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Mar 20,2014

The Book Thief

Author- Markus Zusak

Genre- Historical Fiction, young adult literature

Publisher- Picador

Publication Date- March 14th 2006

Age Group- 11+

Set in Germany during world war 2 The Book Thief tells the story of a young German girl named Liesel Meminger. The book is narrated by death, a man who does not wear a black cloak or carry a scythe, but looks just like us.

Liesel's younger brother dies in front of here nine year-old eyes, then at the funeral she steals her first book, "The Gravediggers Handbook" This was the first of many books she would come to own.

Liesel is taken into a family, were her accordion playing foster father teaches her how to read. This leads to more acts of thievery, first from nazi book burnings, then the mayors wife's library.

Along the way she becomes best friends with Rudy Steiner, the boy next door. Who has hair the colour of lemons.

Her whole world is suddenly turned upside-down when a Jewish fist fighter named Max Vandenburg turns up on their doorstep in the dead of night, hoping to find safety in a promise made many years ago. Liesel and Max form a friendship over words and small gifts, I think that their friendship is beautiful.

The Book Thief is a brilliant, breathtaking novel that tells a story from a different perspective, one of the massive list of reasons why I love this memorable book.



Mar 20,2014

Seriously one of the best books I have ever read. 

Mar 17,2014


 Author: Markus Zusak

Illustrator: Trudy White

Genre Novel- Historical Fiction

Publisher: Picador, Australia; Knopf, USA

Publication date: 2005 (Australia); 14vMarch 2006 (worldwide)

Age group: 10+

Follow the journey of Liesel Meminger, a 10 year old girl that has been abandoned by her mother since she couldn’t afford to look after her anymore. When she arrives on Himmel Street (Nazi Germany) she doesn’t know what to expect. Throughout the story she creates a tight bond between her papa and mama (Hans and Rosa Huberman). Liesel makes many friends on Himmel Street including her neighbour Rudy, who becomes her best friend. But when she hides a Jew in her basement everything turns upside down. The book thief is a fantastic book full of ups and downs, cry’s and laughs, intense and frightening moments, I would definitely recommend reading it. 

Mar 12,2014

The Book Thief

Back in 1939, Nazi Germany was holding their breath.  Liesel Miminger slowly starts to settle in with her foster parents, as she learns to read and write in there basement. But the country knows that death has never been busier, and will become busier still, but when Liesels family hide a Jewish fist fighter in there basement everyone is worried. This book made me cry and made me smile. The words are woven neatly together to form a heart-warming story I will be recommending for a very long time. It’s a book that reminds you of how lucky we are now and how less fortunate the people were back in those harsh times

Mar 07,2014

I'm going to join the long, long line of people who are shouting Markus Zusak's praises, even though I'm a latecomer to the brilliance of this book. I wish that I'd read The Book Thief earlier, and that I'd been able to reread it over and over again because this book was an absolute pleasure to read. (There will be plenty of rereading in the future, though).

It lived up to and exceeded all my expectations, which, given all the love for this book, were high, and it left me feeling as though I had read something that would stay with me for a very long time. It gave me shivers and made me cry, but it was absolutely a beautiful read.

I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Jun 21,2013
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How does Markus Zusak do it? He is an abolutely brillian author and has produced some truly brilliant pieces, with The Book Thief being no exception. 

This book, written from Death's perspective, is a story of hope and friendship and what it is like to keep a Jewish fist-fighter in your basement in the middle of the second world war. 

The story begins with Liesel's younger brother dying as she watched. As he was buried, Liesel noticed a book in the ground, and she picked it up and took it with her as she went to live with a foster family. Her new foster parents: the man with silver eyes and the woman who looked like a wardrobe and knew quite a lot of, uhh, questionable language. As Liesel settles in to life, her new foster father, Hans Hubermann, teaches her how to read whenever she wakes in the night, and she beats the previously unbeatable Rudy Steiner in soccer, and promptly becomes his best friend.

There is more, but you will have to read it to get the rest. Good luck with not crying.

Apr 15,2013

An amazing author and an amazing book. Love it to bits 

Jan 25,2013

I love and hated this book for many reasons. First, you have no choice but to fall in love with the characters and what they feel, you feel there's no doubt about it. You follow Liesel and get to know her and her foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann but you also see the struggle they have to go through and the perils they face. I cried when this book ended and I laughed at the good-nature of the characters and even Death himself. This book will stay with me forever and I loved every minute until the end.

Dec 17,2012

This is a book about the Holocaust and told the German side of the story and how war affected their family and I fell in love with Hans Hubermann and wanted him as my own father and Liesel because she was beautiful and had a great passion for reading and I fell in love with Rudy, oh beautiful, beautiful Rudy. I fell in love the Jewish fist-fighter Max Vandenburg and even Rosa Hubermann and her foul mouth and I fell in love the words of Markus Zusak all over again like in The Messenger. 

Nov 29,2012

 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is in the middle of grown-up and young-adult fiction. It is definitley a book that I encourage young adults to read. Once you begin the first page it becomes almost impossible to put The Book Thief down as it urges you in.

The main character Liesel Memingher is a young girl taken vastly into an adult word. She is brave and has a heart of courage. The narrating throughout Zusak's book offers a deep contrast that really gives the cherry on top. The narrator is Death. You may wonder how Death can be suitable for such a young age, but really it is all because the narrator is sad about what he has to do in the future.

Zusak's narrator starts the book with 'I am sorry but I must tell you that you will die'. This first sentence is what captivates you from the begginning until the end. The thought of Death will ponder your mind and make you think differently as you read this book. The narrator states:

‘Where are my manners? I could introduce myself properly, but it’s not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A colour will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away.’

Just how these words are said make this book enticing. The words are manipulative and put into all tricky ways that tell this narrative in a metaphorical way.

The story is about Leisel who is the main character. Her brother dies at the start of the book which forces her mother to flee and Liesel to go to foster parents in Molching. So much is put on the main charcter at the start. When Liesel settles in she begins to steal books from 'The burning of books' held by the Nazi's.

The first book taken is called "The Grave Digger's Handbook," and states "A Twelve-Step Guide to Grave-Digging Success." Liesel finds it at the cemetery where her brother is buried, and it becomes her link to the past. She reads this book and many others with her foster dad Hans Hubermann. The reader overseas the relationship they develop and also the one she forms with a Jew called Max Vanderburg. I recommend this book to everyone. At first I did not want to read it but as soon as I picked it up I knew this was a book I would never forget.




Nov 17,2012

This is one of my favourite books...I love the way it is written

Nov 17,2012

This is the best book I have ever read.

Sometimes, when you find a good book, a sad one, you can cry a little, feeling empathy for the characters and their situations.  

I sobbed.  I sat in my chair, holding the book to my chest, tears pouring down my cheeks - it was more than empathy, I felt like I was part of the story.

Now, In my description of this book, I could say 'The best part of this book was-' But the problem is, I would just keep remembering aspects I loved the most.  

One of the best aspects of this book was the abstract yet fabulous idea of the narration.  It is almost chilling to understand as you read to know that the book literally revolves around death, the grim reaper providing a totally 'never-before-seen' point of view on Liesel's amazing story.  This novel was unique in the way it  could make you laugh and sob at the same time, all while providing an insight into a tragic period in history. 

Overall, the book thief is simply masterful story-telling, a paper-bound explosion of philosophy, pain and beauty. 

I would reccomend this novel to anyone, at any age, at any time.  I would probably go so far as to buy them the book and watch them until they'd read it, I'm so sure they would thank me afterwards. So... what are you waiting for?

Jun 12,2012

Haunting. Gosh, if I could write like this....

Nov 29,2011

Fantastic history with a twist.  Death as a narrator blew me away - so compassionate, yet so unmoving in the face of the utter destruction of World War II. I couldn't stop reading it. It's probably one of my top ten 'Books that Made a Huuuge Impression on me'.




Oct 21,2011

This has become one of my all time favourite books.  It is very quirky with Death as the narrator which is really quite fitting for a story about the Holocaust.  Liesel the main character does steal a book but she also steals hearts with her great courage and bravery.  I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who loves reading books set in WWII.


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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

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