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Paperback, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2007, ISBN13 9780375842207, ISBN10 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.

About this item

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.

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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
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8/24/2011

Customer review by HomeschoolingParent

5.0 stars 8/24/2011 by HomeschoolingParent
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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.

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Midway Airport, Chicago, IL
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Every few days
Life Changing
2/13/2008

Customer review by flutegirl26

5.0 stars 2/13/2008 by flutegirl26
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I just finished this book yesterday. It is a VERY VERY well written book. I would recommed this book to anyone 13 or older.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Great book for all ages!
7/22/2009

Customer review by Rodney85

5.0 stars 7/22/2009 by Rodney85
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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.

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Rodney85
Wheatland MO
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Once per year
Phenomenal Read!
12/5/2013

Customer review by mojenkins

5.0 stars 12/5/2013 by mojenkins
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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.

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mojenkins
Menan, Idaho
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:18 - 24
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Once per year
This is an amazing book
3/13/2009

Customer review by rolltide333

5.0 stars 3/13/2009 by rolltide333
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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)

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:14 - 18
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