The Book Thief (Paperback)

Markus Zusak

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11 years +

Now a major motion picture starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, The Book Thief is a moving and breathtaking novel that young readers and adults will both be sure to devour.

Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, the country holds its breath, waiting on the brink of war. Young Liesel's life is changed forever as she stands by her brother's grave and picks up The Gravedigger's Handbook from the snow, committing her first act of book thievery and changing her life forever... So follows her love affair with books in an increasingly dangerous time. When her foster family hide a Jewish boy in their basement her world is both opened up and shut down, but the power of words and the ability for books to feed the soul is explored and enjoyed by both youngsters.

Superbly crafted and incredibly moving, children aged 11+ simply must read this award-winning tale which has proved to be one of the most enduring and respected of recent times.


Product Details

  • Product code: MZK2
  • ISBN: 9781862302914
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.7cm x 12.8cm
  • Pages: 592
  • Publish date: Thu Jan 03 00:00:00 GMT 2008
  • Book points: 0

Red House Reader Review

Reader review: The Book Thief - Paperback - 9781862302914
Laura Stevens
Red House Reviewer

The Book Thief is an extraordinary story told by Death, about a girl named Liesel Meminger who goes to live with the Hubermanns, her foster parents, in the late 1930s in Nazi Germany.

Liesel steals her first book at her brother's burial, after he dies suddenly. Her foster father teaches her to read and from then on she falls in love with books, taking them from wherever she can. But war and politics change everything, and Liesel's world is torn apart.

This is a fantastically powerful book, written in an unusual but effective way. I am a huge fan of books set in historical eras and so I found this book really fascinating. I would recommend it to anybody who loves historical fiction!

Reader review: The Book Thief - Paperback - 9781862302914
Charlotte Westwood
Red House Reviewer

Principally the story of a nine-year-old girl callled Liesel who grows up with a foster family under the grim shadow of the Third Reich after her parents were taken to a concentration camp and her brother has died. However, the story is not told by Liesel herself or by a third person narrator but by Death itself, a death purporting to be "amiable, agreeable and affable". The story begins when Liesel steals a book from a graveyard and her foster father teaches her to read. Soon a love of the printed word grows among Liesel's family and neighbours in Himmel Street, and a life-affirming spirit emerges that is greater than all the hardships faced. I quickly became absorbed in Liesel's fate and wanted to know what happened to her. With over 570 pages, this is a book about a horrific and sad period in history, a novel which won't leave any reader untouched. Recommended!

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The final line will haunt you forever -

A brilliant book, covering lots of themes and stories. The tragic life of Liesel; a look at WW2 from the other side; seeing how the German people coped with the war; the sad fate of the German Jews; and the power of books and how they can heal, unite and empower people.

Read it, love it and cry about it... don't forget the final line... no sneaky peeking!

Kim , Sun Jul 31 08:21:08 BST 2016

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Will stay with you for a long, long time. -

I asked my sister if it was sad and she said 'well, it's a book narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany, what do you think? But you should still read it.'

So I did, and she was right.

SparklesJD , Sun Apr 24 11:27:41 BST 2016

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Thanks for the review

With its narration by Death, this is a unique book that stirs up all kinds of emotions. We're so glad you enjoyed it.

Ryan, Book People, Mon Apr 25 09:02:11 BST 2016

Wonderful. Felt like I was there -

Amazing book. A wonderful insight to what life felt like. Tears and laughter, pride and terror. I felt them all. And a love for books running through it all was the icing on the cake for a book lover like myself.

Pauline , Mon Jan 11 23:10:35 GMT 2016

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Utterly beautiful -

This book was amazing. I loved every second of it and I will definitely read it again in the future. I recommend this to people over the age of 14 because it is quite heavy going but utterly beautiful and needs to be understood. The fact that the narrator was someone who you wouldn't expect made the whole book a lot more interesting. I loved this book and I would suggest that you read it.

Lidsters , Fri Oct 02 21:01:53 BST 2015

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A modern classic -

Beautifully written, tantalising story of a young girl and her love for words, family and humankind. The Book Thief is an emotional roller-coaster narrated by none other but Death oneself. It's a riveting portrait of people subjected to the horrors of war and this story has only one real villain we never encounter in the flesh - The Fuhrer. Zusak's style reminds me a bit of Antoine de Saint-Exupery - light, yet highlighted by darker undertones; childlike - albeit deep and ragingly intellectual... The Book Thief made me cry. The Book Thief made me laugh. The Book Thief uncovered an extra layer of appreciation for the world that surrounds us, I thought I lost. And yes, It made me cry. Perhaps because it resonated with me on a personal level my Grandfather kept a Jewish family concealed in the basement of my family home. It's just a small story, really, about, amongst other things: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery.

Konrad , Mon May 26 12:11:34 BST 2014

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