The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I've never read a book that moved me the way The Book Thief did.  Narrated by Death, it tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl who spends her childhood living with a foster family in Germany during World War II.  Naturally, a book with that setting has its fair share of tragedy, and though this one does have one of the saddest endings I've ever seen, at the same time, it is also one of the most uplifting books I've ever read.  The characters are what makes this book so special; each one has traits that are likeable and detestable.  They are among the most human characters that I've ever seen, and I came to care about what happened to each and every one of them.  By the time I reached the climax of the book, I was so emotionally invested in the characters, that I couldn't keep from crying, and yet I still can't think of a book that I've read recently that I enjoyed more than this one.


This is a wonderful book.  I can't recommend it highly enough.

by SueSeeCue on ‎02-15-2010 04:21 PM

I always give high marks for originality, both in books and movies.  This book ranks very high in originality, and readability.  I loved it, even though it was a tough read, at times uplifting, at times sobering and sad.  I can truly recommend this book with no hesitation at all.

by Nerd_Notebook on ‎03-01-2010 11:14 AM

I cannot believe how much this book moved me.  I've read many Holocaust novels in the past, but none as skillfully done as this.  I couldn't put it down!!  The author has a very unique style of writing that is refreshing.  I'm definitely planning on reading other works by this writer.

by jflores476 on ‎11-14-2011 08:38 PM

Do the illustrations from the print version show up in the nook version?

by justlovemynook on ‎09-28-2012 02:49 PM

This is a phenomenal book.  It is so well-written, it is almost poetic.  The character development is exceptional and while it takes place during one of our darkest eras, it paints a picture of everyday life in Nazi Germany.  I highly recommend it to everyone. 


I just love my nook!

by sharonRNNJ on ‎11-10-2012 09:39 AM

I agree. This book is. in in my Keep and Reread shelf (I have a hard copy). I recommend to anyone looking for a touching (but not sentimental or cloying) story with ver human characters.📕📗

by kcparker on ‎12-02-2013 05:27 PM

I am looking to borrow this book on the nook.  If anyone has it to lend, please friend me at and let me know.




by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎12-05-2013 09:14 AM

@kcparker  B&N has this Nook book on sale right now for half price.  It's now $4.99.  Thought I'd pass that along just in case you can't find anyone to lend it. 

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