The Book Thief BY: Markus zusak reviewed by Brian Ariza

Summary of the Novel

The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger, a nine-year-old German girl who was given up by her mother to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann (foster parents) in the small town of Molching in 1939, shortly before World War II. On their way to Molching, Liesel's younger brother, Werner, dies, and she is traumatized, experiencing nightmares about him for months. Hans is a gentle man who brings her comfort and helps her learn to read, starting with a book Liesel took from the cemetery where her brother was buried. Liesel meets a neighborhood boy, Rudy Steiner, who falls in love with her. At a book burning, Liesel realizes that her father was persecuted for being a Communist, and that her mother was likely killed by the Nazis for the same crime. She is seen stealing a book from the burning by the mayor's wife Ilsa Hermann, who later invites Liesel to read in her library.

Personal Review

The Book Thief is an emotional story of a young girl living in Germany during the Holocaust. In my opinion, I think everyone should read this book to really understand how life was as kid during the World War. Therefore, everyone who likes drama novels should be able to enjoy this amazing book that I'm presenting to you. The whole book takes place in Germany after Liesel was give up by her mother to some german people. This book is really interesting because Liesel was able to adapt to her new environment even when the war was going on in Europe. Some key elements that I enjoyed throughout the book was the fact that she risked her life everyday in order to read books. Not only was she risking her life for books, but her foster parents were risking her life by giving refuge to a young Jewish man hiding from the Nazi regime. Overall, this book was amazing and interesting because it showed that everyone has a passion for something and you can keep with that passion if you are determined.

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Liesel and Rudy would go to the track every week since Rudy was obsessed with Jesse Owens.
This uniforms reminded Liesel when her father needed to go to war.


When there were bombs arriving, Liesel's whole town needed to hide in the bomb shelter and Liesel would read to them.
Liesel would go to somebody's library and steal books in order to read.
This was the basement where the Jewish Refugee hid from the Nazis and Liesel would read to him.


"She is saying goodbye and she didn't even know it"

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