Written from the point of view of Death, this wryly narrated book tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a young German girl living in the birthplace of Nazism during World War II. The Book Thief focuses on Liesel’s love of books and how books help her, her family and her community cope with the horrors of war.
If you love the written word, Zusak’s subject matter and writing style will pull you into Liesel’s world. Many people have trouble getting into the story at first, but I say give it at least one-hundred pages. I was hooked from page one; this is one the best young adult novels I have ever read. The Book Thief is highly recommended for both teens and adults.