The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006. Print.

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2006, Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (South East Asia & South Pacific)

2006, Horn Book Fanfare

2006, Kirk us Reviews Editor Choice Award

2006, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

2006, Daniel Elliott Peace Award

2006, Publishers Weekly Best Children Book of the Year

2006, Book list Children Editors’ Choice

2006, Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book

2007, ALA Best Books for Young Adults

2007, Michael L. Printz Honor Book

2007, Book Sense Book of the Year

2009, Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Master List


Death becomes a personified narrator in this World War II tale about a girl who steals books.


Will I die? Yes, all people will eventually die. A difficult notion for people to accept, but it is the truth.

Well, the time is World War II, Germany. During this moment in history, book burning was a common practice amongst the Nazis. However, Liesel Meminger is not a participant in this act. Instead, she steals books.  Meanwhile, death is all around her. She lives in a world in which those Nazis believe all Jews must succumb to me. Nonetheless, a Jew lives in her family’s basement.

As I stated before, all people will join me. Even so, not everyone is like Liesel. I am her life. Now ask yourself, can you imagine living inside Liesel’s world?


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