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 (5,233)

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


Beautifully detailed5 star

This has become one of my all time favorite books ever!! It was completely unexpected, it’s written... I don’t know how to put it into words; written in full color is the best description I have. I recommend it to anyone I know that loves a good book, and would be mandatory lit reading if I had a say :) 55


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The Book thief4 star

My 80 year old mom told me about this book and said it was on her favorite list After reading it is now on my favorite list also p2w4 45


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


Beautifully Written4 star

"The Book Thief" I thought was a very slow moving story. A book I thought I would never finish. It is not a page turner book. However, I do appreciate the unique style of writing. The narrator speaks very poetically throughout the entire story and allows you to clearly envision what is happening because his choice of words are so vivid. At the end of the day, it is a very touching story, but lacks the material to make you want to pick up the book to continue reading after you've put it down. I've had this book for 3 months and I just finished it. I have to admit it did make me cry. I wouldn't recommend the book for its' story, but I would recommend it for it's unique style of writing. 45


Frighteningly beautiful5 star

Unique and powerful way to get the awfulness of WWII Germany served palatably to jaded readers. I've read so many books set in WWII and didn't want to read another, but this book is on another transcendent level. I am recommending it to all my friends...even the ones who saw the movie. Reading this book is like going through a field and discovering a gem, then searching for gems. There, nearly hidden by a clump of grass...There's a gem! Who'd have expected one there? And another over there. Look! There are three! My iBook pages a full of highlights of gems. Turns of phrase, word choices. Names. Brilliant contrasts and shadows of relief or pain. Read it. You'll remember it 55


Amazing🙌🏻5 star

Couldn't have found a better book! Teaches you a lot about the war and famine. I recommend it 55

Marty's #1

Loved it5 star

This is my favorite book ever it was so alluring and it changed my perspective of life and death loved it 55

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