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The Book Thief

Zusak, Markus (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
Authors: Zusak, Markus
Title: The book thief
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 552 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Markus Zusak
Summary: Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
ISBN: 9780375831003
0375831002
9780375931000
0375931007
Branch Call Number: y ZUSAK
Subject Headings: Germany History 1933-1945 Juvenile fiction Books and reading Juvenile fiction Storytelling Juvenile fiction Death Juvenile fiction Jews Germany History 1933-1945 Juvenile fiction World War, 1939-1945 Jews Rescue Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Books and reading
Storytelling
Death
Jews
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2005008942
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Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Death tells the story of a young girl living through horror of war whose only refuge is in stealing books.

Death itself narrates this very moving story of a girl in Nazi Germany who loves words.

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. It's a beautifully written book within a book.

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.


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Jul 28, 2014
  • goodcooker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thought provoking book.

Jul 28, 2014
  • kindrabirss rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was so interesting and was more about the journey than the destination. It played with the ideas of humanity being both disgusting and beautiful. I loved the narration by Death who was not creepy or dark. The characters were so easy to fall in love with. A great read and something a bit different.

Jul 28, 2014
  • edcorrie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is such a great book about friendship and family. The ending though is very sad.

Jul 25, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good book! Loved the story and characters. Flowed very nicely about 100+ pages. However, the only thing preventing a 5 star is the writing. I personally didn't like the style, it was very good. But not for me. Sorry. It was also a bit confusing, especially at first.

Jul 23, 2014
  • Solter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was a little skeptical when a friend told me that the novel was narrated by Death. Luckily, I got over that pretty quickly. The grim reaper in this book is not what you'd might expect. The use of image and colour is very descriptive and beautiful. Some really horrible events happen, but they feel true to the time period from what I've read of World War II. There are few novels that include the perspective of average German citizens during this war. I think that it's an important viewpoint. One of the best books I've read in a long time.

Jul 23, 2014
  • geniusgirl613 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book gave me chills every other page. So well written, so well narrated, so perfectly horrifying. I can't remember the last time a book made me cry so much. Everyone should read this [adjective here, I can't think of the right one] book. WOW.

Jul 21, 2014
  • erinsnest rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

July 13, 2014.....almost 1/2 way through this book. I'm really liking the writing style, especially his way of describing emotions, feelings etc. (eg. quote: Standing above him at all moments of awakeness was the hand of time, and it didn't hesitate to wring him out. It smiled and squeezed and let him live. What great malice there could be in allowing something to live. end quote.).... From those two sentences, I can truly capture the feeling of being alive, and yet not being able to live. Surviving and living are two separate things!.......note: this book is in the YA section of our library, but I think that it could easily fit in the adult section. Wonder how I would have felt about this book as a teenager? Glad I didn't pass on it because of the YA rating........July 21, just finished this beautiful book. I will be checking out more of Markus Zusak's books. I love the way he writes. Now I can watch the movie, but from past experience, I'm sure the book is much better!

I enjoyed the movie, and I'd heard the book was so much better. The author paints these amazing word pictures and his description are sometimes fun, often sober and even haunting. This was a new perspective of the holocaust and I enjoyed every chapter. He made the story so interested throughout the book. He does curse too much for my taste, but it's not a big deal. Go ahead and read this book! It's well done.

Jul 20, 2014
  • BlueHippo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What an intensely beautiful book. The characters come right of the page. The writing is poetic. The story is mesmerizing. By the way, I am an older adult reader.

Jul 19, 2014
  • percyjackson10 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

its a okay book i would recommennd it four stars

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Jul 25, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

red_crocodile_191 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 23, 2014
  • geniusgirl613 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

geniusgirl613 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99

Jul 01, 2014
  • mysterybooksCPL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

mysterybooksCPL thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 17

Jun 29, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

22950008513780 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

Jun 27, 2014
  • violet_coyote_92 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

violet_coyote_92 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jun 22, 2014
  • KatiaY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

KatiaY thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jul 23, 2014
  • geniusgirl613 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The story of a young girl under Nazi Germany. When her family hides a Jew in the basement, her life changes forever. Her thirst for books begins when she was illiterate. Slowly, books play an enormous part in her story.

Jul 14, 2014
  • Jaklinetobe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

About a Germany girl during WWII who is living with a foster family hiding a Jew.

Jun 29, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Liesel Meminger, an illiterate girl in Nazi Germany loves books. At her brothers funeral she finds her first book, the Grave Diggers Handbook. With the help of her foster father, Hans Hubermann she learns to read and desires more books. However with World War 2 her family is sinking deeper into poverty and cannot afford to buy her books. So she resorts to stealing them. She takes them wherever she can find them, but only what she needs never more. But Liesel's life gets even more dangerous when her foster father repays a debt by taking in a Jew on the run. Liesel then realizes some unsettling facts about Nazi Germany and Hitler. This book is Liesel Meminger's story, told by Death.

In brief, I will say a few things about this book (I am on my mothers library page) 1. It is amazing
2. Always look at the pictures they feature very intensely in the story.
The Book Thief
the book thief is about young girl, living in Nazi Germany, who, as the title suggests, is a book thief. Or a collector of second hand books, however you wish to put it. Narrated by death, it will guide you through great joys and great sorrows. (A note, death loves colours, Also, I have noticed the colour patterns in a few other books) Liesel steals her first book at her brothers funeral. That was the last time she ever saw her mother. Along her "illustrious career" her foster parents take an old, dead, acordian playing, jewish friends son into the custody of their basement. A basement that will save her alone, well, along with a story. The basement doesn't save her best friend, Rudy Stiener. I'm not telling any more, otherwise I'll spoil it for you.

Jun 22, 2014
  • KatiaY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-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 a superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time." -from the back cover

Jul 19, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel 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 before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul."

Jul 05, 2012
  • pojo6865 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Introduction: During WWII in 1939, Liesel and her brother are being taken to Molching, Germany with her mother, to live with foster parents. Sadly, her little brother dies on the train and is buried along the way there. This is when Liesel steals her first book, (Gravedigger’s Handbook- marks brother’s death). Entering her new home, Liesel finds most comfort and love with her new father- Hans Hubermann. Stealing books becomes somewhat of a hobby now, as it motivates her to learn to read and write. An important aspect of the introduction is the hint at Liesel’s background. She learns more about why, how, and what actually happened to her real parents. As of right now, all we know is that Hans is gentle/welcoming, and that Rosa may need anger-management classes.
Rising Action: After the book-burning celebration for Hitler’s birthday, Liesel realizes that the Nazis are responsible for all of her losses. At this point, she steals another book (the Shoulder Shrug- marks hatred for Hitler). Along with her friendship with Rudy Steiner, good friend from school, she forms a relationship with the mayor’s wife, who lets Liesel in her library every time she comes by for laundry (as she saw Liesel’s interest in stealing the Shoulder Shrug). But when the wife, Ilsa, ends the laundry service, Liesel is infuriated and begins stealing her books. Eventually though, forgiveness awakes due to a complicated friendship that was always present. Back to Rudy, he’s a fearless boy with lemon hair, and he wants Liesel’s lips. Remember that. Meanwhile, there’s the story of Hans Hubermann and his great friend during WWI who saved Hans’s life and died in consequence. This friend happens to be a Jew, and his son is now seeking help with Hans, in hiding from the Nazis. Expectedly, the family is worried about the potential situation, since the act of housing a Jew in WWII was life-jeopardising. But they do, and Max turns out to be very friendly. So does Rosa. Especially Hans.
Climax: A series of little events tagged along for the journey to the climax. But, everything explodes when Max leaves for safety. Liesel is…she’s devastated. But, there is worse to come. He’s seen in a hoard of Jews on their way to Dachau, and this just tears the girl apart. Soon after, Ilsa gave Liesel a blank book. This saves the girl’s life, keeping her busy writing in the basement in an unexpected bombing. Sadly, all of Liesel’s loved ones die in their sleep. Death takes his time picking up Rosa, Hans, Kurt... Oh yeah, Rudy dies too, but at least he gets his long-awaited kiss from Liesel. Too bad it happens like this.
Falling Action: Well, the climax occurs late in the book, and in consequence, there’s not much to be said in this section. But, it is notable that Liesel drops her book in shock of everybody’s death (book = her life-story painted on the beloved blank pages from Ilsa). Death picks it up. The book is to be remembered. The mayor’s wife takes her in. Liesel talks with Alex Steiner. About Rudy. I’m sorry, am I being too specific?
It’s...well...just that......I love this part.
Resolution: In the epilogue, Liesel dies. But, she has lived a happy life with a husband and offspring. We also see Liesel being reunited with Max, having miraculously survived his sentence at Dachau. The book ends under a fulfilling atmosphere as Death gives back her book and takes her soul away. “I am haunted by humans.”

Jan 20, 2012
  • SharonWarren rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I started this book and it just didn't keep my attention, so gave it up, for a time. It had been so highly recommended I knew it would come back on my list. When next I picked it up I was ready for it and absolutely loved it. An engrossing, warm, and thoughtful read about a very difficult time.

Aug 11, 2010
  • FrostyViolette rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An amazing story that takes place during World War II in Nazi Germany. Death narrates the story of a young girl named Liesel and her life living with her foster parents, the Hubermanns.

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Jul 25, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: Not enough violence to put under violence. But some.

Jul 25, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Sl*t, b*tch, sh*t

Jun 29, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The book talks about some very disturbing topics, like the treatment of the Jews in Nazi Germany. Younger readers might not be ready to read about that type of stuff yet

Jun 29, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: There is some bombing and whipping and fist fighting but none is very graphic.

Jun 29, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: There is some English and German swearing but not too bad

Jan 03, 2014
  • GreenElephantGirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: Film is released in New Zealand 9th January.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: They get bombed several times. You can't see alot, but it may frighten younger children. And like i stated above, some fist fights.

Violence: Just alot of fighting. There are some fist fights and Germans beating people. There are also dead bodies shown.

Sep 23, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Release date November 15, 2013 (USA)

Sep 02, 2011
  • lukeooo2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: german and english swearing but not to bad.

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Jul 23, 2014
  • geniusgirl613 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There are so many amazing quotes, I'm just going to make a list (in no real order.
1: I am haunted by humans.
2: "Is it off your cheek that I took the seed?"
3: The laundry was warm, the rafters were firm, and Michael Holtzpfafel jumped from the chair as if it were a cliff.... He killed himself for wanting to live.
4: Here is a small fact: You are going to die.
5: "Can I?" The two words stood across acres and acres of vacant, wooden-floored land. The books were miles away.
6: Two giant words: I'm sorry.

Jul 19, 2014
  • JennaLatifiMalo13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

*****FROM THE MOVIE*****:
(knock knock knock)
Rosa: *whisper* who is that? *shouts* WHO IS IT?
Rudy: Rudy Steiner!
Rosa: What do you want?
Rudy: My Mama told me you have a new daughter.
Rosa: And what business is it of yours?
Rudy: I'm going to take her to school!
Rosa: And what makes you think you are good enough for my daughter
Rudy: I'm almost 12.
Rosa: Liesel, eat your soup.
Rudy: *tries to see what she looks like*
Rosa: Stay outside you filthy Saukerl.

Jul 19, 2014
  • JennaLatifiMalo13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Death: I am haunted by humans.

Jul 14, 2014
  • Jaklinetobe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Saumench

Jul 02, 2014
  • martinreads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"The girl simply didn't care anymore" (510)

Jun 29, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" There were stars" he said. "They burned my eyes"-Max Vandenburg

Jun 29, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Because he isn't Jesse Owens"

Jun 29, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"The sky is blue today Max, and there is a big cloud, and it's stretched out, like a rope. At the end of it, the sun is like a yellow hole"

Jun 22, 2014
  • KatiaY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Among them, lit like lanterns, were Hans and Rosa Hubermann, her brother, and the boy whose hair remained the color of lemons forever."

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Extended scene called "Why would I want to kiss you"

May 18, 2011
  • Harriet_the_Spy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interview with Markus Susak about The Book Thief

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