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The Book Thief
by Marcus Zusak
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: Young Adult
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 730L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2006
NO. PAGES: 560
GENRE{S}: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
AWARD{S}:
Sydney Taylor Award
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Horn Book Fanfare
Parents Choice Award
ISBN: 0375842209
READ & REVIEWED BY: Tiffany - StorySnoop


The Story
The Book Thief—Book Review

Narrated by Death, The Book Thief takes place in Nazi Germany. Liesel Meminger’s brother has just died and her mother has abandoned her to foster parents. Liesel is compelled to steal books and her new papa teaches her to read in the dark of night. Death follows Liesel throughout her life and watches her befriend her neighbor Rudy, the mayor’s wife, and Max, the Jew who hides in her basement. The power of words and books frame this haunting story.
The Scoop
The Book Thief—Book Review
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Beautifully written, poignant, and moving, The Book Thief is probably most appropriate for, and best appreciated by, teens who have learned about the Holocaust. Language is mild (sl-t, a-shole, a-s, b-st-rds). Many characters die in this tragic, beautiful story as it is set during a war, and Death, as the narrator, describes genocide with disturbing imagery.
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on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 03:18:38 AM

The writing is beautiful, the writing within the writing is beautiful...books, books within books, the power of words, the power of reading. This is an intelligent, moving depiction of life during wartime and the holocaust that somehow incorporates humor and savagery, tenderness and torture, courage and cowardice. The author weaves all these elements seamlessly together, almost effortlessly, but always finding the beauty, if there's beauty to be found, in every moment. Give this book to your kids, read it yourself and then donate it to a library or thrift shop so someone else will get a chance to read it.
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