It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down. The Book Thief is a story about the power of words to make worlds. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
AWARDS FOR THE BOOK THIEF Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (South East Asia & South Pacific) 2006 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year 2006 Daniel Elliott Peace Award 2006 Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature 2006 Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book 2006 Michael L. Printz Honor Book 2007 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children's Literature 2007 Winner of the ALA Youth Medal Awards' Margaret A. Edwards Award 2014
Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including I am the Messenger and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.