Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: Teen/Adult Historical Fiction
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: Some disturbing images and thoughts related to WWII and its impact on individuals.
Premise: Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. (King County Library)

Opinions: Reading this book was an intriguing, emotional experience. This story is narrated by Death as he watches over a teenage girl experiencing life in WWII Germany. The point of view is fantastic and provides a fresh and interesting look at a story. Zusak does an incredible job making you fall in love with the characters of his story. The one difficulty that I had with this book was the time line - there was no straight line through the story. Death jumps around events as he recalls them - providing you a glimpse of something down the road and then backtracking to lead you to that point.

I would highly recommend this for adults. If your teenager wants to read this, or it is assigned in school, then I would recommend reading it with them so that you can talk through what happens in the story and discussing what happened to everyone involved with WWII to work through the disturbing incidents that did occur. This a fantastic read, just be prepared for the emotional tug that will happen as you read it.

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