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Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Found in: Secondary

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is classified as one of the most classic, heartbreaking and stunning books you will ever read.

Written throughout World War II the story follows a little girl, Liesel Meminger, who was adopted into a German family. Narrated by 'Death' itself, The Book Thief follows Liesel throughout three years of the War as a German girl and the dangers she encountered going against Adolf Hitler.

First, when she stole a book from her brother's graveyard and all the others she stole from the Mayor's wives library and until her and her family harboured a Jewish fighter during the 1940's. The story starts off with Liesel on a train with her younger brother and mother going to Germany so Liesel and her brother can be adopted. Her bother has a fatal heart attack and dies. At the funeral, this is where Liesel picks up her first book, The Gravediggers Handbook. Her nightmares in her new home encourage her new father, Hans Hubermann, to start her new lessons in reading.

After a few months, she meets Rudy a blonde haired German with a mischievous attitude who always bugged Liesel for a kiss. Fast forward a few years and a Jew named Max comes knocking on their door asking for shelter. The Hubermann's agree and it began many troubled times in the Hubermann's household. Hiding from the NAZI party as well as giving no clues, they were hiding a Jew in their basement. It continued on Max encourages Liesel's reading until he leaves saying it caused too much trouble. The next parts are heartbreaking and stunning with a description that will force you to imagine the scene. This book is a piece of artwork and though it will leave you in pieces at the end, I recommend this book a thousand times over.

Perfect for fans of World War II, the Boy in Striped Pyjamas, and stories that'll leave you crying for days.

Written by Amber B