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    DescriptionIt is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left 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 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. The Book Thief is a story about the power of words and the ability of books to feed the soul. 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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    Title
    The Book Thief
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Markus Zusak
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 592
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 413 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781862302914
    ISBN 10: 186230291X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.2
    BIC subject category V2: YFT
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AN
    BIC E4L: F11+, HIS
    BIC subject category V2: YFC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    BIC children’s book marketing category: E3N79
    DC22: 823.92
    Libri: ENGM3000, ENGL2030, KIND1415, KIND1443, AUST1295
    BISAC V2.8: JUV016000
    Libri: NATI8075
    BIC subject category V2: 5AN
    Publisher
    Random House Children's Publishers UK
    Imprint name
    Definitions
    Publication date
    03 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Australian author Markus Zusak grew up hearing stories about Nazi Germany, about the bombing of Munich and about Jews being marched through his mother's small German town. He always knew it was a story he wanted to tell. 'We have these images of the straight-marching lines of boys and the "Heil Hitlers" and this idea that everyone in Germany was in it together. But there still were rebellious children and people who didn't follow the rules and people who hid Jews and other people in their houses.' Zusak is considered one of today's most innovative and poetic novelists, and is the award-winning recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter.
    Review quote
    "... a beautifully balanced piece of storytelling ... Unsettling, thought-provoking, life affirming, triumphant and tragic, this is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told. It is an important piece of work, but also a wonderful page-turner" Guardian "Zusak's playfulness with language leavens the horror and makes the theme more resonant - words can save your life ... It's a measure of how sucessfully Zusak has humanized these characters that even though we know they are doomed, it's no less devastating when Death finally reaches them" Publishers Weekly "... this is a weighty novel worthy of universal acclaim ... A sense of dread prevades this beautifully written novel ... As The Book Thief draws to a close, Death says: "... There's a multitude of stories ... that I allow to distract me as I work." The story of the Book Thief, who tried to change the world in her own small way, proves one formidable and inspiring distraction" -- Lianne Kolirin Daily Express "... a moving work which will make many eyes brim" -- Marianne Brace Independent on Sunday "... it is certainly extraordinary, resonant and relevant, beautiful and angry" -- Lisa Hilton Seven - The Independent
    Back cover copy
    It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger's life is changed when, by her brother's graveside, she picks up an object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left 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 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. Narrated by Death, The Book Thief is a story about the power of words and the ability of books to feed the soul. Award-winning author MARKUS ZUSAK has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. DEFINITIONS BOOK THIEF( ) a person who steals books or a young girl saved by words