1939 Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.



It’s a story, about;

A girl

An accordionist

Some fanatical Germans

A Jewish fist fighter

And quite a lot of thievery.


The only reason I decided to read this book is because I saw the film trailer and thought it looked amazing. I was really intrigued by the storyline and when I realised that it is a book I had to read so that I could abide with my number one rule. ALWAYS read the book before the film.

So with the first chance I had I went to a book shop and purchased the last copy of the book thief that the shop had. I began to read it when I got home and two days later I am sat in my room crying at the ending and at the tragedy of my favourite character Rudy.

The characters in this book are just amazing and are impossible to not fall in love with. Yes that’s right even the agitated whistler Pfiffikus. The main character Liesel is really relatable to. She is just a girl who has a passion for reading who will stop at no means to get hold of a precious book. Each character can be relatable to everyday life. Hans the caring compassionate man, Rosa the stern mother who just cares too much. There’s Rudy, the dreamer, the boy who won’t let anyone stop him and Liesel, the girl who has had a hard life but that only attributes to the amount of compassion she shows to her adopted mama and papa, a stranger who would be dead without her family and arguably some of the worst Himmel street inhabitants imaginable.

Markus Zusak has done an amazing job at writing this book and the fact that he has used Death as the narrator is just ingenious. There are many beautiful quotes said by death about how war is the boss of death and how death himself (let’s just presume death is a he) is just doing his orders under the orders of war. And the most amazing quote is said at the end when we have found out what has become of Liesel Meminger.

“I am haunted by humans”

It makes the reader feel the emotions of death and how some acts performed by humans he just cannot forget and how some deaths do haunt him and it leads us to realise that the story of Liesel probably haunts him the most. It’s not because it is the most sad or gruesome story. But because of the people affected. Lots of different types of people from the truest of Germans to the Jewish. From the old to the young. It’s a story about survival, love and books.