Monday, August 27, 2007

The book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is a book where the narrator is death. It takes place in Germany during WWII. One of the main characters is Liesel Meminger. At the beggining of the story is is only about 10, I believe. She is taken in as a foster child at 33 Himmel Street. When she arrived she couldn't read or write but Papa, Hans Hubermann, begins to teach her.
Soon she is learning to read and write and stealing books when she can.
she becomes friends with Rudy, one of the kids next door, and Max, a Jew who is living in her basement. Then Max needs to leave, Papa is sent to war, and her town is under the threat of bombs.

This is a different story..what would you expect from a book where death is the narrator? It was a very good book - very interesting. This is a young adult book but reading it you would never think that it was. I have to admit, everyone I talked to who has read this book said it was their favorite for the year. So...I think I went into it expecting a big more than I actually got. I do love WWII stories but because I everyone I know said that it was awesome - I just got my hopes up. So..this is a great book - I wouldn't say it is my favorite for the year - but it was still a very good book. I suggest you read it but don't go in expecting a whole lot and maybe you will finish it and go "yeah..that lady is nuts...this IS one of the best of the year."

new author/YA fiction/550pgs/STL book club pick for September

1 comment:

Joy said...

I agree with you. This was a great book, but not my favorite for the year.