The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak
(San Val, Prebound, 9781417797387, 552pp.)

Publication Date: September 2007

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Library Binding, Paperback, Compact Disc, Prebound, Hardcover, Compact Disc, Hardcover

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For use in schools and libraries only. Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding.



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  1. Discuss the symbolism of Death as the omniscient narrator of the novel. What are Death's feelings for each victim? Describe Death's attempt to resist Liesel. Death states, "I'm always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both." (p. 491) What is ugly and beautiful about Liesel, Rosa and Hans Hubermann, Max Vandenburg, Rudy Steiner, and Mrs. Hermann? Why is Death haunted by humans?

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