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The Book Thief

Format:  Paperback,

552 pages

Publisher: Random House Childrens Books

Publish Date: Sep 2007

ISBN-13: 9780375842207

ISBN-10: 0375842209

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The extraordinary #1 "New York Times" bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, 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.


Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Publish Date: Sep 2007
ISBN-13: 9780375842207
ISBN-10: 0375842209
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 552
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Zusak, Markus

Australian author Markus Zusak was born in Sydney on June 23, 1975. He began writing at the age of 16, and seven years later his first book, The Underdog, was published. Zusak is best known for his award-winning young adult novels The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, both of which have been successful internationally and are Michael L. Printz Honor books.

Awards and Recognitions

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2006 (United States)
  • National Jewish Book Awards, 2006 (United States)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2006 (United States)
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 2009 (United States)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2006 (United States)
  • Michael L. Printz Award, 2007 (United States)
  • Garden State Teen Book Award, 2009 (United States)
  • Virginia Reader's Choice Awards, 2007 - 2008 (United States)
  • Book Sense Book of the Year, 2007 (United States)
  • Galaxy British Book Awards, 2008 (United Kingdom)
  • Great Lakes' Great Books Award, 2007 - 2008 (United States)

Book description

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...

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5★ by 20reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Read My daugther had to read this book over the summer before entering her Freshman year of High School. She couldn't put the book down. She said it was sad, but made her think. 08/24/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Life Changing I just finished this book yesterday. It is a VERY VERY well written book. I would recommed this book to anyone 13 or older. 02/13/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Phenomenal Read! The reason I decided to read the book thief because I saw there was a movie coming out about it. The trailer looked phenomenal and I have always loved books set in World War II. I purchased the book and I loved it! But loving it did not come automatically. It took me a couple of pages to realized who the narration for the tale was done by, but once I realized that the narration is given by death who stays with Leisel to witness her life, my view and expectations changed a bit and helped prepare me for the rest of the tale.I anticipated it to be much like other tales based in Germany World War II and immediately start into a tale of survival in a war zone. It came to be more of a story of self-discovery for a young Leisel who has been taken from everything she knows to foster parents. The father lovingly teaches her to read, which she had always desired to learn, and through her love of reading she finds strong connections with others and understanding in a world of chaos.A wonderful tale that through both the journey we take with our main character as well as pure literary genius helps us to fall in love with the written word all over again. 12/05/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great book for all ages! The book thief is a great book, I got it for my daughter who is going into 9th grade, she read it in three days, then before I could get my hands on it my mother in law read it and is also raving about it. 07/21/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by This is an amazing book Usually, I am skeptical when I hear that everyone else likes a book or movie. I can't help to feel that it's being blown out of proportion and that it just can't be that good. This book is quite the exception.Narrated by Death, this unique book explores many deep themes including death and dying (no surprise), the power of words, and the beauty of a good friendship. Liesel is a very well developed, three dimensional character, and the supporting characters only add to the amazing story. This book is different from other World-War II era novels, as it takes the view point of a German child. Very little is mentioned about the horrors of the Holocaust, but the book instead focuses on the average German during the war and also brings up several good questions, such as 'Was it right for the Allies to bomb civilians?'Zusak proves to be a master of symbolism and metaphors - even the cover of the book (falling dominoes) symbolizes something far more treacherous. I've read this book three times, and pick up on something new every time I read it. It is by far the best book I have ever read, and I recommend it to anyone.Please don't skip over this book because it is labeled as 'young adult.' Just because the main character is a young girl doesn't mean only young girls can read this book. I think anyone, any age could enjoy this book; however, I think people over the age of 14 or 15 would get the most out of it.Can't wait to see the movie!! (comes out in 2010) 03/12/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great book, loved every minute of it, couldn't put it down!! 06/17/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by good book if your of german decent excellent book very intense. 11/29/2013
Rated 4 out of 5★ by A very moving story Recently read this book on the recommendation of our local children's librarian. Although marketed as a book for young adults, she advised that I not be put off by that and to give it a try. I'm very glad I listened to her. It was a wonderful read, very original and touching. I enjoyed it so much I bought four more as Christmas presents and can't wait to hear feedback from family and friends. Also had a good experience with The ship-to-store service was very efficient. 12/21/2010
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