It’s the second Thursday in July and time for #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram! This week features THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak.
This book launched in 2006 to critical acclaim, and won multiple awards, including National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (2006), Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children’s Literature (2007), Sydney Taylor Book Award for Teen Readers (2007), Buxtehuder Bulle (2008), and more. It also was nominated for several awards such as Michael L. Printz Award (2007), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2008), The Quill Award for Young Adult/Teen (2006), and more.
While I found some parts of the book slow, for the most part, I was intrigued by a book narrated by Death. It tells the story of Liesel Meminger, an almost ten-year-old girl who lives in in pre-WW II Germany. After her father is taken away, she’s sent to foster parents, and her brother dies. At his burial, she retrieves a book dropped by one of the gravediggers, which feels like a tether to her brother. Thus, she becomes the book thief.
I never like to reveal spoilers, but I will say this: even if you have trouble getting into the story, I think it’s well worth the read. This is the sort of book that I wanted to foist on my children before they were ready to read it. The sort I mentioned to people I didn’t know. The sort I’ll come back to when I need to be reminded of the atrocities of the world and those people who can give hope.
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