Overview: A young girl in Nazi Germany whose love of books help her and her neighbors deal with the insanity of the times.
What they’re saying in the Prepwise staff room:
Lisa: Set in Germany during World War II, the story is about a young girl that steals books to share with others. It makes the history of the era more understandable and more real than just knowing the facts.
Taylor: “It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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.” B. L. Medford’s review says “Very rarely a book comes out that steals my breath away. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak is a revelation. Narrated by Death, this story follows Leisel as she steals books in Nazi Germany while she and her best friend Rudy discover the power of words, language and friendship. Zusak’s writing is mesmerizing; it’s sarcastic, emotional, sophisticated and wondrous.”