Someone just sent me a book review of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief for our Book List, and since it’s one of my favorite books, I thought I’d give it a little plug.
It’s about a little girl, Liesel, who lives in a town just outside of Munich (if I remember correctly?) during World War II. I was personally really interested by this book because my grandmother was only a little older than Liesel when WWII began and she also lived in a town outside of Munich, so it helped me to understand the average German people’s involvement with and understanding of what was going on during the war. I guess you could say that it’s YA, but I read it when I was… 20?… and it didn’t feel juvenile to me at all. And it’s also totally a yeah writer book, because it addresses the book censorship and burning that occurred in Germany during the war, and how that affects Liesel’s life. It has a very unique narrative structure and is narrated by Death, so even though it’s historical fiction, it’s still really original. And the writing is great. Oh and the characterization! Fantastic. The father character… haha it’s all coming back and I’m getting more and more excited.