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The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, 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.

Hardcover, 592 pages
ISBN-10: 037032921X
ISBN-13: 9780370329215
112 Book Reviews
  • hiabout 3 years
    This was good
    • misaalana
      misaalanaabout 3 years55 stars
      Best book EVER!!! Thrilling, heartbreaking, FANTASTIC!!
      • lightninggirl
        lightninggirlover 3 years55 stars
        Very well written! I recommend it for readers.
        • gabriana77
          gabriana77over 3 years55 stars
          I love this book, and the movie they are both so great!
          • georgiasilver
            georgiasilveralmost 4 years55 starsFeatured
            The Book Thief is an extremely well written book with elaborate figurative language and descriptive settings. I really enjoyed the metaphors and diction that made reading the book very colorful and unique; it seemed as if all the scenes were vividly painted through words. Taking place in Munich, Germany, the book leads the reader through the life of Liesel Meminger. The book illustrates the hard life that Liesel must live as her family's situation gets worse and worse. She has to battle her personal problems of constant nightmares that haunt her every night, as well as keeping their secret of a Jew living in the basement of their home. Terror and poverty is a constant through her every day life, and she has to endure it. But the book also shows the small joys in her life: how she connects with Max, her foster father's accordion, and Rudy, a loyal friend that is by her side all throughout the book, as well as the books and writing. This book really allows the reader to absorb what is happening, and read about the complexities of each character and their actions/consequences. This is a very powerful and extraordinary book that I recommend everyone to read.
            • epringles23
              epringles23over 4 years
              Sounds so good! Deffinitely on my list of books! Added to my wish list!
              • caramel22
                caramel22over 4 years55 stars
                This book is really sad but the type of narration is really interesting and it makes the story more exciting.
                • smartguy123
                  smartguy123over 4 years
                  Sounds attracting and interesting....
                  • carloscarrero
                    Mr. Carreroover 4 years44 stars
                    This book is amazing! I love reading it. It is so humane and it explains in simple vocabulary the horrors of the Holocaust. The fact that Death is considered one of the characters and narrator, gives the story a human side that I had not seen before.
                    • pretty_ugly12about 5 years
                      i love it