The Book Thief

Zusak, Markus

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Book Thief
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Death tells the story of a young German girl, Liesel, whose book-stealing and story-telling talents during World War II help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 9780385754729
Characteristics: 552, 12 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: White, Trudy

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Mar 18, 2015
  • PaulinaPancake rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'd definitely recommend this book. The author's voice was unlike any other, which I knew after reading as far as the first page. Zusak's words are unique, and they pull the reader in. You sympathize with the characters, you laugh with them, you cry with them, you are the characters. This book is really for people of all ages. There may be some sensitive topics mentioned throughout the novel, but perhaps the sadness that events throughout the book give you is worth it. The Book Thief is truly worth every second that you spend reading it.

Feb 21, 2015

My friend said I would get teary eyed if I read this book and I didn't. Well, looks like I don't have a soul.... :)

Feb 18, 2015
  • daisy1671 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is one of the best books I have read all year.

Feb 06, 2015

wonderful story told from a unique perspective. Have read it twice !

Feb 03, 2015
  • haileyj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was one of the best books I've read in a long time. You'd think the narrator being Death would be hard to believe but it isn't. Well done!

Jan 24, 2015
  • captainjibbles9081 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i think its an amzing book sad and happy it just impressed me i could read it over and over

Jan 21, 2015

Great Book, loved it, bought it so I could read over and again. Recommend it to everyone I know of all ages.

Jan 14, 2015
  • 5monitors rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An amazing story that readers will love. It'll make readers cry & wish for hope. It'll make you believe that there is still some good in the humanity even as the world they know turns into turmoil.

Jan 02, 2015

For me, being originally from the Soviet Union, it would be easy to generalize and hate Nazi Germany. But what a rewarding human experience is to see Nazi Germany from a perspective of common Germans! The book is a stunning literary creation by its content and form. No black and white, things have their value in a context. Power of books and words in an extreme moment of the human history. Rich sensory experiences (colors, sounds, smells, texture, temperature). Death as a sophisticated, sensitive, fair, and loving narrator. Absolutely beautiful figurative language. Read it to see and feel for yourself.

Dec 20, 2014
  • Folly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I've ever read. Magnificent story and great use of language.

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Feb 24, 2015
  • navy_ladybug_23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

navy_ladybug_23 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 99

Feb 23, 2015

lula_18 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

Dec 17, 2014

blue_panther_205 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 2

Sep 13, 2014
  • princessgracetan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

princessgracetan thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Aug 27, 2014

blue_weasel_36 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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

KingSalomon 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
  • cheddarinorawr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

cheddarinorawr 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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Jan 08, 2015
  • silver_back rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Memory is the scribe of the soul.

Jan 08, 2015
  • silver_back rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If your eyes could speak, what would it say?

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
  • TheMazeRunner13 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
  • TheMazeRunner13 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"

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

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

Jul 25, 2014
  • KingSalomon 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.

Dec 02, 2013
  • picklepepper26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 02, 2013
  • picklepepper26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Jun 25, 2014

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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