The Book Thief

Last months’ book club book was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  I’d heard from other people that this was an excellent read and they were right!  I loved this story, couldn’t put it down and it is now one of my favourite books. 

The Book Thief is a powerful story about a young girl, Leisel Meminger who, in 1939 travels by train with her mother and six-year old brother to Munich to be adopted by foster parents, Rosa and Hans Hubermann.

The story is told by a Narrator and the reader is taken back to the harrowing events of war-time Germany through the eyes of a child – struggling to find enough food, the burning of books,  soldiers marching through town, Jews being paraded along the streets,  sheltering in basements from raids by Allied bombers. 

Leisel is a strong girl who overcomes many struggles, including learning to read.  She falls in love with words and comes to understand how powerful words can be.  She does whatever she can to get her hands on as many books as possible – even if that means stealing them!

Leisel must also keep an important secret.  She helps the Hubermanns to protect Max Vandenburg, a Jew, who hides out in their basement for two years.  Leisel visits Max in the basement every day telling him about what she sees on the outside and giving him newspapers that she finds.  Max writes and illustrates a book for Leisel and it is beautiful.

I give The Book Thief 5 out of 5!

Anyone else love it as much as me?



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