The Book Thief
Markus Zusak's The Book Thief has topped the New York Times bestsellers list and has won awards in his home country Australia and all over the world. Set in 1939 Germany, nine year-old Liesel's parents have been taken away to a concentration camp and she is now living with a foster family in a box-like house on Himmel Street. Liesel steals books and this is her story: a story of a girl, an accordionist, fanatical Germans, a jewish fist fighter and a lot of thievery. A piece of modern fiction humorously narrated by Death, The Book Thief is a life-changing tale of the cruel twists of fate and the coincidences on which all our lives hinge, and also a joyous look at the power of books to nourish the soul.