The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Knowledge - Option 1

Markus Zusak's beautifully wriiten novel gained its title from the protagonist's favourite past time, reading. Liesel's foster father, Hans, read to her every night, fueling her love of books. Though poverty and war time hindered Liesel's ability to have access to new books, she took every opportunity to find new ways to "borrow" them. This included stealing books belonging to her foster mum's laundry clients. She kept a record of all the books she has read, and called it The Book Thief.


The significance of the title goes beyond the literal. The book thief uses her "loot" to establish bonds with the other characters in the book, most notably, Max. She spent time every day with the Jewish fugitive, reading to him. This helps establish a lifelong friendship that lasts well beyond the war.

Comprehension - Option 3

Quote 1: "Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day." Quote 2: "A small but noteworthy note. I've seen so many young men over the years who think they're running at other young men. They are not. They are running at me.”Quote 3: Quote 4:Quote 5:

Application - Creative Project

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

Analysis - Option 1

Liesel undertakes a major transformation in the novel as her innocence is corroded by her experience of World World II. At the beginning of the novel, Liesel is dealing with the aftermath of her family's death. With great uncertainty and anticipation, she arrives at her new foster home.