The Book Thief

// March 30th, 2014 // Book Reviews

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak


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.

My Book Review:

My mom told me about this book, and I was like, “Hey, that sounds cool!” She decided to let me read it, even though it had some curse words and there were some difficult topics in it. Speaking of, I DO NOT recommend this book to any child who does not have permission from their parents. But, anyway, it’s a really good book!

The narrator in this story was none other than Death himself. It was very interesting to hear this story from the point of view of Death. He talked about the colors; sometimes blood red, sometimes pale white, sometimes the blackest black. The most interesting part was that the story took place during WWII when Death narrates the story to us. Death was pretty busy during that time period!

The story was about Liesel Meminger. Her brother died, and her mother left her in the care of a foster family. The thing is, they didn’t live in England. They didn’t live in the USA. They lived in Germany, in a small town on the outskirts of Munich. Someone living in Germany may not be important, but someone living in Nazi Germany is worth writing a story about!

In most books, if a character is from another country, the dialogue in the book would still be in English, so we can read it. But in this book, sometimes they spoke German, sometimes English. When they actually did speak in German, Death translates the words for us, so we can understand.

The book was very interesting, one reason being that a lot of German’s views of the Nazis were explored. Some people in the book didn’t exactly like the Nazis, like Liesel’s foster parents. Some people worshiped Hitler like a god. Liesel’s foster parents, not liking the Nazis very much, kept a Jew safe in their basement. The Jew’s name was Max. Max and Liesel became best friends. They both loved books a lot, and had a lot of other things in common. The reason the book was called the Book Thief was because Liesel loved reading books. She would do anything to get books, including stealing!

I would definitely rate this book 10 out of 10, in a blink of an eye. And I do. I recommend it to people who enjoy historical fiction, but you should get permission from your parents, first. WARNING!!! THIS BOOK IS NARRATED BY DEATH AND OBVIOUSLY WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TRAGEDY IN IT! So, happy thieving! Wait, wait, I meant happy reading!

3 Responses to “The Book Thief”

  1. Ronni says:

    This was an excellent review! My 14-year-old daughter read it, and my 11-year-old daughter will read it, too. Thanks so much for the recommendation.

  2. Oliver Reinhardt says:

    Wow. So happy that you read it. It is BY FAR the BEST book I ever read. Everyone should read it at some part of their lives. Great review, too. The only thing it is missing is a big shoutout to the guy who recommended it! Me!
    See you soon!

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