Empty Shelf Book 16: The Book Thief

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

What’s it about: If you didn’t already take a stab at guessing, The Book Thief is in fact, about a young thief who steals books. It’s about so much more though. It’s about a war, a train, a Gravedigger’s Handbook,  a street named Heaven, a girl named Liesel Meminger,  a boy with “hair the color of lemons,” and many many books.

Why did I read it: To stumble across a book about books and a story within a story isn’t an everyday occurrence.

Favorite idea: “Don’t punish yourself,” she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing. (Liesel Meminger.) This is the epitome of writing. This book isn’t simply about stealing books. As you read Liesel’s story, you’ll find that this book is about a reader finding thewriter within.

Where you can find it: here


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