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The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

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

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger'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 mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

The Book Thief is a story about the power of words to make worlds. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

About the Author

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including The Messenger and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

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  • Easy to read (4)
  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Well written (4)
  • Informative (3)

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    5.0

    Searingly Brilliant! Heartrending!

    By Melly the marathon reader

    from Kyogle NSW

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    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Movie
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      Delivered quickly so I read it before watching the movie - so much more in it than a movie can include.

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      4.0

      Bit hard to get into then totally rapt

      By elaine

      from Tweed Heads NSW

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      • Easy To Read
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      • Informative
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        Comments about The Book Thief:

        It really hits on what happened during WW2 in Germany

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        5.0

        great reading

        By great reading

        from Roleystone Perth WA

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          took a while to get here.but worth it.

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          5.0

          Great book Great reading

          By Lainey

          from Dromedary

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            Just a great book to read

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            4.0

            Laughter and tears will be shed.

            By I love books

            from Sydney Australia

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              Easy and interesting read.

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              5.0

              WOW,I have bought this book twice

              By ladyscottau

              from Adelaide, Australia.

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              • Engaging characters
              • Made Me Laugh Made Me Cr
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                Comments about The Book Thief:

                550 pages in 2 days, couldn't put it down. Made me laugh, made me cry.
                So good bought my daughter a copy and posted it right away, she also read it in 2 days. A WONDERFULL story,beautifully told. Will read it again.

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                ISBN: 9781742613314
                ISBN-10: 1742613314
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 600
                Published: 1st November 2013
                Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.8
                Weight (kg): 0.42