The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak

  • Release Date: 2006-03-14
  • Genre: Historical
The Book Thief book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 5,540 Ratings)

The Book Thief Markus Zusak Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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. 

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
“The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times
“Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today

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User reviews about this book

  • One of my favorites

    By ChelShayLee
    I cry every time
  • Best book I have ever read!

    By Faithdogs
    The Book Thief is one of the best books I have ever read in my teenage years! I love the way Markus Zukaus is with his words and metaphors and similes! It’s just perfect! I also love that he has young romantic humor in his book. It enriches the story even more. The book is just plain perfect! The best!
  • My favorite book

    By Byars Family
    It is so good!
  • Wonderfully Unique

    By Spidervase
    Artful and unique arrangement of structure, prose, flow, and presentation.
  • Nothing short of a masterpiece

    By KAP17
    To start off, I just got done reading this book at 12 AM and the first thing I said when I finished was Wow. Just. Wow. The way this book was written made you feel so much like you were in the book with the characters and related to their emotions in a way that I have NEVER experienced with another book before. I have never really written a review before for anything like apps or books or movies until I finished this book. The SECOND I finished this I wanted to let other people know to not miss out by skipping this book. I personally try to find the best and most popular books out there like Harry Potter or the hunger games but this book was an unexpected treasure. I will tell everyone I know who likes to read to get this book ASAP. So all in all, if you are looking for an outstanding book to either read for yourselves or assign to your students THIS IS YOUR BOOK!!! Read it and trust me, you will not regret it in the slightest.
  • Good and has a really good lesson

    By aryb😂
    I loved this book well at first I was a little confused but then I got the message and excepted it for what is was.

    By booktheiflover101
    This is by far one of my favorite books of all time
  • Thieving !!

    By Caddy Adam
    Wonderful story & an easy read with bits & touches of sadness !! I bet YOU can’t read this book without laughing out loud AND crying at least once !! 5 Stars but only cause they don’t have 6 !! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
  • My Favorite Book

    By AnotherAnonymousGirl13
    I remember picking up this book off the bookshelf in my moms classroom when I was in sixth grade. I had heard a little about it, and it sounded like an interesting story. I’m so glad I did. This story remains my favorite book. It is beautifully written, and the use of Death as the narrator- it’s incredible. As much as I love and treasure this book, I do have to say it is not for everyone. Many think it is a little slow, and they are correct- but the story is just so beautifully told, I was captivated. If you are a fan of historical fiction, 100% recommend. If not, I still suggest you give it a chance.
  • You must read this book!

    By KATEC!*
    I both loved and hated this book. It was so heartbreaking but it got you thinking about the war and how truly horrible it was. It is a must-read, but be prepared to cry at the end. This book is beautifully written and unlike anything I’ve ever read.

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