The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak (550 pages)

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Setting and Context


The story takes place in Munich, Germany on 33 Himmel Street, where Liesel Meminger and her best friend Rudy Steiner live.


In the world of The Book Thief, Liesel's brother has died, and her Mother has put up for foster care. Hans and Rosa Hubermann become her new foster parents, and are teaching her their rules and Rosa's daily routine, so Leisel can help her. Later they get a visitor named Max Vandenburg who is a Jew, and the Hubermann household does everything to keep him alive.

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The Book Thief Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson Movie HD


Main Character (Protagonist) - Liesel Meminger

Liesel Meminger is a foster child to Hans and Rosa Hubermann. She had a brother named Werner who unfortunately died right before Liesel went to the Hubermann's house. Her best friend is Rudy Steiner, and they live on 33 Himmel Street.

"I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."

-Liesel Meminger

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Main Character ( Antagonist) - Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler was the Nazi leader in WW II, and he condemns all the Jews that were found to concentration camps, and that is exactly what happened. Every Jew that Hitler found was put in a concentration camp, so he could demolish them.
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Hans Hubermann

Hans Hubermann is Liesel's foster father, and he enjoys playing the accordion that used to belong to his friend Erik Vandenburg. Hans is later drafted into the Nazi army near the end of the book.
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Rosa Hubermann

Rosa Hubermann is Liesel's foster mother, and her favorite thing to call people is "pig" in German. When her husband, Hans, gets drafted, she would alway fall asleep with his accordion in her lap.

Minor Characters

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Main Conflict

Man Vs Society:

The main conflict in The Book Thief is a Man Vs Society. Throughout the novel, everyone in the Hubermann household is trying to keep Max alive, and to stay a secret from anyone who doesn't live in their house. They were almost caught when the Gestapo came and were looking for a good basement to use as a bomb shelter. Max was hiding in the basement, so the idea of the basement being a bomb shelter wouldn't work, but of course it wasn't their decision. Max didn't have enough time too leave the basement so he hid very quickly, and somehow they got away with hiding a Jew in there basement.


Likes and Dislikes


The parts in the novel that I liked, was when Viktor Chemmel threw Liesel's book into the river, and Rudy jumped in to retrieve it for her. Another part that I enjoyed, was when Liesel and Rudy went to the Mayor's house to steal one of Ilsa Hermann's books, and Rudy leaves Liesel's shoes in front of the window.


The part in the book that I disliked, was when everyone dies. It sounds exaggerated, but it is true. In the middle of the night, while everyone was asleep, a bomb hit Munich, and everyone on 33 Himmel Street died except Liesel because she was in the basement writing her book.

My Favorite Part

My favorite part in the book is when Rudy dies because throughout the entire story, Rudy had been asking Liesel to kiss him. Although he came very close to getting his kiss, he ended up dying before he could get it. When Rudy died, Liesel went to his house and gave him his kiss.

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