The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Hi my name is Aija. I’m in 8th grade. I enjoy skiing, swimming and hiking.
Markus Zusak’s book The Book Thief might look a little intimidating with a length of 552 pages! It’s an extremely sad, well-structured book about Nazi Germany narrated by Death itself The reader is introduced to Death as the storyteller. Death is no Grim Reaper; he is kinder and gentler and feels sympathy for his victims. As Death himself says “I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the A’s.” Maybe so, but Death is so weak that he’s not very interesting or affecting. Fortunately, this book isn’t about Death (the character). Principally it is about Liesel Meminger, whose little brother dies just before Liesel’s mother leaves her with foster parents in a dismal town in southern Germany. Her new Papa is the implausibly angelic Hans Hubermann. Hans is a good person he even manages to love his wife, Rosa. Later on in Liesel’s troubled life she begins to fight with boys and becomes a thief. If You would like to follow Lisel on her fraudulent yet dejected journey. The Book Theif is a touching and thoughtful novel told by a young author. It’s truly engaging and channels emotions that you didn’t know you had. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone above age 13, because of explicit material and the difficulty of the text.