The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak
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Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Waterstones Newcomer of the Year Award 2008.
The Book Thief is truly exquisite. While set in WW2 Germany it is not a history lesson; its narrator provides a most unique perspective on things; and it plays around with form and structure (but not too much). It successfully juggles all these elements but at its heart The Book Thief is a tender story about Leisel, a girl growing up in a complicated, violent world. Zusak is a gifted writer and for us he crafts a little street in Germany, peoples it with characters you fall in love with, and builds to a powerful conclusion, with a final line that still gives me goosebumps today.
Reviewed By Lisa @ The Nile
Despite its amazing premise, I put off reading this book for three years because it had received such universally glowing reviews I thought it couldn't possibly live up to the hype. I was wrong. The novel is narrated through the eyes of Death as he follows young German girl Liesel, the book thief of the novel's title, as she and her foster family harbour a Jewish man from the Nazis in World War Two Germany. Dark humour abounds in this astonishing read that kept me up into the wee small hours of the morning to finish it.
Reviewed By Kelly @ The Nile