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Author: Markus Zusak
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Language: English
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The Book Thief is the story of a young girl in Nazi Germany. Living with her foster family, she develops a love of books and slowly realizes the power of words, for both good and bad.

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Liesel Meminger and her young brother are being taken away from their parents who are communists. On the way to their foster home, the little boy dies. After the funeral, Liesel notices a book, The Grave Digger's Handbook, which she picks up and hides.

She then arrives at the home of their foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Hans notices that Liesel is having trouble sleeping at night. She is having nightmares about her dead brother and her mother. Hans plays the accordion for her and tells her stories. She begins to feel safe with him.

Rosa works as a washerwoman, taking in clothes from wealthy families and cleaning them. Liesel has the job of picking up and delivering the clothes. She soon develops a close friendship with a boy in the neighborhood, Rudy Steiner. Hans teaches her to read from the book she picked up by her brother's grave, The Grave Digger's Handbook.

Ilsa Hermann, the mayor’s wife, notices the girl’s love of books and invites Liesel to her house and allows her to choose books from her vast collection. Meanwhile, the Nazi presence becomes more and more evident as Jews are paraded in the streets on their way to isolated camps.

Hans decides to help the son of a Jewish friend who saved his life in the First World War. Max Vandenburg is hidden in the basement and Liesel develops a close bond with him. They both love books and stories and they both share a love and respect for Hans Hubermann. Meanwhile, as an economizing measure, many people including Ilsa stop using Rosa's services. Angered by this, Liesel stops visiting Ilsa, but enters the house furtively with Rudy and steals books.

As a punishment for Hans' actions in helping Jews, he is sent to serve in the army, as is Rudy's father. Fearing for Max's safety, Hans sends him away. Before leaving, Max entrusts Rosa with a gift for Liesel, a book called The Word Shaker, about a young girl who uses the power of words for good.

Liesel receives the book from Rosa, and she begins to realize how powerful words are, as Hitler and his men have been using them for their own purpose. The entire story is narrated by Death, who confesses himself as being haunted and puzzled by humans and their capacities for both good and evil.

About Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak is an Australian author of German descent.

He is also the author of The Underdog, The Messenger, When Dogs Cry, and Fighting Ruben Wolfe.

Markus Zusak was born in 1975. His book, The Messenger, won the CBC Book of the Year Award. He is best known for The Book Thief which has been translated into more than 30 languages. The book has been adapted into a movie.

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Author Markus Zusak
Author Info Australian author Markus Zusak grew up hearing stories about Nazi Germany, about the bombing of Munich and about Jews being marched through his mother?s small, German town. He always knew it was a story he wanted to tell.\n\n\'We have these images of the straight-marching lines of boys and the \"Heil Hitlers\" and this idea that everyone in Germany was in it together. But there still were rebellious children and people who didn?t follow the rules and people who hid Jews and other people in their houses.\'\n\nAt the age of 30, Zusak has already asserted himself as one of today?s most innovative and poetic novelists. With the publication of The Book Thief, he is now being dubbed a \'literary phenomenon\' by Australian and U.S. critics. Zusak is the award-winning recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney with his wife and new baby.
Book Details
Publisher RHCP
Imprint Definitions (Young Adult)
Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13 9781862302914
ISBN-10 186230291X
Language English
Edition 1st
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 592 Pages
Additional Features
Age Group 13 -18 Years
Dimensions
Width 37.0 inch
Height 198.0 inch
Weight 413.0 Grams
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