The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

The Book Thief

Author: Marcus Zusak
Project: Orpheuspower of music / love and trust
Project: warWorld War II
Year of publication: 2006
Pages: 552
Goodreads: The Book Thief

“This complex story is about a girl stealing, and thereby saving books since she couldn’t even read. Set in World War II this story, narrated by Death, is about life in the darkest of days.” ~Rook Reading





It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.


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