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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Spring 2006 Fiction
Ages: 14 & Up
Author: Markus Zusak
ISBN: 0375831002
Hardcover Price: $16.95
A book that shows how important small triumphs can be in the most devastating circumstances. Narrated by Death, set in Nazi Germany, and utterly engrossing, The Book Thief is a fine addition to holocaust literature for young adults. Liesel Meminger, the book thief, is sent to live with a foster family outside Munich. Her foster mother is a foul-mouthed storm of a woman and her foster father is the kind of savior even Death can appreciate. Rich characters populate this book throughout but the most profound and important characters don’t move. They’re words. At the start of the book Liesel and words are not exactly friends. But over the course of the book she becomes well acquainted with them and begins to rebel and to help others with the power of language. While an excellent book, parents are cautioned that it does have some profanity and mature themes. The beginning is somewhat of a challenge but the book is well worth the effort. A must for parents and teachers struggling to discuss justice, friendship and courage with reticent young adults.

Reviewed by Drego Little with special assistance from Xueying Chen, age 11.

Drego Little   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Drego Little is a graduate student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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