The Book Thief
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The Book Thief

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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.

Title:The Book Thief
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0375831002
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:552 pages

    The Book Thief Reviews

  • Sophia.
    Aug 09, 2012

    THE BOOK THIEF: A Summary. Liesel: Hi, I'm Liesel. I have no personality, but I'm a cute little girl. Death: Her name is not Liesel. Her name is THE BOOK THIEF and I shall name her that for the rest o...

  • La Petite Amricaine
    Jul 24, 2008

    UPDATE: AUG 26, 2016: This review has been here 8 years, has 18 pages of 854 comments and 764 likes. There's no outrage for you to add in the comments section that hasn't already been addressed.If you...

  • Colleen
    Aug 18, 2007

    I put off reading this book for the library book club. Here are my three reasons for doing so:1) It's a Young Adult Book. I am an Adult. It can't be that good if it's written for young people.2) It's ...

  • Tamara
    Jul 07, 2007

    I give this 5 stars, BUT there is a disclaimer: If you want a fast read, this book is not for you. If you only like happy endings this book is not for you. If you don't like experimental fiction, this...

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Feb 21, 2016

    Video review can be found here: https://youtu.be/rzEHcw769xgIt's going to take awhile for this book to fully sink in, but overall this was a masterpiece. ...

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Dec 25, 2007

    This is a book to treasure, a new classic. I absolutely loved it.Set in Germany in the years 1939-1943, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, narrated by Death who has in his possession the book s...

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    Aug 11, 2011

    “When death captures me,” the boy vowed, “he will feel my fist on his face.”Personally, I quite like that. Such stupid gallantry.Yes.I like that a lot.A few days ago, when I was starting The B...

  • Kat Kennedy
    Jun 03, 2010

    Just to clarify: Yes, I did cry.I've read a lot of positive and negative reviews for this book. I can see why people wouldn't like it - I really can. Perhaps because I took a lot out of it personally,...

  • Nataliya
    Mar 15, 2011

    Wow. Words cannot describe how much I loved this book, what impact it had on me. But, like Liesel, words is all I have, so I will have to try.This is a lyrical, poignant, heartbreaking, soul-shatterin...

  • Emily May
    Feb 10, 2011

    I hate it when this happens, I truly do. It makes me feel wrong inside when everyone else loves a book that I find to be underwhelming... I mean, what's wrong with me?? Did I not get it?? Obviously it...

About Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief , which is translated into more than forty languages. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there to this day.His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry (al