The Book Thief

The Book Thief

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Ages 13+
Paperback Books
ISBN 13: 978-0-37-584220-7
576 Pages
Dimensions: 1.3L x 5.1W x 7.9H inches
Weight (lbs): 0.97
English Language
Publisher: Random House
Subject & Themes: Character and Values, Stories of Diversity
Genre: Historical Fiction
Skills: 9-10 Common Core Text Exemplar
Awards: Printz Award Honor, Edwards Award


With complex characters, short chapters, poetic writing, and startling humor, this remarkable tour de force celebrates the life-saving power of art.


An incredible young adult novel about how a young girl's love of books helps a community survive World War II and the Holocaust.

It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, this groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


Markus Zusak is the author of I Am the Messenger, winner of the Children's Book Council Book of the Year in Australia, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Getting the Girl. The author lives in Sydney, Australia.

From the Hardcover edition.

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