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When we think of the Germans during World War II, we don't generally feel very sympathetic. This novel will change that.
The story centers on a young lady who lives in Germany during the rise and reign of Hitler. We hear stories of many people from her village, and their various reactions to Hitler's ideas. Some days she's just a young girl trying to get through school and have a bit of fun in the afternoon, and other days she's experiencing moments of terror. Historical fiction with an interesting perspective.
— Sheri, Raleigh
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 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.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
"From the Hardcover edition."