The Book Thief
- Paperback | 552 pages
- 140 x 208 x 33mm | 476g
- 26 Mar 2014
- Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
- New York, United States
- Media tie-in
- Illustrations, black and white
Other books in this series
29 Nov 2010
30 Aug 2016
07 Nov 2014
12 Nov 2014
"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." -USA Today
"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." -Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"This hefty volume is an achievement...a challenging book in both length and subject..." -Publisher's Weekly, Starred
"One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years." -The Wall Street 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, Starred
"An extraordinary narrative." -SLJ, Starred
About Markus Zusak
All of Zusak's books - including earlier titles, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, When Dogs Cry (also titled Getting the Girl), and The Messenger (or I am the Messenger) - have been awarded numerous honors around the world, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers.
In 2013, The Book Thief was made into a major motion picture, and in 2018 was voted one of America's all-time favorite books, achieving the 14th position on the PBS Great American Read. Also in 2018, Bridge of Clay was selected as a best book of the year in publications ranging from Entertainment Weekly to the Wall Street Journal.
Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.