Written by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief takes place in Nazi-occupied Germany and tells the story of a young girl named Liesel Meminger who has a passion for books and words. The book showcases her life in the late 1930s and her interactions with different people in her town, many of whom love books just like she does.
In the story, Liesel writes a book about her life called “The Book Thief,” because she stole quite a few books with her best friend Rudy. The last line in her book is “I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” Liesel’s passion for reading, writing and life is wonderfully narrated in Zusak’s book, which was published in 2005 and spent more than 230 weeks on the New York Times’ Children’s Bestseller List.
The Book Thief is available through Indiana Humanities Novel Conversations lending library. Request a set (for free!) for your book club today.
In July and August, Indiana Humanities is exploring the topic of “passion,” as part of its Spirit of Competition theme.