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ISBN13: 9780375831003
ISBN10: 0375831002
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Lindsay Waite, August 18, 2013 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
I finished this book too quickly. I couldn't put it down. While yes, I read a lot of historical fiction as well as nonfiction about WW II, "The Book Thief" is a unique look at the horror of that war from the perspective of a young German girl, her foster family, Max, whom they sheltered as long as they could, and others in a small German town near Munich. And, of course, from the view of the narrator, Death. Uniquely told, this story draws the reader into the life of a clever frightened girl and her gradual awakening to the reality surrounding her that eventually intrudes directly in her life. Don't miss the chance to delve into Liesel's world, her love of language, and her attempts to make sense of the terrible times even as she finds moments of joy.
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Millicent, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Millicent)
Loved this book <3
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Kathryn Simmons, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Kathryn Simmons)
I loved this book so much I bought it for my granddaughter. It is incredibly moving, funny, serious and real.
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Allisobro, January 19, 2013 (view all comments by Allisobro)
I was suspicious about reading The Book Thief at first. The narrator is an unlikely choice and the beginning of the book seemed to give away the ending. I kept reading though, and was soooo glad I did. Every once in a while a book brings tears to my eyes, and this is one of them. Zusak wrote about a topic so many authors have written about already, you wonder if there's really any new and interesting ways to approach it, but he found a way completely untried before. A warning though: if you like stories with happy endings, this is probably not your book. But if you like heart-felt tales with real emotions, you'll love The Book Thief.
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Raisa, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by Raisa)
This book is one of my favorite books of not only 2012, but of my life. I sat down to read this novel without knowing what it was about or for what age range was it written for. Well, having no idea what this book was about was one of the bets things I could have done. I read this novel word by word with the most beautiful sense that death is not something dark and evil. I actually saw death differently after I read this novel. I cried when I read this novel, but for me they were tears of happiness.
The novel is beautifully written and it is an easy, enjoyable read.
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Zusak, Markus
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Marcus Zusak
Karp, Jesse
Historical - Military & Wars
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - History
Historical - Holocaust
Children s-Historical Fiction-Military and War
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Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
March 14, 2006
Grade Level:
from 7
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.98 lb
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Product details 560 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375831003 Reviews:
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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..." Take your time reading this beautifully written book with an innovative approach to storytelling. Narrated by Death and set in World War II Germany, the story revolves around young Liesel Meminger and her foster family as the war creeps up around them. Simply put, this is a masterpiece.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This hefty volume is an achievement — a challenging book in both length and subject, and best suited to sophisticated older readers. The narrator is Death himself, a companionable if sarcastic fellow, who travels the globe 'handing souls to the conveyor belt of eternity.' Death keeps plenty busy during the course of this WWII tale, even though Zusak (I Am the Messenger) works in miniature, focusing on the lives of ordinary Germans in a small town outside Munich. Liesel Meminger, the book thief, is nine when she pockets The Gravedigger's Handbook, found in a snowy cemetery after her little brother's funeral. Liesel's father — a 'Kommunist' — is already missing when her mother hands her into the care of the Hubermanns. Rosa Hubermann has a sharp tongue, but Hans has eyes 'made of kindness.' He helps Liesel overcome her nightmares by teaching her to read late at night. Hans is haunted himself, by the Jewish soldier who saved his life during WWI. His promise to repay that debt comes due when the man's son, Max, shows up on his doorstep. This 'small story,' as Death calls it, threads together gem-like scenes of the fates of families in this tight community, and is punctuated by Max's affecting, primitive artwork rendered on painted-over pages from Mein Kampf. Death also directly addresses readers in frequent asides; Zusak's playfulness with language leavens the horror and makes the theme even more resonant — words can save your life. As a storyteller, Death has a bad habit of forecasting ('I'm spoiling the ending,' he admits halfway through his tale). It's a measure of how successfully Zusak has humanized these characters that even though we know they are doomed, it's no less devastating when Death finally reaches them. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The writing is elegant, philosophical and moving. Even at its length, it's a work to read slowly and savor. Beautiful and important."
"Review" by , "Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward....An extraordinary narrative."
"Review" by , "The Book Thief will be appreciated for Mr. Zusak's audacity....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."
"Review" by , "[A] lengthy, powerful story....There's too much commentary at the outset, and too much switching from past to present time, but...the astonishing characters, drawn without sentimentality, will grab readers."
"Review" by , "Exquisitely written and memorably populated....A tour de force to be not just read but inhabited."
"Review" by , "Zusak's writing is at times marred by some postmodern tricks...but, overall, his style is lyrical and moving....It's unlikely young readers will forget what this atrocity looked like through the eyes of Death."
"Review" by , "[S]trange, poetically descriptive, and, at times, ruthlessly bleak....[Liesel's] story is remarkable in that it's one of many equally tragic ones — and because it takes a special talent to find its moments of beauty among the rubble."
"Review" by , "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 , "One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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