Guest Blogger: Hannah, Grade 11
Setting (Place): Molching, Germany
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 Stars
I gave The Book Thief this rating, because it is my favorite book. The story within this novel has remained with me ever since I first read it, because I found it to be very unique. The author, Markus Zusak, wrote this novel beautifully, through his use of figurative language, to tell a story that I normally would not enjoy reading.
The Book Thief tells the coming of age story of nine year old Liesel Meminger, during her time spent in Molching, Germany from 1939 to 1942. During this time, Liesel lived with her foster parents Hans and Rosa Hubermann, after the death of her brother. The novel details the difficulty of living and of growing up in Germany during World War Two through Liesel’s experiences and is narrated by death’s perspective.
"The last time I saw her [the book thief] was red. The sky was like soup, boiling and stirring. In some places, it was burned. There were black crumbs, and pepper, streaked across the redness... Then, bombs..." (Zusak 12).
The Book Thief can be enjoyed by people who like reading war stories, or particularly stories about World War Two. I feel that others should read this novel, because it is informative of World War Two, while remaining interesting, and it tells a coming of age story that can, in many ways, relate to its audience. This novel contains an important message about war and tells a unique story, through different use of perspective and language, as well.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten