Published: March 14, 2006 by Knoff Books for Young Readers. Length: 552 pages My Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
There are not many people that Death finds fascinating, but young Liesel is one of them. On three occasions Death has crossed paths with her. The first is when her younger brother died something about her drew Death’s attention. Life in Germany during the 1940’s is not easy for Liesel her brother dies while being delivered to their new foster parents. Her new parents are very poor and there is barely enough to eat. She is plagued nightly by nightmares of her brother. But there is some good in her life, a faithful friend named Rudy, her kindly and loving foster father, a Jewish boy hiding in their basement and her love of books. Not only is she able to escape and find joy in the written word she is able to share it with those around her and help others if only for a little while escape the hard life that they’ve grown accustom too.
What a beautiful sad book. Enjoyed every word of it. This is what a good book is supposed to do. I was transported to Germany during the Nazi regime. I was nervous with every book that Liesel stole. I was scared that the Nazi party would discover the young Jewish man hiding in the basement and I high fived Rudy during his small triumphs. Nothing was better then accompanying Liesel as she discovered her love for books. Liesel’s friendship with Rudy is so authentic the typical next door neighbor who is in love with the girl next door and the girl who is in love with him but doesn’t yet realize it. But my favorite part has to be the Love between Liesel and her foster father Hans. There is just so much to enjoy about this book and if I say anything more I’ll be giving important stuff away and that would be a disservice to anyone who hasn’t read it. A classic, everyone should read this at least once in their life.
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