The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Review by Isabella (grade 9)
"The Book Thief, a novel written by Markus Zusak, is captivating in a way that reaches out of the pages and grabs you, and then does not let you go until you have read the very last words. This book, based in Nazi Germany in 1939, tells the tale of a young girl named Liesel Meminger, who goes to live with a Rosa and Hans Hubermann, her new foster family, since her mother has decided she is no longer fit to take care of her. At first, Liesel's only friend is her foster dad, know as Papa, but she soon befriends many other people. People such as none other than Rudy Steiner, who is considered to be a trouble maker. But soon enough, they become the best of friends.
Liesel is captivated by books, and goes to great measures to get her hands on them when ever she can, even if it involves stealing from her neighbors. Soon, she is given the title of ""Book Thief"".
One night, a man is found by Papa in Liesel's kitchen. This man's name is Max, and he is a Jew. The Hubermann family decides to keep Max in their basement, for Hans is indifferent to Hitler's ways, and refuses to be part of the Nazi army. At first, Liesel is quite frightened of Max, but she soon befriends him in a way that makes them inseparable. She befriends him through words. However, the risk of having a Jew in your basement is always looming over the Hubermanns, and eventually, Max has to leave.
As if this story wasn't suspenseful enough, the entire book is narrated by Death, who insists he is quite busy during Hitler's reign, and foreshadows what is yet to come. Death's narrative of this already somewhat gothic story makes the reader feel, for lack of a better word, eerie. Everyone in this story is always at risk of something, whether it be the Nazi's finding a Jew in your basement, or your foster mother finding books hidden in your bed. Regardless of what genre of books you enjoy, The Book Thief is captivating for all, and definitely uncovers what is sometimes overlooked in the history of the Holocaust".