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
The extraordinary #1 "New York Times" bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. 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. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of "I Am the Messenger, " has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
About the Author
Markus Zusak is the author of I Am the Messenger, a Printz Honor Book and "Los Angeles Times" Book Award Finalist, and the international bestseller, "The Book Thief, " which has been translated into over thirty languages and has sold nine million copies around the world. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.