THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak


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.


This is a brilliantly written story. Creative, fast moving and absolutely mesmerizing. I was drawn in immediately by the way the author used Death as the narrator, and I was held captive because he never once lost sight of the voice. For me this was a five star read and although this book is categorized as a YA (Young Adult) novel, I believe it is a must read for everyone.

2 Comments on “THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak”

  1. Carol White July 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Thanks for the concise review. I wondered about that book. Will read it after I get through State of Wonder for a book club.

  2. thewriteedge July 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    I absolutely loved this book; it’s one of my new favorites. I read it for the European Reading Challenge back in April. Here’s my own review of it:

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