The Book Thief
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 two in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside 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 neighbours 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.
The Book Thief has won numerous awards and was listed on the New York Times Children's Bestseller list for over one hundred weeks.
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The Book Thief is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader’s mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel’s Night. It seems poised to become a classic.
Zusak doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five: with grim, darkly consoling humor.” Time Magazine
Elegant, philosophical and moving...Beautiful and important
An extraordinary narrative
School Library Journal
Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak's poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour de force to be not just read but inhabited.
The Horn Book Magazine
One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years
The Wall Street Journal
Markus Zusak's The Book Thief is Number One in Italy
Markus Zusak and Monica McInerney voted two of Australia’s Favourite Novelists
The Book Thief Film Trailer and Artwork Released
Production Starts on The Book Thief Film Adaptation
The Book Thief sells more than two million copies in the USA
US World Book Night titles announced and Anna Quindlen named as honourary chairperson
World Book Night 2012 titles announced
Richard and Judy’s 100 Books of the Decade
Marcus Zusak's Book Thief at No 2 in Brazil