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The Book Thief


'It's just a small story, really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery ...' This work is narrated in the all-knowing matter-of-fact voice of Death, witnessing the story of the citizens of Himmel Street: When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents - 'Kommunists' - for ever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career. In the care of the Hubermans, Liesel befriends blond-haired Rudy Steiner, her neighbour obsessed with Jesse Owens. She also befriends the mayor's wife, who hides from despair in her library. Together Liesel and Rudy steal books - from Nazi book burning piles, from the mayor's library, from the richer people of Molching. In time, the family hide a Jewish boxer, Max, who reads with Liesel in the basement.. By 1943, the Allied bombs are falling, and the sirens begin to wail. Liesel shares out her books in the air-raid shelters. But one day in the life of Himmel street, the wail of the sirens comes too late...A life-changing tale of the cruel twists of fate and the coincidences on which all our lives hinge, this is also a joyous look at the power of book to nourish the soul. Its uplifting ending will make all readers weep. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.704

Strong characters, story line

by Kenwilson on Aug 21, 2014

Each character is well defined and consistent, solid story line with historical events unfolding throughout. Enjoyable, moves fast.


Book for Lit Class

by rboeling on Jul 31, 2014

Great condition - this book is being used for a high school lit class.

Jim S


by Jim S on Jul 24, 2014

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak has become my FAVORITE book. Having studied WWII Germany and the Holocaust for many years, I was able to relate to the story intimately. For me, it was one of those books I just couldn't put down.

Patsy  O

Not for me

by Patsy O on Jun 27, 2014

Book club read for June and July. Tried to get into the book. Even viewed the movie thinking maybe that would help. NOPE.... guess it's for others, but not me.

Kathleen M
by Kathleen M on May 9, 2014

This book was read by my book group and everyone enjoyed the book. It was an easy read and informative about how things were happening in Germany during the war.

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This was one of my favorite books that I read last year. Do you guys know of other books like this? They don't have to be about war or the Holocaust (though of course that's OK), but books that are similarly creative and captivating. Please let me know. Thanks!

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