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The Book Thief

2005 . Historical Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult . Markus Zusak

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Everyone

About the book

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Librarian's note: An alternate cover edition can be found here 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. (Note: this title was not published as YA fiction)

Year:

2005

Language:

English

Publisher:

Alfred A. Knopf

Pages:

552

ISBN:

0375831002 (ISBN13: 9780375831003)

Reviews

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John Kamp

4 days ago

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This novel packs a lot of emotion. Though gives away one of the sadder moments at the beginning of the novel. I chose this novel due to the fact that others said it was heartbreaking. And while that's true, i feel as it gave away one of the biggest events.

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Elen Hâf

5 months ago

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makes me cry every single time i read it. could read this over and over again and never not be in awe. phenomenal book and phenomenal writing

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Mathilde Skjoldager

6 months ago

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One of my favourite books. I love that it is set in Nazi Germany, and is a story told from the perspective of a German family who is hiding a Jew. Liesel’s personal development and her friendship with Max is very interesting. The story also gives a more personal perspective on war

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Esther Straarup Wright

1 year ago

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One of the best books, I’ve ever read. But be ready for the tears to roll.

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Alex S

1 year ago

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A masterpiece