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The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Author: Markus Zusak
RRP: £7.99

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 Book Thief is an absolutely fantastic read—a masterpiece. I could not put it down. Within the same book, Zusak gives us a realistic and honest insight into life as a civilian during the Second World War, told from an interesting point-of-view - Death’s. Yes, he creatively sets Death as the narrator of the story, and includes Death’s thoughts, actions and more. This book is one that was very ambitious of Zusak to write. It spans over a very wide range of things – love, war, and so much more. Overall, this story is beautifully told, that (this may sound cheesy, but it’s true) no words can describe it. His writing eases into one’s heart and mind so flawlessly; until this day, The Book Thief remains as the best book I have ever read.

It will be a while until I find a book that surpasses the beauty of The Book Thief.

Emily Ho (15)