THE BOOK THIEF

Cover of The Book Thief

I TRULY ENJOYED THE BOOK THIEF.  TOLD BY THE GRIM REAPER WHOSE JOB IT IS TO CARRY SOULS OUT OF THIS WORLD.  HE IS VERY BUSY IN NAZI GERMANY

THE BOOK THIEF IS JUST A GIRL NAMED LIESEL WHO IS GROWING UP IN NAZI GERMANY IN 1939.  HER FATHER WAS A COMMUNIST, ALTHOUGH SHE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.  HER MOTHER CAN NO LONGER CARE FOR HER CHILDREN (OR IT IS TOO DANGEROUS TO KEEP THEM). SHE  HAS DECIDED TO PLACE THEM IN FOSTER CARE.  IN THE TRAIN ON THE WAY TO THE FOSTER HOME,  LIESEL’S BROTHER DIES.  IT IS AT HIS FUNERAL THAT LIESEL STEALS HER FIRST BOOK.

LIESEL’S NEW HOME TAKES SOME ADJUSTMENT – HER FOSTER MOTHER IS DIFFICULT AND SWEARS AT HER BUT HER FOSTER FATHER BONDS WITH LIESEL WHILE SOOTHING HER FROM RECURRENT NIGHTMARES.  HE TEACHES HER TO READ AND PLAYS THE ACCORDIAN FOR HER.  LIESEL REALLY DOESN’T KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING DURING THE WAR – SHE DOES NO KNOW WHAT HITLER STANDS FOR, WHY HER MOTHER NEVER RETURNS THE LETTERS SHE WRITES SO PAINSTAKINGLY, WHY THEY ARE HARBORING A JEW IN THEIR BASEMENT AND CANNOT TELL ANYONE, WHY THOUSANDS OF JEWS ARE MARCHED PAST THEIR HOME GOING TO A CAMP WHERE THEY WILL CONCENTRATE.

BY THE TIME THE BOMBINGS ON GERMANY BEGIN TO ESCALATE, LIESEL HAS DISCOVERED WHO “THEY” ARE AND THAT THEY LIKELY KILLED HER PARENTS AND JEWISH FRIEND FROM THE BASEMENT.  YET SHE IS TOO YOUNG TO UNDERSTAND THE REAL DANGER THAT IS LURKING.

HIMMEL STREET IS BOMBED WITH NO AIR RAID WARNINGTHE DEVASTATION IS COMPLETE…

WHAT THE PUBLISHER HAS TO SAY:

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 time.

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