The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is about a little girl named Liesel. She is transferred into a new home with foster parents, Rosa and Hans Hubberman. The story is told by Death, whose character you come to respect and even start to feel sorry for. The Book Thief takes place in Nazi Germany, at the beginning of World War Two. On the train to her new home, Liesel’s brother dies. At the burial of her brother, which was next to the train, the gravediggers apprentice dropped a book called “The Gravediggers Handbook”. That book became the start of The Book Thief’s book stealing carrier. Liesel’s foster mother, Rosa, did the laundry for the rich in town including the mayors and his wife. The mayor’s wife has a huge library. Liesel starts to sneak into the library through the window to steal the books. Liesel has the help of her next door neighbor, Rudy Stiener. Rudy always helps her steal everything from apples to books. Before Liesel stole books, she never knew how to read or write. Hans started to do a “midnight class”. “Midnight Class” is where Hans teaches Liesel to read and write. While all of this is happening, Liesel forms a bond with Max. Max is a Jewish man who the Hubbermans are hiding in their basement.
The authors writing style is a little wordy but it gives the full effect of the situation. The only thing I would tell other teens about before reading the book is to not give up on the book but to keep reading!! :) Other teens should also to read the book before watching the movie. I would recommend this book to any teens that have an interest in the holocaust. Amanda P., Teen Book Reviewer