The Book Thief is a historical novel by Australian author Markus Zusak and is his most popular work. Published in , The Book Thief became an international. The Book Thief was published as Young Adult novel. Don't you believe it. This is a wonderful novel, appropriate for adults of young, middle and advanced years. Everyone should read Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, says Philip Ardagh. resonates as one reads Markus Zusak's truly remarkable novel.

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The Australian writer Markus Zusak's brilliant and hugely ambitious new young- adult novel is startling in many ways, but the first thing many. Read Common Sense Media's The Book Thief review, age rating, and parents young adult literature from being either a children's book or an adult novel?. DON'T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK'S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF. The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a.

Published in , The Book Thief became an international bestseller and was translated into several languages. It was adapted into a feature film of the same name.

After the death of Liesel's younger brother on a train to Molching, on the outskirts of Munich , Liesel arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann, distraught and withdrawn. During her time there, she is exposed to the horrors of the Nazi regime , caught between the innocence of childhood and the maturity demanded by her destructive surroundings.

As the political situation in Germany deteriorates, her foster parents conceal a Jewish fist fighter named Max Vandenburg.

It's a steal

Hans, who has developed a close relationship with Liesel, teaches her to read, first in her bedroom, then in the basement. Recognizing the power of writing and sharing the written word, Liesel not only begins to steal books that the Nazi party is looking to destroy, but also writes her own story, and shares the power of language with Max.

One night, Max secretly leaves the Hubermanns' home because he thinks he is trouble for the Hubermanns. He is caught by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp with Liesel watching. Quite a long time later, bombs fall on Molching, blasting the Hubermanns' home and killing the Hubermanns, but not Liesel, as she was in the basement writing her book.

It is later told that Max survived the concentration camp. We also are exposed to the personality of death as the narrator. Over the course of the book he proves to be a morose, yet caring character.

Death , the collector of souls, arrayed in any or all the world's colors when it comes, narrates the story of a young girl coming of age during horrific times—that of Nazi Germany and World War II. To the reader, Death insists that it "most definitely can be cheerful", even affable, but also relates that it most certainly cannot be nice.

And sometimes Death is "compelled" to take action in sympathy with the human story. Death sees the colors around him before he sees anything else. The story is told from his point of view, over the three times he sees the main character Liesel Meminger. The protagonist of the story is an adopted girl on the verge of adolescence, with blonde hair that is "a close enough brand of German blonde" and a "smile that is starving" when she shows it.

Her eyes, however, are brown.

Fighting for Their Lives

She is fostered by the Hubermanns after her biological father "abandons" their family, her brother dies, and her mother is forced to send her to a foster home due to her belief communism , which is forbidden at the time. Liesel is the "book thief" referred to in the title. Liesel is fascinated by the power of words, as shown in the quotation, "I have hated the words and I have loved them.

Liesel's foster father and husband of Rosa, Hans is a former German soldier during World War I , accordion player, and painter.

He develops a close and loving relationship with Liesel, and becomes a main source of strength and support for her throughout the novel. He, like Liesel, doesn't have much experience with reading.

Together, the two help each other with reading and write all the words they learn on a wall in the basement with his cans of white paint. Liesel's sharp-tongued, often abrasive, foster mother, she has a "wardrobe" build and a displeased face, brown-grey tightly-cinched hair often tied up in a bun, and "chlorinated" eyes.

Despite her temper, she is a loving wife to Hans and mother to Liesel. To supplement the household income, she does washing and ironing for five of the wealthier households in Molching.

Another, lesser known fact about Rosa, is that she has a penchant for Pacific Tree Walrus blubber. This was revealed to the 'Today Show' in an interview with the author.

Liesel's neighbor, Rudy, has bony legs, blue eyes, lemon-colored hair and a penchant for getting in the middle of situations when he shouldn't. Despite having the appearance of an archetypal German, he does not directly support the Nazis.

As a member of a relatively poor household with six children, Rudy is habitually hungry. He is known throughout the neighborhood because of the " Jesse Owens incident", in which he colored himself black with charcoal one night and ran one hundred meters at the local sports field.

He is academically and athletically gifted, which attracts the attention of Nazi Party officials, leading to an attempted recruitment. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more.

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In addition to Liesel, the book thief of the title, characters who particularly stand out are Rudy Steiner, a close friend who is obsessed with the black athlete Jesse Owens; Ilsa Hermann, the mayor's wife, who has never recovered from the loss of her own son; both of Liesel's adoptive parents; and Max himself, who writes and illustrates a strangely beautiful short story for Liesel over whitewashed pages from a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf.

Zusak, an Australian author, has said that writing the book was inspired by two real-life events related to him by his German parents: It is, however, the way in which Zusak combines such terrible events with such believable characters and the minutiae of everyday life in Nazi Germany that makes this book so special. A number one New York Times bestseller, The Book Thief has been marketed as an older children's book in some countries and as an adult novel in others.

It could and - dare I say? Unsettling, thought-provoking, life-affirming, triumphant and tragic, this is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told.

It is an important piece of work, but also a wonderful page-turner.Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak: On that same note, you don't need to add comments telling me that I didn't like the book because I "don't know how to read" and "don't understand metaphors.

It's only the first of what will become a series of book thefts. Continue reading the main story Liesel is a very well-drawn character and immensely likable , but many young readers will find the going slow until Max Vandenburg, a year-old Jewish boxer, shows up at the family doorstep.

Very relevant and everything. Printz Award.

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