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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.


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The Book Thief
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4.4 / 5
So beautifully written
April 12th, 2015
One of the most compelling books I've read in a long time. Love the use of metaphors used by the narrator.
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The Book Thief
February 23rd, 2015
Interesting read. Author picked an odd narrator but made him almost human. I read it for a January book club. Not the right book for a depressing month but otherwise worthwhile.
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wow!
February 23rd, 2015
Wow, this book is told by Death, the narrator. I admit it confused me a little for the first few pages but once I wrapped my head around that I could not put it down. It was not really a story about books or stealing. That was a small part of it. It was about a young girl's childhood and different relationships with people during WW2 in Germany. Thumbs up; give it a read!
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Excellent
January 31st, 2015
Well written! Enjoyable! The characters are well developed. Death narrating gives a interesting perspective!
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The book thief
January 27th, 2015
Having seen and been moved by the movie,it wAs with some fear that I chose to read the book. how wrong I was and how glad.......this is a fabulous,funny,tender and moving story of youth and love, of the horrors of war and the absolute joy and power of the written word. I will read it again and insist that my friends do too. This is the best book I have read in a long long time.
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Oh the beauty of words!
December 22nd, 2014
Perhaps because I learned to speak a second language years ago that I felt a strong connection with the power of words experienced by Liesel. There is a beautiful sadness to this story and a painful truth about love.
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Amazing
October 7th, 2014
This book was moving, inspirational and educational. I will recommend it to all readers above 12.♥♥♥
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The Book Thief
September 27th, 2014
Very close to the movie, a very good read! Please never let this happen again!
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Excellent
September 15th, 2014
Refreshing new perspective on world war 2, loved it
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The Book Thief
August 27th, 2014
What a story, Death pulls you in and keeps you wanting more!Through tears, envisioning what my parents must of suffered as young children in Hamburg. A must read.
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The book thief stole my heart
August 14th, 2014
Moving and creatively written.
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The book thief
August 12th, 2014
Well written could not put it down
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1 person found this helpful
Great read
August 9th, 2014
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
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Thought provoking...
July 30th, 2014
Love the way this is written, the phrases and word choice juxtaposition are delightful, even if the subject matter and the worlds of this read are very sad.
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wow
June 30th, 2014
this is hands down the best book I have ever read. the metaphors that the authour uses are so beautiful and alluring and the characters are loveable and extremely well developped. you`re going to fall in love with this book I promise <3
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The book thief
June 26th, 2014
This is a wonderful book. One I hated to put down.
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The Book Theif
June 17th, 2014
Great!!! Learned a lot!!!
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The Book Thief
June 7th, 2014
I have read this book three times and I never fail to cry at the end. It's the first book that has ever touched me and made me cry. THE FEELS
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The Book Thief
June 7th, 2014
I have read this book three times and I never fail to cry at the end. It's the first book that has ever touched me and made me cry. THE FEELS
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The book thief
June 3rd, 2014
An amazing book . An amazing story line . Wil surely touch evrybodies hearts !
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