Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (5/5)

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Rating: 5 Stars

Target: Historical Fiction for Ages 10+. I’ll give my little brother my copy to read as soon as I can trust him to not repeat the mild swearing in it. He knows what the bad words are. And he probably already reads stuff like that…but eh, I just see him as a little kid still.

Category: Absolutely Have to Own a Copy and Read Again and Again

Alice Awards: Gold Favorites

Verdict: Everybody has gotta read The Book Thief. It’s not just about war; it’s about life.

Review: The Book Thief plays the human heartstrings. It makes you remember what it means to live. Liesel, a foster child in Nazi Germany, is just beginning to bloom, just beginning to grow into her soul and discover her love for writing. As the world around her begins to crumble, she’s symbolic of hope. In this story narrated (very originally) by Death, Liesel is so alive. Every character around her is also so very memorable. Her foster papa is warm and big-hearted with his accordion. Her foster mama calls everybody “pig” but has a good heart. Her best friend Rudy is simple, sweet and symbolic of childhood. Jewish runaway, Max, is like an older brother who guides her love for words.

For a week after I read this book, I felt like my heart was broken. Man, this is what a book should be. This is the sort of writing I’d like to write someday. I also watched the movie and loved it too.

Some scenes from the movie:

Liesel reads to Max in the cellar.


Liesel and a book


Liesel, Rudy and Mama sheltered in a basement during a bombing


Papa teaching Liesel to read



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