The Book Thief is set in Nazi Germany and is narrated by Death. The main character is a little German girl named Liesel Meminger, who goes to live with foster parents. Her mother is gone and her brother is dead.
She steals her first book off a corpse and the rescues/ steals some subsequent books. Her foster father, Hans, teaches her to read and she becomes an avid reader. She is a smart, tough little girl who likes to play football with the boys. She befriends a boy called Rudy, who is her neighbour, and they become inseparable. She and her foster family do not share the Nazi ideals. They hide a Jewish man, Max, in their basement who becomes a very good friend to both Liesel and her family. Though, hiding Max does put them in a very precarious situation.
The novel is perhaps a little heavy for vacation reading, but it has many light moments and is really well written. A very intriguing and mesmerizing read. The book includes German phrases, but they are also explained in English. It is a beautiful story about humanity, love and friendship.
You would probably like this if you like The Boy in Striped Pajamas. I would recommend this book. There has been a movie made about this book, but I haven’t seen it yet.
I would highly recommend this book.
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