The Book Thief

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It's 1939 in Molching, Germany, and horror is everywhere. Nazi rule has divided the nation into those who are brutalized and those who are merely oppressed. Hunger, fear, and isolation reign. There are stories here, and who better to tell them than Death? Gathering souls, Death observes the many mysteries of human nature. How can people be cruel and kind, sad and joyful, bitter and beautiful, loving and inhumane...all at the same time? Death is especially struck by young Liesel Meminger, a nine-year old girl who faces loss, abandonment, and hopelessness. Yet Liesel finds refuge from her nightmares with her foster mother, who always seems to make the right decision, even in the face of so much wrong; with her foster father, who introduces her to the power of words and books; and with a secret friend, who teaches her how to overcome her fears through telling her own story.

Celebrating the way that books and stories unite people in the face of tragedy, this haunting, weighty, and transformative book is impossible to forget.


When the coughing stopped, there was nothing but the nothingness of life moving on with a shuffle, or a near-silent twitch. A suddenness found its way onto his lips then, which were a corroded brown c...

About the Author:

Markus Zusak is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of The Book Thief, I Am the Messenger, Fighting Ruben Wolf, and Getting the Girl. His newest, much-anticipated novel, Bridge of Clay, will release in October 2018. He lives in Sydney, Australia,…

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Loved It
coming of age novel

You'll probably end up in tears after reading this. There is beauty and kindness and wonder in a world that can also be harsh and nasty and foolish.

10/5/2022 6:23:35 PM
Liked It
death narrator, ww2

Fantastic novel written from Death's perspective about a little girl's encounters with death in Nazi-occupied Germany. Amazing read!

10/5/2022 3:26:06 AM
Loved It
coming of age

Easily among the best novels I've ever read. Fantastic story and exquisite writing. I was reduced to tears.

10/4/2022 6:52:30 AM
Loved It
historical fiction

Gorgeous, powerful, and painfully sad. Fantasy-infused historical fiction for young adults. Ingenious and one of a kind.

10/5/2022 12:27:02 AM

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