The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a tale of war, friendship, and the power of words. Narrated by Death, the story follows Liesel through the trials and tribulations of growing up during the Nazi regime in Germany.
Australian born author, Markus Zusak, has authored five books. Published in 2005, The Book Thief has held the number one spot on Amazon.com, Amazon.com.UK, and The New York Times Bestseller list. The Book Thief has been heralded as, “Brilliant and hugely ambitious…the kind of book that can be life changing” (The New York Times). To date, The Book Thief has been translated into 30 languages. Zusak’s writing style has been described as innovative and poetic. For more information on Zusak, visit: www.randomhouse.com/features/markuszusak
Inspiration for The Book Thief came largely from tales Zusak’s mother would tell regarding growing up in Nazi occupied Germany. Two tales were extremely influential. The first was the tale of a Munich bombing. The second was an eye witness account of a group of prisoners marching through town to Dachau. The Book Thief opens in the year 1939 and continues throughout World War II and beyond. For more information, visit: www.MarkusZusak.com.au/author.html
For more information on The Book Thief, click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/27/books/27masl.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0