Liesel and Rudy sneaks into the Mayors house to discover a plate of stale cookies in the window of the mayor's library. Liesel takes the plate of cookies from the window and grabs The Last Human Stranger when she hears the sound of a door opening. Ilsa Hermann walks in and joins Liesel. Liesel ask the mayor’s wife if the library is hers and apologizes for thinking the mayor owned it when Ilsa confesses that the books belong to her and her deceased son. Liesel returns to Rudy and together they eat half of the plate of cookies and share the rest with Tommy Müller.
At this time, near Essen, Hans and the men of LSE play cards for cigarettes. Reinhold Zucker, one of the troops, gloats when he won and accuses Hans of cheating when he obtains cigarettes because of his victories. Hans is thought-well-of because when he wins, he shares some of the cigarettes to his colleges and offer to light it for them.
In January 1943, Liesel reads at Frau Holtzapfel's home to an old man who is severely injured. The wounded man tells Liesel to come back later; hours later, the old man visits Liesel at her house. The injured man is Michael, one of the Holtzapfel's sons and has recently been involved in battle. When Michael has a lit cigarette he informs Rosa of his brothers passing and that Hans Junior is alive. Death explains that Robert, Michael’s brother, died because his legs were blown off on a cold day during January in Russia. . He died in the hospital days later with his brother at his side. Liesel reads to his grieving Mother at Frau Holtzapfel's house.
Liesel imagines her deceased brother while returning the plate that held that held the stale cookies to the Mayors house. Rosa is grieving over absent of her husband, Hans, while holding his accordion. Rosa hopes that Hans and her son will both return home safely.
On the truck that carries Hans and the rest of the troops, Zucker forces him to change seats and is reluctant to change his mind. The driver loses control of the truck when a tire blows and Zucker is the only one to die in the accident. Hans feels remorse because Zucker was sitting in his seat and feels he should have been the one to die. Hans’s leg is injured because of the accident and his Sergeant says his will mention that he should work in the offices in Munich instead of being in battle. Hans is released from his duty due to his generosity with cigarettes.
Liesel and Rosa obtain a letter in February from Hans declaring that he will be returning home shortly. Barbara Steiner overjoyed about the news and Rudy gives the impression of being cheerful, but questions why his father is not coming home but Hans is.
Rudy has been becoming more livid because of his father enlistment. He takes a metal box which contains tools to break into a wealthy resident’s house and a teddy bear to calm done a child if they encounter one. He declares that Liesel is not a genuine thief because Ilsa lets her into the house and take books. ...