Bibliographic Information: Zusak, Markus (2006). The Book Thief. New York, NY: Knopf Books for Young Readers.
Brief Annotation: Liesel Meminger, a thief by trade, has her life changed when she steals her first book. Once it is read to her by her foster father, it becomes her goal to steal as many books as she can and read them to her neighbors and friends in order to distract them from the war waging just outside their houses.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grade Level: Grades 6-8
Readers who will like this: Students interested in WWII will appreciate the historical context of this book. Students who love to read will also relate to Liesel’s appetite for literature.
Rating/Response: 9/10. Zusak is a fantastic writer. He will play with your emotions and make you fall in love with his characters.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is one thing that can always help you get through hard times?
Posted by: Billy Gregg