The Book Thief

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.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.

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. 

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
“The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times
“Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak Summary

The Book Thief is a historical novel by Australian author Markus Zusak and is his most popular work. Published in 2005, The Book Thief became an international bestseller and was translated into several languages. It was adapted into a 2013 feature film of the same name...

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The Book Thief - Markus Zusak Book Reviews (5,362)


Wonderfully Unique5 star

Artful and unique arrangement of structure, prose, flow, and presentation. 55


Nothing short of a masterpiece5 star

To start off, I just got done reading this book at 12 AM and the first thing I said when I finished was Wow. Just. Wow. The way this book was written made you feel so much like you were in the book with the characters and related to their emotions in a way that I have NEVER experienced with another book before. I have never really written a review before for anything like apps or books or movies until I finished this book. The SECOND I finished this I wanted to let other people know to not miss out by skipping this book. I personally try to find the best and most popular books out there like Harry Potter or the hunger games but this book was an unexpected treasure. I will tell everyone I know who likes to read to get this book ASAP. So all in all, if you are looking for an outstanding book to either read for yourselves or assign to your students THIS IS YOUR BOOK!!! Read it and trust me, you will not regret it in the slightest. 55


Good and has a really good lesson4 star

I loved this book well at first I was a little confused but then I got the message and excepted it for what is was. 45


LOVED IT5 star

This is by far one of my favorite books of all time 55

Caddy Adam

Thieving !!4 star

Wonderful story & an easy read with bits & touches of sadness !! I bet YOU can’t read this book without laughing out loud AND crying at least once !! 5 Stars but only cause they don’t have 6 !! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 45


My Favorite Book5 star

I remember picking up this book off the bookshelf in my moms classroom when I was in sixth grade. I had heard a little about it, and it sounded like an interesting story. I’m so glad I did. This story remains my favorite book. It is beautifully written, and the use of Death as the narrator- it’s incredible. As much as I love and treasure this book, I do have to say it is not for everyone. Many think it is a little slow, and they are correct- but the story is just so beautifully told, I was captivated. If you are a fan of historical fiction, 100% recommend. If not, I still suggest you give it a chance. 55


You must read this book!5 star

I both loved and hated this book. It was so heartbreaking but it got you thinking about the war and how truly horrible it was. It is a must-read, but be prepared to cry at the end. This book is beautifully written and unlike anything I’ve ever read. 55


Fist book on my list5 star

I don’t usually read books but for some reason I couldn’t peel my eyes away from “ the book thief”. it’s a wonderful story filled with humor and grief. Part of me wished the book never ended but of course everything ends. I recommend reading it, trust me it’s worth the time:) 55

Sister Jackson

Book Thief5 star in it stays with you. Work of art! 55

Timmy ,,,,,,

Hauntingly Beautiful5 star

A book narrated by Death is sure to make you cry, but The Book Thief is on a whole new level of well-developed characters and git-wrenchingly sad scenes, coupled with beautiful writing featuring asides with Death’s thoughts on humanity. One of my absolute favorites. 55





One of my favorite reads ever5 star

This book is beautifully written. At first, I wasn't too interested in reading it when first selected by my book club, but I'm sure glad I did. After taking a little to adjust to the writing style, I couldn't get enough of this rich, beautifully narrated story. One of my favorites of all time - I would recommend to anyone. 55

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RUDY5 star

WOW!!! THE. BEST. BOOK. EVER. I had to read the book for a book club. And I was not excited. But I forced myself to read it anyways. And I have never read a better book ever!!! My favorite character was undoubtedly Rudy. I LOVE RUDY SOOOOOOOO MUCH, I CAN NOT EVEN PUT IT INTO WORDS!!!! I loved his lemon colored hair, his personality, his love for Liesel. I wish that I could be Liesel, and he could love me like that. Every time she told him she would not kiss him, I wanted to scream, “LIESEL, HE WILL BE DEAD ONE DAY, AND YOU WILL SOOOOOOOOOO REGRET IT, JUST KISS HIM LIESEL, JUST ONE KISS, THATS ALL HE WANTS!!!” And I was a crying mess at the end of the book when Rudy died, and he was all I could think about for weeks after that!!! He has a HUGE part in my heart, and I miss him SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much. And I don’t like the movie as much as the book. They changed Rudy too much. I am tearing up right now just thinking about him…. I give this book millions of stars!!!! 55


Cliched, Pretentious and Badly Written1 star

Liesel is an unlikable Mary Sue, of the type that wins everyone's hearts by being a complete jerk. Her tragic backstory develops her not at all, instead being used as a shallow justification for being a jerk. Time skips back and forth, making the book nearly unreadable. Liesel's love interest is fundamentally creepy and can't take no for an answer. He harasses Liesel for the whole book, and his death is almost laughable in its clichedness. There is no coherent plot. Instead, the book picks up and drops plots randomly. Parental buse is portrayed as love. Even the supposed plot is nothing new. Everyone either loves or hates Liesel with no reason to do so. The only character who even reaches the second dimension is her father, who is a Gary Stu himself -- but still a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the book. The prose is awkward. Terrible metaphors appear on almost every page. The moon is almost a character. One of the protagonists wears blackface. This is portrayed as good and innocent. If you like overdone plots, unlikable protagonists, sexism, and racism, get this book. If you like quality, steer clear. 15


Amazing5 star

This book is an amazing empowering book I absolutely love it 55

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No1 star

Honestly this wasn't my favorite book to read😖 15


Exceptional Book5 star

Got the chance to read this book for an 8th grade reading assignment. We were supposed to read the book over a course of a month, and me, being the procrastinator that I am, decided to start on it 4 days before the dead line. I ended up skipping school the day of the dead line to finish the book, and I ended up spending the entire day on this book. It was one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read, and I plan on re-reading it very soon. Definitely one of my favorite books of all time. This book deserves all 5/5 stars. 55


Amazing5 star

I love this book. It is one of the best books ever! I suggest this book to passionate readers. 55


This book will change your life5 star

I can't remember how many times I've read The Book Thief but I know that each time it is like coming home after a long time away. Lisle's life is a roller coaster of emotions and the narrator's steady guidance through is amazing. Although my head belongs to Artemis Fowl, my soul to Harry Potter, my emotions to Charlie Bone, my heart belongs to The Book Thief. 55

Laura Amazingness


I've always loved reading and before reading The Book Thief I didn't have a favorite, but this book changed my mind. I have never read a 500 page book so fast. You will laugh, cry, and probably never love a book as much as this one ever again. My favorite part of this novel is that you knew what was going to happen from the beginning but you kept reading to figure out how and why. 55

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