“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

By Radhika Subrahmanyan

Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief” is a classic tale of the Holocaust that follows young Liesel Meminger as she quickly matures and discovers herself. Set in Nazi Germany, Liesel is forced to mature at a rapid pace, as her mother leaves her with a foster family soon after her brother’s death, and she must learn to make the best out of her situation. She does so through literature, specifically through the books she constantly steals. As Liesel makes a life for herself despite the constant threats by the Nazis, she learns the meaning of friendship. I would rate this book a 10 out of 10 for it is the most touching and emotional yet fascinating novel I have ever read, and through Markus Zusak’s unique use of extended metaphors and utilization of Death as a narrator, it was especially memorable. I would recommend this book for anyone over the age of twelve; a middle school audience would welcome the educational aspect of the story while older audiences would be able to appreciate the finer aspects of such a spectacular story.


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