Liesel Memingerís life is changed when she picks up a single object, a book, partially hidden in the snow by her brotherís grave. It is The Grave Diggerís Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayorís wifeís library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these times are dangerous times. When Lieselís foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Lieselís world is both opened up and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
(2007, Paperback, 576 pages)