Overview from Barnes and Nobel
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she 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 just finished reading The Book Thief. Probably the best book I have ever read. This will top my list for books in 2015. I cried. I smiled. I laughed out loud. All those emotions are what makes a good book become THE perfect book. I was a few chapters into the book before I realized who the narrator was. (I won't spoil it for you) The writing is superb. The characters are ones you will never forget. And you will come to love all of them. (Even the narrator, I'm afraid to say).
I've read a few books about World War II and Nazi Germany. But this book tells the story of a small girl, her foster parents, a hidden Jew in the basement, and a boy who loves her, in such a way that this might very well become one of the first books EVER that I want to read again.
Trust me! If you haven't read this book yet you should. You have to! It will become a classic. I can't wait to share it with my granddaughter. I've heard this book was written for young adults. But it most definitely should be read by all who can read.