The Book Thief
Hans Hubermann- after Liesel enters his home, he becomes her father figure and teacher since she cannot read at the beginning of the novel. He is a painter and accordian player with a gentle and calm nature.
Rosa Hubermann- Hans's wife and Liesel's mother figure. She is harsh-spoken and quick to anger, but loves her husband and "daughter" all the same.
Rudy Steiner- Liesel Meminger's best friend and partner in crime. He often helps Liesel steal crops from the farmers and books from the Mayor's wife. A devoted friend, he can be found by Liesel's side throughout most of the story.
With richly evocative imagery and compelling characters, Zusak explores behind-the-lines life in World War II Germany, showing the day-to-day heroism of ordinary people. -Barbara Wysocki(Library Journal)
The writing is elegant, philosophical and moving. Even at its length, it's a work to read slowly and savor. Beautiful and important. -Kirkus Reviews