Guest Blogger: Morgan, Grade 9
Setting (Place): Molching/Munich, Germany
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 Stars
The book was amazing. Its is written in a way that both adults and children can appreciate. Although it is a big book, give it a chance, it is really well done.
The story is told by Death and takes place in the town of Molching. It is focused on a nine year old girl named Liesel Meminger. She is the daughter of a communist who was adopted by a German couple. She doesn't agree with the Hitler ideology and steals books that are burned by the anti Jewish Nazis. She makes a friend named Rudy, who falls in love with her and he becomes very close with her adopted family. She developed a love for reading through the tough times of WWII Enticing Passage:
How could he do this? How could he show up and ask people to risk their lives for him? How could he be so selfish? Thirty-three. They looked at each other. The house was pale, almost sick-looking, with an iron gate and a brown spit-stained door. From his pocket, he pulled out the key. It did not sparkle but lay dull and limp in his hand. For a moment, he squeezed it, half expecting it to come leaking toward his wrist. It didn’t. The metal was hard and flat, with a healthy set of teeth, and he squeezed it till it pierced him. Slowly, then, the struggler leaned forward, his cheek against the wood, and he removed the key from his fist...
The narrator, Death, gives the story both charm and darkness. It also makes you think. The novel informs you about the Holocaust, but also doesn't depress you as much as others do. It is inspiration as well. Liesel’s story starts off really sad, hr younger brother dies and she has to leave her mom. But she overcomes and grows up to be a novelist of her own, having children and a husband. She witnesses horrific things that will haunt her for the rest of her life, but she perseveres, and grows up to live on happily.
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