The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak


When Liesel a pure blood German girl was sent away from her mother to a foster home, she didn't know what she was going to do. In a house where everyone was referred to as Saumensch, Saukerl, or Arshloch. She never expected that she would ever like the place, even a little bit, but she did. She learned to cherish her stolen books as much as you or I would love our dog. Whether she got them off the ground at her brother's funeral or the Mayor's library. She would often have nightmares, then her new/foster papa would come and read with her, in the wee hours of the morning. She lived with her foster family and Max, a Jew living in their basement on Munich Street. In a small house, almost always full of noise whether made from screaming or the accordion.

She made friends too. Her best friend was named Rudy. They had many adventures together from stealing apples and potatoes, to Rudy always begging for a kiss. When they were both enrolled for Hitler Youth, they started to mature a little bit more every day. Her new father and Rudy's father were both enlisted in the Army, which caused lots of troubles. Everyone was missed.

Real Life Practices

Liesel and her foster parents are tested over many things including; keeping secrets, keeping their cool in times of strife, and working as a team.


People who would like to read this book

If you're reluctant to do this project or are looking for something fiction that is very easy to read (no difficult thought processes) then I think you will like this book. Although it is a bit longer than most book options- it's definitely worth it! It gave an amazing new perspective on the Holocaust, (being from Death's point of view). If you're someone who cries easily I recommend reading the last 100 pages at home...

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ***