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mizmeliss87, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by mizmeliss87)
I love Markus Zusak's writing style. He writes as his characters would think and talk. The book is written from the perspective of a 19 year old Australian boy who is trying to figure out his place in the world. He is a flawed character who makes mistakes, takes forever to act, and can retreat far into himself. His flaws make him human and his struggles make the reader think. This book challenges readers to think beyond a good story and to ask the tough ethical questions of the grey areas in life. As Ed Kennedy struggles to answer the questions of "who am I?" and "What the hell am I doing with my life?" the reader in turn asks the same questions. Ed is challenged in the story but at the same time, he challenges readers as well.
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hbrophy, January 15, 2011 (view all comments by hbrophy)
I couldn't put this down...I love Markus Zusak's voice...after all, in some small way we are all messengers...
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pixie cat, April 8, 2008 (view all comments by pixie cat)
A remarkable story and amazingly addictive. Really tells you that sometimes the smallest acts of love can really change another person’s world. For the better.
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queen_normajeane, March 10, 2008 (view all comments by queen_normajeane)
This book is one of the best books I've ever read. It's powerful, funny, and deep all at once. "You don't complain when I give you a lift to work, Ed, you miserable upstart." "What the hell's an upstart?"

Thumbs up to Zusak. I fell in love with his writing!
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Larry Robinson, January 30, 2008 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
Zusak has quickly become one of my favorite young adult authors. Enjoyable for adults, but great for kids 14 and up.
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Zusak, Markus
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
General Juvenile Fiction
Children s Middle Readers-General
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Historical - Holocaust
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Trade paper
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from 7
8.00x5.25x.76 in. .60 lbs.
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Product details 576 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375836671 Reviews:
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I've got to hand it to Australian author Markus Zusak: this book single-handedly made me want to be a better person. As a lifelong reader, I feel a book like this, one that can really change people, comes around so rarely that Zusak must be recognized as the innovative and fascinating author he is.

"Review" by , "Zusak's characters, styling, and conversations are believably unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw. Together, these key elements fuse into an enigmatically dark, almost film-noir atmosphere..."
"Review" by , "...Zusak succeeds brilliantly."
"Review" by , "Funny, engrossing, and suspenseful."
"Review" by , "A touching and intriguing exploration of the need to live one's life significantly, to value the richness knowing one another brings along with its terrible vulnerability."
"Review" by , "[A] wild ride of a novel..."
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