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The Book Thief ( Readers Circle) (Reprint) (Paperback) by Markus Zusak

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About the Book

Set during World War II in Germany, Zusaks groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing, encounters something she cant resist: books.

Book Synopsis

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times.

Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

"The kind of book that can be life-changing." --The New York Times

"Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank." --USA Today


Review Quotes

"Brilliant and hugely ambitious...Some will argue that a book so difficult and sad may not be appropriate for teenage readers...Adults will probably like it (this one did), but it's a great young-adult novel...It's the kind of book that can be life-changing, because without ever denying the essential amorality and randomness of the natural order, The Book Thief offers us a believable hard-won hope...The hope we see in Liesel is unassailable, the kind you can hang on to in the midst of poverty and war and violence. Young readers need such alternatives to ideological rigidity, and such explorations of how stories matter. And so, come to think of it, do adults." -New York Times, May 14, 2006

"The Book Thief is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader's mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night. It seems poised to become a classic."
- USA Today

"Zusak doesn't sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five with grim, darkly consoling humor."
- Time Magazine

"Elegant, philosophical and moving...Beautiful and important."
- Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"This hefty volume is an achievement...a challenging book in both length
and subject..."
- Publisher's Weekly, Starred

"One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years."
- The Wall Street Journal

"Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak's poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour de force to be not just read but inhabited."
- The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

"An extraordinary narrative."
- School Library Journal, Starred

"The Book Thief will be appreciated for Mr. Zusak's audacity, also on display in his earlier I Am the Messenger. It will be widely read and admired because it tells a story in which books become treasures. And because there's no arguing with a sentiment like that."
- New York Times

About The Author

Markus Zusak is the internationally bestselling author of six novels, including The Book Thief and most recently, Bridge of Clay. His work is translated into more than forty languages, and has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia.

All of Zusak's books - including earlier titles, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, When Dogs Cry (also titled Getting the Girl), and The Messenger (or I am the Messenger) - have been awarded numerous honors around the world, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers.

In 2013, The Book Thief was made into a major motion picture, and in 2018 was voted one of America's all-time favorite books, achieving the 14th position on the PBS Great American Read. Also in 2018, Bridge of Clay was selected as a best book of the year in publications ranging from Entertainment Weekly to the Wall Street Journal.

Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.

Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x 1.4 Inches (D)
Weight: 1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 13-19 Years
Number of Pages: 552
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Historical / Holocaust
Series Title: Readers Circle
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
Format: Paperback
Author: Markus Zusak
Language: English
Street Date: September 11, 2007
TCIN: 11325373
UPC: 9780375842207
Item Number (DPCI): 059-13-0490
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 8 inches length x 5.25 inches width x 1.25 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.9 pounds
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4.7 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews
100% would recommend
6 recommendations

If you like historical fiction, 10/10 recommend

5 out of 5 stars
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Tammy - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
This author is such an excellent story teller. Written so well, character building is exceptional! I am almost done with this book and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! It took about one chapter for me to really get the hang of it and I have been hooked since. As soon as I'm done, I will be on the hunt for my next book from this author.
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Great book

5 out of 5 stars
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T - 1 year ago
Soo slay a really good book and it always kept you on your toes
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5 out of 5 stars
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Catlover - 1 year ago
Loved this entire book had me on my toes.
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Great Book!!

5 out of 5 stars
imsad - 2 years ago
I loved this book so much, it was really good and I really enjoyed reading it!
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Great story- will linger even after you are done

5 out of 5 stars
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HauteInTX - 3 years ago
When friends ask, there are several books on my Must Read list, and this one is towards the top. It is told in a unique way, and will stick with you long after you have finished it. It does have many dark moments, but it is not an overall depressing book. There aren’t many books that really make you think, or change your view of the world. When I find one, I encourage everyone I know to read it. This is one of those books.
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5 out of 5 stars
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The book reader - 5 years ago, Verified purchaser
This is such an amazing book, a little on the expensive side but worth the purchase. It got here the day they said it was and was in perfect condition.
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The Book Thief

5 out of 5 stars
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Bookish - 7 years ago, Verified purchaser
The Book Thief is a wonderfully poinent story set in WWII, that I read then gave to a friend. Just purchased a second to use as a gift.
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5 out of 5 stars
Jessi - 10 years ago
I love reading books that relate to World War II and so far this book has been amazing. I am only half way done, and am so excited to see what is in store for the rest of the book. Best part is that the movie is out, which I will go see soon when I am done with this book! Very suspensful and insightful!
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Great Read!

5 out of 5 stars
- 14 years ago
I just finished The Book Thief and must admit i enjoyed it immensely. It its very well written and draws you in. You will laugh, cry and love with Liesel. The characters are all so wonderful in their own way. :) Highly recommended.
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