Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking 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.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is an amazing story on so many levels. The characters are emotionally compelling, the storyline beautiful and brutal. Zusak, creative and original in the writing and presentation of this beauty. With “death” as the narrator you know you’re in for an emotional roller coaster ride. A beautiful story for all addressing courage, death, fighting for beliefs and separation after death as well as the power of words. Have your Kleenex box near by, you’ll need it.
If you aren’t a fan of wartime plots, specifically dealing with Nazi Germany. Prefer not to shed tears. don’t like being pulled into a story emotionally than The Book Thief might not be a selection for you.
Published March 14th 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers