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ISBN13: 9780385754729
ISBN10: 0385754728
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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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Review:

"The Book Thief is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader's mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night. It seems poised to become a classic." USA Today

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"Zusak doesn't sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five: with grim, darkly consoling humor.” Time Magazine

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"Elegant, philosophical and moving....Beautiful and important." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

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"This hefty volume is an achievement...a challenging book in both length and subject..." Publisher's Weekly, Starred

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"One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years." The Wall Street Journal

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"Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak's poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour de force to be not just read but inhabited." The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

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"An extraordinary narrative." School Library Journal, Starred

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"The Book Thief will be appreciated for Mr. Zusak's audacity, also on display in his earlier I Am the Messenger. It will be widely read and admired because it tells a story in which books become treasures. And because there's no arguing with a sentiment like that." New York Times

Synopsis:

Its 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.

About the Author

Markus Zusak is the author of I Am the Messenger, a Printz Honor Book and Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist, and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which has been translated into over thirty languages and has sold nine million copies around the world. He is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens and lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.

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amethystlindell, July 8, 2015 (view all comments by amethystlindell)
This book is a beautiful piece of art.Markus Zusak should write poetry,the way this book was written was a delight to read.Every book lover should take time to read this and when you finish,watch the movie which is also good.The plot is sad,yet shows the beauty of life. l My only slight problem with this story is that the writing,although beautifully described,was rather distracting and I found it hard to actually concentrate on the story.
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zakniederer, November 21, 2014 (view all comments by zakniederer)
Book Review:
Let me start off by saying how intrigued I was by this book. I'm a person who is so fascinated by anything and everything related to the Holocaust. Whether it be literature or film, I love learning about the events, both good and bad that surrounded this time period and everything that went on during the middle years to this time frame.
Set in Germany in the years 1939-1943, The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger, narrated by an unknown person identified as Death. Both characters are book thieves. Liesel steals randomly at first, and later more methodically however, she is never greedy. Death pockets Liesel's notebook after she leaves it, forgotten in her grief, amongst the destruction that was once her street, her home, and carries it with him.
Many things save this book from being all-out depressing though. It's never gloomy, for a start. A lively humor is seen through pages, and the richness of the descriptions of the characters' hearts cannot fail to lift you up. Also, it's great to read such a balanced story, where ordinary Germans - even those who are blond and blue-eyed - are as much at risk of losing their lives, of being persecuted, as the Jews themselves.
I also really liked the way Zusak wrote this book. He used a lot of very good imagery that made the book seem easier to read. A good example of this strong imagery was a quote that says “As he looked uncomfortably at the human shape before him, the young mans voice was scraped out and handed across the dark like it was all that remained of him” (187). To me, this is one of the strongest uses of imagery in the whole novel. The way he describes the interaction between these two men creates a strong visual image that this man is very alienated and differentiated.
Writing like this is not something just anyone can do: it's true art. Only a writer of Zusak's talent could make this story work, and could get away with such a proliferation of adjectives and adverbs, to write in such a way as to revitalise the language and use words to paint emotion and a vivid visual landscape in a way you'd never before encountered. This is a book about the power of words and language, and it is fitting that it is written in just such this way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385754729
Author:
Zusak, Markus
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Holocaust
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.51 x 1.21 in 1.1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 576 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780385754729 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Book Thief is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader's mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night. It seems poised to become a classic."
"Review" by , "Zusak doesn't sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five: with grim, darkly consoling humor.”
"Review" by , "Elegant, philosophical and moving....Beautiful and important."
"Review" by , "This hefty volume is an achievement...a challenging book in both length and subject..."
"Review" by , "One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years."
"Review" by , "Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak's poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour de force to be not just read but inhabited."
"Review" by , "An extraordinary narrative."
"Review" by , "The Book Thief will be appreciated for Mr. Zusak's audacity, also on display in his earlier I Am the Messenger. It will be widely read and admired because it tells a story in which books become treasures. And because there's no arguing with a sentiment like that."
"Synopsis" by , Its 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.

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