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The Book Thief Review

Caden Edwards and Irving Shaggy

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The Book Thief Summary

Being told by Death, The Book Thief is the story of Liesel, a young German girl who is  given up by her mother to live with Hans and Rosa Huberman her foster parents in the small town of Molching. Shortly before World War II. On their way to Molching, Liesel’s younger brother Werner dies. Experiencing nightmares about him for months. Hans is a gentle man who brings her comfort and helps her learn to read, starting with a book Liesel took from the cemetery where her brother was buried. Liesel befriends a boy, Rudy , who falls in love with her. At a book burning, Liesel realizes that her father was persecuted for being a Communist, and that her mother was likely killed by the Nazis for the same crime. She is seen stealing a book from the mayor’s wife Ilsa, who later invites Liesel to read in her library.

Keeping a promise, he made to the man who saved his life, Hans agrees to hide a Jew named Max Vandenberg in his basement. Liesel and Max become close friends, and Max writes Liesel two stories about their friendship, both of which are reproduced in the novel. When Hans publicly gives bread to an old Jew being sent to a concentration camp, Max has to  leave, and Hans is drafted into the military at a time when air raids over major German cities were escalating in terms of frequency and fatality.

Liesel next sees Max being marched towards the concentration camp at Dachau. Liesel loses hope and begins to give, having learnt that Hitler’s propaganda is to blame for the war and the Holocaust and the death of her biological family, Ilsa encourages her to write. Liesel writes the story of her life in the Huberman’s’ basement, where she miraculously survives an air raid that kills Hans, Rosa, Rudy, and everyone else on her block. Liesel survives the war, as does Max. She goes on to live a long life and dies at an old age.


The Book Thief Review

            The eighth grade of Sacred Heart Catholic School read the Book Thief. Nathan Heidke states, “It was a good read.” Andy Kellerman quotes, “It was a difficult book to read, but it had a good story to it.” The eighth grade does suggest that other people do read this, but must have a high reading level to understand parts of it. Nathan gives it five stars. Dylan gives it three and a half stars. Overall the eighth grade of Sacred Heart Catholic School thought that the Book Thief was a good book to read. They would recommend it to other people to both read the book, and watch the movie.

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