At this point, it’s probably starting to sound like every book is my favorite book, but this one is another big-time fave! Narrated by Death himself, The Book Thief, by Aussie author Markus Zusak, is a highly original novel featuring the unsung tale of those Germans who resisted Hitler, and harbored Jews in their homes.
Liesel is a German girl living with foster parents during WWII. Her new family and neighbors do not empathize with the heinous acts committed against the Jews. Due to the trauma of witnessing her young brother’s death, Liesel is plagued by night terrors. To help her through the hard nights, her kindly foster father, with his meager resources, teaches her to read and write. From there, Liesel begins her habit of stealing books whenever she can, as well as learning to write her own life story. Heartbreaking, poetic, and impossible to put down, The Book Thief is a must-read. Seriously, read this book.