Book Reviews

Genre: historical fiction

Key Stage:  Upper KS3+ (is set during WWII and contains upsetting scenes relating to the Holocaust)

Rating: ★★★★ ★

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (2005)

Liesel is sent to live with her new mama and papa in the city of Molching, Germany.
She meets new friends, goes to school, and most of all- reads. Liesel loves books. She steals them.
And then her new life is turned upside down from the day there is a Jew in her basement.
Set in WW2 Nazi Germany, this book resonates with passion, anger and the beauty of words.

One of my favourite things about this story is how it’s narrated- by Death themselves. It gives a completely new insight on the omniscient narrator.

I simply loved this book, as I could just picture Liesel painting words on the walls of her basement, the silvery eyes of Hans Hubermann, the accordionist and the way the author describes things minimally gives a really clear, sharp vision of everything, especially the raw feelings and emotions of the characters.

If you like ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ you should definitely read this, but honestly, I believe that this book is just amazing and that everyone should read it. But beware: don’t read this if you dislike sad endings.

Reviewer:  Muslimah Mirzababaeva, Year 7

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