The Book Thief

My whole class read this book and did a review about it for Language Arts. It is about a girl named Liesel, in WWII Germany. At the beginning of the book she is about nine years old. Her brother dies on the train they are taking to meet their new foster parents. At his funeral, Liesel steals a book called The Grave Digger’s Handbook, but she can’t read. The girl ends up with the foster parents, named Rosa and Hans,  and steals a bunch more books including The Whistler, about a murderer, and The Shoulder Shrug, a book she steals from a fire. Sometimes she has nightmares and wakes up at midnight. Hans comes to her room to help teach her to read.

After about six years of doing random stuff with Rudy, her best friend, her street gets bombed and everyone dies. One of the main characters is Rudy. He has a cynical sense of humor and steals stuff with Liesel. I would like to meet him because he sounds funny and nice. This book is pretty dank (good). I would give it a 4 out of 5. This book is kind of similar to Farewell to Manzanar in that in both books one group of people get imprisoned for something that wasn’t their fault, or it’s their religion. I think the main idea of the book is that the power of words is huge. Hitler used words to take power, and shape ideas that would throw the world into war.

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