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The Book Thief

May 8th, 2018 - Posted in Library News -

book thiefSTUDENT REVIEW

by Markus Zusak, 552 pages, adult audience

Death is a unique narrator. He speaks the truth, while at the same time, gives input on what is happening around him. In The Book Thief, Death spends time observing a little girl named Liesel who was adopted by Rosa and Hans Hubermann in Nazi Germany, after her mother abandoned her. Liesel develops strong bonds with Hans, who steadily teaches her how to read. Slowly, Liesel becomes adjusted to life with her new family. Then, one day, a man comes knocking at their door. His name is Max Vandenburg, and he is in trouble. Being Jewish, he must hide from the Nazis, who would bring him to a concentration camps where he could ultimately die. After Max tells his story, Hans agrees to secretly house him for as long as he can. From that day forward, Liesel had a huge secret kept inside her. Liesel couldn’t tell anyone, not even her new friend, Rudy. During the day, she would go to school, and at night, she would talk to Max and take care of him, always in fear of someone coming to take him. Along the way, Liesel also gains a fondness for books, rather stealing books. Any chance she had, Liesel would find books to steal and add to her collection; a dangerous habit in a dangerous time.

If you enjoy books about World War 2, you might also like is Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys.   

by S. H.

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