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 2005 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 (5,047)

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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


The book thief5 star

Wonderfully written. Unforgettable story. A story I will treasure. 55

Elliot Thunder

Life changing5 star

The narrator is death itself. That should tell you that this book is like nothing you’ve ever read before. The book has a very morbid mood, and I’m warning you, you will cry. But no matter how much you don’t like depressing books, you have to read The Book Thief. It will not only change your perspective on World War II and the Holocaust, but also life itself. It is just so beautifully written with so many important themes, it’s no wonder that it will go down as one of the best books ever written. Interesting and hauntingly beautiful style, amazing characters, heart wrenching story, it really is a perfect book. 55

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One of my favorites5 star

Loved this book. The writing style is different and the story is captivating. Each time I read it I pick up things I missed before. Worth the read. 55

Camryn Shell

My favorite book of all time.5 star

The book thief has been and probably will be my favorite book of all time. This book has so many amazing moments. Not only in the story line but in the words. It has this way of making you feel like you are in the book seeing everything. The way the words are placed and said is a magical thing that is a very rare talent. This book is amazing and everyone should read it. 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

Owl Finatic

Deserves More Than Five Stars5 star

The Book Thief was the only book I've read that has brought me to tears. To be perfectly honest I don't think I've cried that much over a lemon haired boy next door or a silver eyed accordion. Zusak's words are powerful, phenomenal, and all out breathtaking. I'm never one to read a book twice, but the tradition has most definitely changed. Hands down deserves more than just five stars. "I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." "The crazy one who painted himself black and defeated the world." "I am haunted by humans." 55


A great read5 star

Truly a great book and an easy read. 55


The book thief5 star

Wow this book absolutely astonishing. I have to admit that when it comes to books and movies I can be very emotional and I prefer happy endings this book definitely didn't have a happy ending. I spent a couple hours crying this book. It was just sooo... I don't there are words to explain. I believe everyone should read this book different view of the holocaust in a way, will never forget young Liesel and Rudy (favorite character) I don't think I have ever loved so many characters in one book <3 a must read 55


Amazing book!5 star

This book is amazing! I was a little confused at some of ways he wrote it but it was a great book. I have read it three times and I could barely put it down 55

Tree lover elephant 22

The book thief5 star

A good book that tells the story of one of the worst times in history. WW2. This book is told through the eyes of death. There are some words and topics to watch out for but over all it is a good book for middle schoolers and beyond. A sad but touching book that is a must read for everyone. Loved it loved it loved it!!!!!!! Read it think about it love it watch the movie you will love 55

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