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Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Published: March 14, 2006
Format: eBook (550 pages)
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Library

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery....
5 Stars

The narration style is what made this book so unique and interesting. The narrator is all-knowing and is actually a character in the story that talks to you, the reader. It’s old-fashioned to do that, but the author modernizes it by making the narrator Death.

Set it WWII, it’s a thought-provoking story on the power of words and friendship. Despite the serious subject, it still manages to be funny sometimes. Loved it!

Content RatingMedium, for swearing in German and English.  Some war violence (not graphic).

About Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak

At the age of 30, Zusak has already asserted himself as one of today's most innovative and poetic novelists. With the publication of The Book Thief, he is now being dubbed a "literary phenomenon" by Australian and U.S. critics. Zusak is the award-winning author of four previous books for young adults: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Getting the Girl, and I Am the Messenger, recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney.


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