Title Profile & Character Information

The Book Thief

Annotation
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. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


From the Hardcover edition.

Awards
2006  National Jewish Book Awards
2007  Book Sense Book of the Year
2006  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2006  Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books
2009  Garden State Teen Book Award
2006  School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

Characters
NameMeminger, Liesel
GenderFemale
TraitOrphan

GenreHistorical
Young adult fiction
Psychological
Sociological
TopicsWorld War II
Death and dying
Orphans
Working classes
Friendship
Foster children
Fugitives
Theft
Thieves
Books and reading
Crime
SettingMolching, Germany
Germany