Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
# pages: 550
ISBN #: 0-375-93100-7
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Challenge(s): Bibliography, Award Winners (2006 National Jewish Book Award Winner for Children and Young Adult Literature)
First Sentence: First the colors. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.
Setting: 1939, Nazi Germany; the small town of
Summary: Set during WWII, this
“It’s just a small
*Some fanatical Germans
*A Jewish fist fighter
*And quite a lot of thievery” (p. 5)
It’s also about the resilience of the human spirit and the power of words. Their power to soothe us, heal us, hurt us, and destroy us.
Random Thoughts: Using Death as the narrator allows the author to give us a unique perspective on the human race, the beauty and the horror. “I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to escalate” (p. 109). This book will stay with me for a long time. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time.
Favorite scenes: The snowman in the basement.
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