"The Book Thief" reviewed by Megan Mishler on November 14, 2014

Megan Mishler
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
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By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the major's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down. When I read this book the first time, I thought it was the most amazing book ever. It seemed to change me as I was reading it to more of and understanding of what life was actually like in the late 30's and 40's. I love the way the author constructed the book and built the characters. Definitely flawless!
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If you liked this book, I would recommend The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Unlike The Book Thief, The Diary of a Young Girl is a true story, so to me it was much more impacting.
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Yes! I would recommend to read the book before you see the movie! This will be one of the best books you will read!
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