Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Historical
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.
By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.
So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
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The author, Markus Zusak did a magnificent job at creating the funny and tragic situations, even combining them from time to time. Our host of the book, Death, isn't one to sugar coat the truth. In fact, Death often reveals twists in the plot long before they appear leaving a person waiting to see how such a thing could happen.
Set during the second world war in Germany, I can't help but think back to my school days and learning of Germany and Hitler. As a kid, I'd always associated the country with the man instead of the individuals. Of course, it took a little adulthood to enlighten me that not ever German was Hitler. Not every country kid was in 4-H etc. etc. I think that's why I loved that this book was considered a YA. In grade school I was reading a lot of YA and this book would have been eye opening for an eight or nine year old, if not a little old for a kid that age but more than likely, I'd have read it anyway.
It centers around Liesel, a foster child who'd stolen her first book before she could even read. It navigates through a childhood while the Fuhrer's liquify rise to power coats the background. The man himself must have been one smooth talker. Either way, Liesel makes some powerful friendships that have clung to my mind long after I've put this book away.
About the Author:
Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.
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