book and we all thought it was amazing. I was surpised that it was considered young adult. The writing is quite unique and poetic and the story compelling. The characters were well developed. I dont want to give away too much about this story- just read it - you wont be dissapointed

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    I did not like this book at all! It was confusing and odd. The a

    I did not like this book at all! It was confusing and odd. The author is great at writing descriptively, just not the best at writing stories! It could have been WAY shorter. I feel that the author just added parts because he got bored. If some parts of the story weren't there, it would have been a fairly good book.

    10 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    I wanted this book to be great

    I really thought the idea of the book was brilliant, and that the narrator (death) was a brilliant idea, but this book was really slow moving and way too long. Maybe I missed the whole point, but it just took forever to get through it.

    10 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    A definite read!

    This moving novel, based in Nazi Germany, is uniquely written. I would highly recommend it for mature teens and for adults alike. Truly a remarkable, thought-provoking novel.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2008

    A very Good Book

    This book is great. Well written and just great. But it was a little tough to get into. It seems to drag on a little bit to much but besides that it's great!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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