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The Book Thief

Average rating
4 out of 5
Based on 955 Ratings and 955 Reviews

Book Description
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 whe... More
Book Information
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
BindingHardcover (61 editions)
Reading LevelUncategorized
# of Pages560
ISBN-10B0023RSZZU
Publication Date03/14/2006
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The Creators
About Markus Zusak (Author) : Markus Zusak is a published author of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Markus Zusak include The Book Thief (Unabridged), I Am the Messenger (Unabridged), La lad... more
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Reader Comments
1/8/2015 Laura Pope said: This book gives a different perspective and it really made me think.
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1/12/2014 Lori Adams

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4/2/2013 J.Anthony Yuse tagged as: Inspired me

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2/13/2012 Al Stone said: I loved this book. The fact that it was told from the point of view of Death was pure genius. A poignant and moving tale with a satisfying ending. It's a must read.
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12/13/2011 Alyssa Rixe

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5/12/2011 Janet Marsten tagged as: I'm reading

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3/31/2011 Bruce Stacy tagged as: I recommend

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3/21/2011 bonnie bloy tagged as: I read

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12/18/2010 Bridgid Gallagher tagged as: I read

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11/19/2010 Ang Call tagged as: I read

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8/28/2010 Kim Winsch tagged as: I recommend

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8/15/2010 Shelley Workinger tagged as: I read

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8/6/2010 Carol Riggs said: Great book, almost poetic in the writing, with striking images. A very LONG book, but a good read, and thought-provoking.
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7/8/2010 Jeremy Tucker tagged as: Inspired me

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7/8/2010 Tina Moser tagged as: I read

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7/1/2010 Sheri Radford tagged as: I recommend

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6/5/2010 Jerome Parisse-Brassens tagged as: I read

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5/18/2010 Lucy Elliott said:
I had forgotten books can make you feel things. I was a wreck for a week after reading this book. The unique shifting perspectives contrasts that of an orphan child coming of age in WWII Germany with that of the persona of Death himself, two voices that have never before told the story of this war i... more

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3/19/2010 Ashley Taylor tagged as: I read

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11/6/2009 Katrina Gunderson said: I love this book. It's visual and speaks to my heart. I love this author as well

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11/3/2009 Petra Pollum tagged as: I read

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9/22/2009 Chelsea H tagged as: I recommend, Inspired me, I read

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9/19/2009 Nicole Redmond tagged as: Inspired me

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9/17/2009 Pam Hollenberg said: What a wonderful book. It offered such a different prospective. The first three chapters made so much more sense when I went back and read them after finishing the book.
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9/17/2009 Trista Falcon tagged as: I read

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9/13/2009 Diane Bedell said: Fantastic story, beautifully written, unique point of view. A slightly different perspective on life/struggles of the joe-average citizen in Nazi Germany. Sad but hopeful.
tags: I recommend

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7/27/2009 Tamara Schmidt said: Just absolutely loved the author's style of writing - fluid and seamless, painting a picture for me with every flip of the page. This is a book that I will always treasure - with a quality of writing and story that is something to aspire to.
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7/24/2009 Tracy O'Daniel

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7/17/2009 Michelle Dry said: Absolutely brilliant. The way he writes is wonderful.
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6/22/2009 Haley M. said: This was one of the best WWII books I have ever read. It really gives an insight to what life was like back then. The ending was depressing but unfortunately that was a reality in those times and it's good we don't forget that.
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5/14/2009 Sarah Mullen Gilbert said: This book is, for lack of proper accolades, amazing. The language, the imagery, the story, it is something you must experience for yourself. Read it now!
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4/6/2009 Kathleen Duble said: Great book.
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3/6/2009 Christine Davies tagged as: I read

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2/5/2009 Claudia Osmond said: Totally amazing!!
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1/29/2009 Lisa Knasiak said: Truly one of the best books I have ever read.
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1/9/2009 Michelle Ehrich said: I loved this book. The library book club had our largest ever group for the discussion. It was interesting to hear how people's own backgrounds and experiences colored their view of the book.
tags: Germany, Nazis, Jews, WWII, books

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12/23/2008 Ali B

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12/17/2008 Aletia Morstad said: WOW! i enjoyed this book to the fullest extent. It gave a different view of the events that took place in Germany in the 1940's. He writes in a way that is easy to read but has clear eloquence.

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10/25/2008 Angela Mann said: 25837

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8/3/2008 Stephanie McGregor said: This is a brilliant book. It starts a bit slow, but if you can hang in there a few chapters you will definitely be rewarded. I bought this on sale at Borders and left it sitting on my book shelf for ages (in the reading line-up). Once I started to read it I really had trouble putting it down.

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7/5/2008 Kate Lacy said: I was completely unprepared for the depth of enchantment I felt as a reader for The Book Thief. Read it! Let me approach my characters with this dual edged carving knife.

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7/5/2008 Martine McDonald said:
I CANNOT say enough good about this book. It is brilliant!! I wept, I laughed, I still do even when I flip through it. The prose are brilliant and slip off your tonguge, down your arms and into your hands and you want to savor them and cuddle them and soak the human beauty and sadness up. It is touc... more

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6/24/2008 Laurie Baxter said: This story is so touching. I can't wait to share this book with my students.

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3/28/2008 Kelly Sonnack said: What can I say that hasn't already been said? This is proof that a fresh voice on a story that's already been done before, but in a new and powerful way, can really touch people in a new and profound way.

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