The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Narrated by death this is the story of Liesel Meminger's life. It begins with the death of Liesel's young brother on a train and her acquisition of The Grave Digger's Manuel.
Her growing attachment to her foster parents, especially Papa who teaches her how to read. Her friendship with Rudy (who greatly admires Jesse Owens, a very dangerous attitude to have in Hitler's Germany). And how a promise her Papa made during World War I puts the family at risk when the son of the Jew who saved his life comes to live in their basement. And how her love of books is the beginning of a friendship with the Mayor's Wife.
How Papa's act of kindness results in Max's leaving, how Liesel searches for Max every time Jews are paraded through their city. How Papa is drafted into the Germany army and how his broken leg sees him sent back home to die on Himmel Street with his neighbors and how Liesel miraculously survives the bombing of Himmel Street, to die of old age in Australia.
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