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Book Review - The Book Thief



From Goodreads:

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she discovers something she can't resist- books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever they are to be found.

With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel 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.

I can't say enough wonderful things about this book. It is not only the best book I've read this year, but it also makes the top ten list of my all-time favorites. I will enjoy reading it again and again.

Death is a heart-wrenching narrator and the foreshadowing in this tale is some of the best I've read. It intrigued me that our MC is a German girl, as I have so rarely seen that perspective in stories surrounding World War II. The supporting cast of characters explode from the pages as Zusak expertly weaves a tapestry of love, hope and the darkest despair.

At its heart The Book Thief is about the power of words, so I wanted to finish this review with an alphabetical list of the ones I would use to describe a story that in my opinion is a YA masterpiece.

Absorbing, Brilliant, Colorful, Descriptive, Elegant, Fragile, Gracious, Haunted, Innocent, Judicious, Kindhearted, Lyrical, Meaningful, Necessary, Outstanding, Personal, Quiet, Respectful, Sympathetic, Tearful, Unnerving, Valiant, Willful, Xanthocomic, Youthful, and Zoetic.

I urge you to pick this one up. You won't be disappointed.

14 comments:

Julie Hedlund said...

One of my all-time favorite books. Great review!

Claire Lachance said...

It sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review!

Jenna Cooper said...

I loved this book! I plan on rereading it soon!

Danette said...

I have heard lots of great things about this book. More from adults than kids- but glad to hear you enjoyed it also!

Summer Ross said...

Thanks for the review- it sounds interesting.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I read this ages ago - loved it then, love it now! Hmm, maybe I'll plan a re-read soon...

Holly L'Oiseau said...

I've heard so many good things...I've GOT to pick this book!

Zan Marie said...

Wow, The Book Thief does sound good!
Hi, Lisa. You are I share a group again at Rach's Campaign. See you around. ; )

Old Kitty said...

Anything zoetic must be good! :-)

Thanks for a fab review and intro to this book - it's always great to read a most heartfelt review - books that truly touch one's soul! Take care
x

The Golden Eagle said...

I love this book! :)

David Powers King said...

Hello, fellow campaigner! I'm not in your group (but I am a YA author), but I still wanted to check out your blog and say, "HI!"

Nice blurb. I'll have to look into this one. Thanks for posting it! :)

Jennifer Groepl said...

I'm going to add it to my to-read list. Thanks for the review!

Jessica Love said...

This is one of my very favorites.

L'Aussie said...

Love this book. I'm on my third read as I teach it to my Year 11s. Great review.

Denise

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