The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - A Really good book for teenage girls

The Book Thief
By Markus Zusak

Set in Germany during World War II, The Book Thief follows the life of Liesel Meminger, a nine-year-old Jewish girl. When Liesel’s mother is forced to put both of her children into foster care because there is no more food or opportunity for work, she realizes that it may be the last time she ever sees her children. Death reigns during this time of terror and interestingly enough Death is also the narrator of Liesel Meminger’s life story. As the world crumbles around her, Liesel finds comfort in the books that are supposed to be tossed in the fires to burn. With Death as an interested onlooker, will Liesel live to see a calmer life in better times?


Historical Fiction, Societal Struggle, Familial Struggle


Why this is a Good Book For Teenage Girl

The Book Thief is a good book for teenage girls because even in the worst of times people can rise above the terrors around them. Death as the narrator makes this book frighteningly poignant. Zusak tells the story of madness during World War II but also of the strength of the many people who fought against it, in each of their unique ways. This is a great book for teens who like historical fiction, stories about war, societal struggle, and the power of friendship.

About the Author

Mark Zusak is an Australian author who now lives in America. The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger are both international best sellers. Zusak set his sights on being an author at the age of sixteen and despite twenty years of writing, he still feels moments of doubt in his ability and struggles to always improve his art. His next book, The Bridge of Clay, is due out in 2010.