Teen Book Review: The Book Thief

Submitted by jill on June 8, 2013 - 12:41pm


The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Review by Fallon, Northwest Branch

     Living in Nazi Germany hasn't been easy for Liesel Meminger. With both her parents gone and brother dead, she is adopted by the Hubberman's at the age of ten. She finds a friend in blond Rudy Steiner, along with a few enemies. Her adoptive father, Hans, begins teaching her to read using a book she stole from the snow beside her brother's grave. Told from the perspective of a not-so malicios death, The Book Thief chronicles the next four years of Liesel's life, from simple childhood joys to the danger of the war.

     This book is one of my favorites. It gave an insight to Germans who were not pleased with Hitler's plans but were still suppressed with violence and other threats. The book also described some of the propaganda used by the Nazis, but what I liked most about this book was the balance. While it talked about the dark times Germany and the rest f the world faced, a portion of the book was about Liesel growing up and her adventures with Rudy. I would recommend this book to anyone, regardless of what genre you read.


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