It is 1939 and times are getting tough for everyone in Germany. Ten-year-old Liesel and her brother are on their way to be adopted into a foster home, but sadly, the brother dies en route. It is after his burial that Liesel steals her first book, The Grave Diggers Handbook. The remarkable thing is that Liesel cannot read. We follow Liesel through the war years; watch her learn to read, to laugh and play, to interact with family, friends and neighbors; and rescue and protect a Jew, named Max.
The extraordinary narrator of the novel is Death, who fittingly spotted Liesel in the graveyard and became fascinated with her. Distraught by the events of the ages, Death is forever searching for the essence of life that would override mankind’s acts of willful hatred and destruction. He is looking for a measure of beauty in the world. The small rebellions carried out by Liesel and a handful of others show that resilience to tyranny is possible and that one individual can make a difference in how the world perceives itself.
This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (89 pages) for Markus Zusak's novel The Book Thief includes:
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• Historical background
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions
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