More titles to consider

Shopping Cart

You're getting the VIP treatment!

With the purchase of Kobo VIP Membership, you're getting 10% off and 2x Kobo Super Points on eligible items.

itemsitem
See your RECOMMENDATIONS

Synopsis

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Ratings and Reviews

Overall rating

4.4 out of 5
(493)
5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Stars
302 118 51 9 13

Share your thoughts

You've already shared your review for this item. Thanks!

We are currently reviewing your submission. Thanks!

All Reviews

  • 8 person found this review helpful

    8 people found this review helpful

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

    Was this helpful to you?

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Report as inappropriate

    Not for me!

    I have tried reading this book at least 5 times. Not sure whether it's the author's style of writing or the subject matter; but I could not slough through this one at all.

  • 2 person found this review helpful

    2 people found this review helpful

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

    Was this helpful to you?

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Report as inappropriate

    A touching story

    I've spent a year and a half reading this book, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Himmel street came vividly to life with every page I turned, and through the lens of childhood it almost became a second home. There are glimpses of happiness in Leisel Meminger's life between lives, and although the reader is careful not to expect happy endings, the final blow is still delivered with a semblance of kindness. The central theme of the book is eventually presented with almost childlike clarity. I hope you enjoy navigating this story just as much as I did.

  • 2 person found this review helpful

    2 people found this review helpful

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

    Was this helpful to you?

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Report as inappropriate

    The Book Thief

    Pretty good book. Sometimes hard to understand and sometimes hard to put down.

  • 2 person found this review helpful

    2 people found this review helpful

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

    Was this helpful to you?

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Report as inappropriate

    Remarkable

    It has been a long time since I have read a book that had both touched me and impressed me in the way this one has. The writing is remarkable and the character of Leisel is both believable and incredible. This is a book that everyone should read- it is accessible for young teen readers yet able to capture the hearts and minds of older readers as well. Although written from the perspective of death, it is not gratuitous or shockingly graphic. It is real, touching, uplifting and heart breaking. It does not cover or dress up the horrors of war, but places them in a role that allows life and hope to prevail.

  • 3 person found this review helpful

    3 people found this review helpful

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

    Was this helpful to you?

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Report as inappropriate

    Great read

    Very sad story during a horrific time in our history. It is a tragedy what human beings are capable of doing to their fellow brothers and sisters

(493)

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices:

  • DESKTOP
  • eREADERS
  • TABLETS
  • IOS
  • ANDROID
  • BLACKBERRY
  • WINDOWS