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Includes a letter from the author, pages from his notebook, handwritten notes from the manuscript, original sketches, and a special gold foil jacket.

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Overview

Exclusive Barnes & Noble Edition of The Book Thief

Includes a letter from the author, pages from his notebook, handwritten notes from the manuscript, original sketches, and a special gold foil jacket.

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385755566
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 10,194
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.82 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    I truely thought this was an unbelievably beautiful book. I neve

    I truely thought this was an unbelievably beautiful book. I never felt so close to fictional characters even though they were in a totally different world than mine. It's one of those books that just makes you look at life a little differently. It also made me start to think that books and words are more of a gift than they're anything else. I really recommend this book to middle schoolers (Like me) and hope everyone goes and sees the movie adaptation coming out this Friday, November 8th.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    I have always kept this book close to my heart and my mind sinc

    I have always kept this book close to my heart and my mind since I read it 4 or 5 years ago and I am so excited to see they are making a movie from the story. I saw the preview of the movie and can't wait. What a tremendous story of resolve and trying to find safety and love amidst Nazi Germany....Recommend it for everyone and will reread it again and again. Thank You

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Heartwarming, Heartbreaking, and Eyeopening - A must read!

    Seriously, The Book Thief is a book that everyone should read at least once in their life time. I don't care if it's not your genera or whatever, this book is life changing. It turns me into a sobbing mess every time I read it. But, don't get me wrong, it's not corny or cheesy, it's just amazingly beautiful. It's funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and eyeopening. And this new Collector's Edition is beautiful! I've already told all my friends to read this book, and I forced my mom to read it, and she's already passed my paperback copy on to a few of her co-workers. This book needs to be read by everyone. It's absolutely wonderful in a way that makes you hate it and love it all at the same time. The characters are flawless, and you'll fall in love with all of them, I promise you, and you'll want to hold them close to your heart and want to never let them go. Some of my absolute favorite literary characters live inside the pages of The Book Thief. And I know that that will never change. Seriously, just go read this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    This is a wonderful book. Beautiful and heartbreaking I read it

    This is a wonderful book. Beautiful and heartbreaking I read it from cover to cover barely putting it down. I will see the movie when its available but nothing beats the book. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Worth The Time!

    The best book I've read in a very long time. The author is creative, and yet offers some insights into what life was like during Nazi Germany. A story worth the time to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    A little Ann Frank , a little Fahrenheit 451

    The Book Thief is the best of young adult fiction because it mixes prior knowledge of history and literature with a twist. As a result even adults can relate and then discuss elements with their children maybe even moving the young reader toward the Diary of Ann Frank or Fahrenheit 451. I like to read books with a purpose beyond laughter or horror or romance and even though the Book Thief has all these elements, it is ultimately a book of survival and hope.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    A Must Read

    This was one of the best books I have ever read. I can not wait for my daughter to finish it so I can read it again! A definite plus to my book shelf. Thank you Marks Zusak for giving us different view of WW11.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    WORTH READING!! I loved this book. it made me feel lots of diffe

    WORTH READING!! I loved this book. it made me feel lots of different things. just wonderfull. i loved the good-nature in people in all circumstances.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    One of the few books I have never finished. I tried. Over, and

    One of the few books I have never finished. I tried. Over, and over, and over again. I began the book because I kept seeing it on myriad "must read" lists. My only question is, "Why?" It was vague,disjointed, and narrated poorly by Death. I wanted to hand Death the book and have him take it away. I even picked the book up the other day and thought, "Maybe one more time". Ugh. One more time I put it down.

    I read a LOT of WWII literature, both non-fiction as well as fiction, and this book does not favorably compare to ANY of the other WWII books I have read, regardless of the reading level or targeted age group. I recommend Snow Treasure and Number the Stars, both very well written. I also recommend many of the books authored by WWII combatants/POWs, such as The Forgotten 500; The Flame Keepers: Escape From Colditz. Those books are REAL. They are true stories told by men who were THERE, and who also know how to actually tell a story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Part of our summer reading program at school - The favorite of all our new reads

    A novel for all ages, adult and young adult.
    We read this novel in our college summer reading program, and it was an instant favorite of many of our students.

    There's lots of ways of looking at the horror of WW2, but Zusak's inventive approach was a thrill to read. I tough novel for sure in many of its sections, especially near the end, but if you want to understand the miracle of what we call "children," then you have to push through it. I must admit, it stopped me a couple of times.

    The narrator, I believe, is a must in how Zusak used him to bring some relief to the very tough main story. I think this is the heart of the novel - how can you present this wonderful story without beating down your reader with the sights and sounds of this time period?

    A true classic and deserving of its New York Times best seller list. A recommended novel for our Children's Literature class.
    Arabesque

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    I thought a book couldn't get this good , ever. The Book Thief

    I thought a book couldn't get this good , ever. The Book Thief takes place during the holocaust in Germany. You feel so close to the characters . You learn to love Max Vandenberg. To get used to mama and eventually love every character .

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ!!!

    THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    My better half gives it a 4 but I think a 5 for this classic.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    Loved this book and the movie adaptation was very well done.

    Loved this book and the movie adaptation was very well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    This book is life changing. Chances are that you heard of this b

    This book is life changing. Chances are that you heard of this book and you already think of it as a text book type of a book. However, it's anything but a textbook. Markus Zusak is an incredibly gifted writer. He's one of those writers who have the capability of creating, not just a story, but a world. When you read this book you feel an enormous amount of empathy towards all the characters. When they're happy, you're happy. When they're sad, you're sad. Not only that, but this "death", the narrator, doesn't sugarcoat anything. Even though it's setting is during a heartbreaking period, it's story is straight up and truthful. Also, Markus Zusak incorporates humor into the story, giving it a happier, or as happy as it can get, more lighthearted feel. This has become one of my favorite books. It teaches you the importance of living in the moment and the value of books and words. Of course, there are so many other lessons in it :) And even though it's a longer book, it's a very quick read. I don't even read a lot of historical fiction, but I couldn't stop reading. Please consider reading this book, I promise you won't be disappointed. It's a timeless book and even if you're ninety or if you ten, you will love this book. Thanks for reading my review, I know it's super long. 

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

    Such a beautiful book! One that stays with you and you find your

    Such a beautiful book! One that stays with you and you find yourself thinking about the story and characters throughout your day. A must read !

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    good book

    good book

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    It is difficult to think of anything I could add to the previous

    It is difficult to think of anything I could add to the previous reviews of this book. I agree that it is one of the warmest, most beautiful books I have ever read I want to hold on to it forever, just to have it and touch it over and over again.

    After reading the paperback edition I forwarded it to a friend and purchased the hard back 'exclusive' edition. That I was very disappointed with. It is not what was advertised. It does NOT have a gold embossed cover and the 'original' notes and drawings are actually printed, bound copies not original notes from the author. So to me it is no more 'exclusive' than the paperback edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Amazing book! Markcus Zusak knows how to combine words to create

    Amazing book! Markcus Zusak knows how to combine words to create an exeptional story! 

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

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    One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. So terribly s

    One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. So terribly sad, yet so heartwarming and beautiful at the same time. I could read this again and again. Do yourself a favor and read this. Now.

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