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... Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich during World War II. She 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.
Markus Zusak's groundbreaking novel is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
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"Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands.... Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward." -— School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||12 and up|
|Special Features||Mighty Girl Top Picks|
|Publication Date||Sep 11, 2007|
|Publisher||Alfred A. Knopf|