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.
©2006 Markus Zusak; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"The astonishing characters, drawn without sentimentality, will grab readers." (Booklist)
"Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers....An extraordinary narrative." (School Library Journal)
"The Book Thief will appeal both to sophisticated teens and adults with its engaging characters and heartbreaking story." (Bookmarks Magazine)
The story gives you a close up view into the affects of the Nazi regime, the Holocaust, and war on children and families. The story is sad, but even more so, it is about how love, resiliency, and kindness make all the difference in people's lives.
It is a must read.
The relationship between Liesel and Max and between Liesel and "papa". So lovely.
The personal story behind the horrors of war, hate, and evil. That goodness triumphs over evil. The
No. I like reflecting on the stories within the story. It is like eating something delicious. You want to eat slowly to savor and enjoy each bite.
when Liesel saw max in the in the line of jews going to the labor camp
I loved this story. Not sure why this is considered Young Adult, I wouldn't put it into that category.
Beautifully written and narrated It was refreshing to get the German view point of the war, as It seems I have been living in WWII England in my last few books and movies. I have been calling my cats all the German swear words for days now, they just roll off the tongue!
I highly recommend this book.
This book is fantastic and the audio version is perfect. You will be in love with the characters by the end, and even the narrator. You will be very pleased in your choice!
Death describing colors.
I could read this book again and again and still hear something new I've never read anything like it, one of the best books ever
such warm and loving voice
this book made me both Laugh and Cry
This is one of my favorites
The way the narrator describes the scenes, I really feel like visualizing them, I haven't see the movie, I don't think it is necessary any more.
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You need to know this book is all about World War II. It has amazing moments of human resilience, but is none-the-less depressing. Beware that you cannot tread lightly and be entertained while you work with your hands and eyes all day, as I do. It is HEAVY.
not sure, really
the book thief
Goodness can overcome evil!
I want to learn more about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
Yes, he does so through the deep emotional feelings of the characters.
Touched me deeply.
This story was amazing. It really brought you into her world & you felt like you were there with her. Allen did an amazing job conveying the story. Definitely a pages turner.
Heartbreaking, but beautiful.
The perspective of this book is unlike any I have read about war-torn Germany.
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