The Book Thief

The Book Thief

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The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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 neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 552 pages
  • 140 x 204 x 32mm | 459.99g
  • Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0385754728
  • 9780385754729
  • 15,648

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Brilliant and hugely ambitious Some will argue that a book so difficult and sad may not be appropriate for teenage readers Adults will probably like it (this one did), but it s a great young-adult novel It s the kind of book that can be life-changing, because without ever denying the essential amorality and randomness of the natural order, "The Book Thief" offers us a believable hard-won hope The hope we see in Liesel is unassailable, the kind you can hang on to in the midst of poverty and war and violence. Young readers need such alternatives to ideological rigidity, and such explorations of how stories matter. And so, come to think of it, do adults. -"New York Times, "May 14, 2006 ""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." - "School Library Journal," Starred ""The Book Thief" will be appreciated for Mr. Zusak's audacity, also on display in his earlier "I Am the Messenger." It will be widely read and admired because it tells a story in which books become treasures. And because there's no arguing with a sentiment like that." - "New York Times" " ""show more

About Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak is the author of I Am the Messenger, a Printz Honor Book and Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist, and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which has been translated into over thirty languages and has sold nine million copies around the world. He is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens and lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and more

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Our customer reviews

OMG, this is by far the BEST historical fiction I've ever read! I think it's really clever and amazing that Zusak wrote this book from the Death's point of view. In the beginning,he kept me guessing and wondering who the narrator is, and this definitely catches my attention and one of the reasons that kept me go on reading it. This book really brings out the terrible situation of both the Jews and Germans in when they were under the control of Hitler. Well I've learned about the history of that time before, but I've never had such a strong feeling until I've read this book. One of the scenes that haunts me the most is the parade of Jews, how Liesel and Hans try to help them, but they can do nothing and get punished afterwards. This contrasts with the idea of discrimination against the Jews at that time strongly. I hate the ending though, I'm that kind of person who goes for a happy ending. Is it necessary that nearly all the good people have to die? I doubt that. But their deaths get me feel that life is really hard in Nazi Germany and not many people are as lucky as Liesel and Max. I think this further conveys the unfortunate in that period of time and what war really does is just more
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