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The book thief

by Zusak, Markus.

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Call number: Fiction, Teen Fiction / Zusak, Markus

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 3rd Floor, Malletts Teen, Pittsfield Adult, Pittsfield Teen, Traverwood Teen, West Adult

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Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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Set in Germany in the years 1939-1943, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, narrated by Death. This is a very complex book, and well worth reading. It’s not the kind of book you can read in one sitting. The approach taken by the author is quite different and interesting. I definitely recommend it.


This is truly one of the best books I have ever read. Beautiful, sad, and powerful.

book thief

well done story that will suck you in


I always love a good story about the Holocaust. This was a fairly good one, but it was...unique. The narrator, "Death" made the book somewhat hard to follow, especially at the start. I am curious how this translated in the movie version.


I really liked when death narrated, however I found it hard to relate to the main character.


Nice and entertaining


Interesting book



The Book Thief

It’s definitely a good book. I don’t know what else to say about it. It’s strangely narrated by Death, but it sucked me in.


I just finished this book today, and I loved it! It has beautiful descriptions of things, and having Death narrate the story was a unique choice. It's really sad and dark, but beautiful at the same time. Read this book!

Great read

This is such an awesome book, be sure to read it sometime.


In an unusual literary twist, Death narrates The Book Thief, the astounding story of nine-year-old Liesel Meminger. As the Nazis take hold of Europe she is sent to live with foster parents in a small German town--where her book stealing career begins. Along the way she touches the lives of many, including a politician's wife, Rudy, a boy around her age, her new guardians, and Max, a Jewish refugee who for a time hides out in her basement. Called "brilliant and hugely ambitious" by The New York Times, School Library Journal said, "Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward." Amazon customers agree emphatically, describing The Book Thief as "beautiful, poignant, and captivating" as well as a "modern classic." Recognized with awards from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly, among others, this 2006 Printz Honor book is truly a masterpiece.

Gripping and Thrilling

since its narrated by death, the whole book has an interesting standpoint. i highly recocomend this book. its well writtten and it makes you think

Hauntingly Beautiful

This book was hauntingly beautiful. I was worried when I began reading it that it would be just another sad Holocaust story. I was wrong. This story, while taking place during the late 1930s and 1940s in Germany, discusses so much more than the Nazis and heinousness of the war and genocide of the Jews and other "enemies" of the Nazi Party. Beautiful book...just beautiful.


Awesome book


I know it's kind of creepy that this story is coming from the perspective of death, but it is still a brilliantly, beautifully written story about time in the 1940's. I would recommend this book to people who like historical fiction and something that is completely different and out of the ordinary.


The Book Thief is a fascinating book in which death is the narrator. Zusak creates a slightly fantastical, darkly humorous tone in order to address the sober subject matter. The Book Thief is a wonderful novel about a German girl's experience in the war.


This is quite possibly the best book I've ever read, The characters became part of me. It would be a great book club read

Sad but Great

This book was very sad and touching for me, and I'm sure it will be for all age groups who are old enough to know about the tragedies of World War II. It describes the life of a girl whose mother gives her to a foster family to take care of. At first she struggles at being with her new family, she eventually fits in and lives a somewhat normal life. However, things begin to change and take a turn for the worse... This is a very emotional book, but it is very fitting to be used in book groups at school. Many teachers recommend this book, and I do too.


You shouldn't miss out on this book it is AMAZING

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