Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Book Thief Book Review

The Book ThiefTitle: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre:  YA/Historical Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5

Why Did I Read? We decided to read it for book club and it was on my TBR Pile Challenge List.

Summary: 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. (Summary from

What Did I Love: EVERYTHING! Seriously though, this was a great book.
  • My favorite part of the whole thing was the fact that the author puts in all of these great history moments throughout the book.  It can be a great help to history and/or English teachers that need a resource to teach about the Holocaust and/or foreshadowing.  A great companion book to Number the Stars, Diary of Anne Frank, etc. 
  • The idea of having Death be the narrator
  • The way that it told a story with little stories inside of it
What Did I Hate: NOTHING! It got the coveted 5 out of 5.  Though I do not recommend listening to it on audio....I tried that back in the day---it gets a bit confusing with the definitions and interjections if you haven't read the book before.

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