By Rafique Shabbir
The Book Thief is a novel by Markus Zusak, released in 2005, that has won many awards.
During World War II in Germany, a nine-year-old girl named Liesel moves into a home with new foster parents. Throughout her childhood, she makes new friends, learns about the Nazi party, discovers a passion for books, and eventually gets into book thievery. However, times get tough, especially for Liesel’s new foster parents as they begin hiding a Jew in their basement, which in Nazi Germany is a situation of life or death.
The book shows what life was like for the citizens of Nazi-Germany and some of the challenges and joys that they had to live through.
The Book Thief doesn’t ask a lot from its readers. It’s easy to read. The plot moves at a quick pace, and there are all sorts of characters in the book, each having a different influence on the main character, Liesel, and her life. While the book takes place during World War II, readers do not need to know a lot of outside information about it. Everything that you need to know about World War II is explained in the book, as the story progresses.
One of the difficulties of the book is that it is not action packed, which might drive a few readers away. Other than that, there really aren’t any other flaws with the book.
Overall, The Book Thief is a fantastic book that I would recommend to those above the ages 13, as it covers topics that may require a more mature mindset.