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The Book Thief is a book written by Markus Zusak, shining in the brilliancy of a holocaust novel it captures the hearts of literature lovers and history fanatics both. The story takes place in holocaust Germany and focuses on the story of a girl named Liesel Meminger. The story starts with her at nine years old and when the story ends she is well in to the fourteenth year of her life. This story is the story of a girl, a girl who learns to read, a girl who learns how to hide in the shadows, a girl who stands strong in a place of mistrust and pain; this story is of the type that takes your breath away.
The protagonist of The Book Thief is Liesel Meminger, a girl growing up in holocaust Germany. As the book begins Liesel is 9 years old, a girl given up by her mother to live with foster parents Hans and Rosa Hubermann in the German town of Molching. On the way to Molching Liesel’s brother Werner who was supposed to join her at the Hubermanns’ dies and Liesel is traumatized making the separation from her mother, her only remaining family much more painful. Thankfully the blow is softened by the love extended to her from her foster-father. Hans compared to Rosa with her gruff, loud love is just the solace Liesel needs. He is gentle and kind, patient enough to teach Liesel how to read, starting with a book she picked up at the graveyard where her brother was buried. With his aid Liesel slowly becomes more comfortable in her new life, venturing out in the neighborhood at a soccer match she befriends Rudy Steiner, a boy who falls in love with her. Over that summer they have many adventures together and the shadow of war is left in the joy of childhood freedom. A shadow, warded off for long finally falls upon Liesel when at a book burning she realizes that her true parents must have been Jew supporters and that was the reason they were taken from her. To fight the sense of growing dread, she riskily takes a book from the flames, for better or for worse Ilsa Hermann the wife of the mayor sees her commit the act. Fortunately Ilsa is kind to the girl and offers to her (through her mother’s laundry business) access to her private library. Things get riskier for Liesel when Hans agrees to be a safe harbor for the Jewish son of a man who saved his life years ago. Max Vandenberg the man hiding in the basement and Lisle soon become fast friends and Max, painting over the pages of the book that saved his life writes two stories about the friendship he shares with Liesel. Throughout the time they are harboring the Jew in their basement, Liesel continues to live life as just before, Her friendship with Rudy continues to blossom and she takes to reading in Ilsa’s library in the afternoons. Although the Hubermanns continued to keep clam about the war, by now World War II is in full swing. Every so often Jews are marched through towns and air raid warnings remind every one of the constant threats that war brings on. It was...

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