I just finished The Book Thief last night. It had recieved some high praise on the internet so I was hoping it would live up to the hype. It did.
The book is about Liesel Meminger, who at only 9 years old, is taken to the live with the Hubermanns, a foster family, on Himmel Street in Molching Germany, in the late 1930's. She arrives with few possessions, but among them is The Graeve Digger's Handbook, a book stole from her brothers burial place. During the years that Liesel lives with the Hubermanns, Hitler becomes powerful , live on Himmel Street becomase more fearful, and Liesel becomes a full-fledges book thief. She rescues books from Nazi book burnings and steals from the library of the mayor. Liesel is illiterate when she steals her first book , but Hans Hubermann uses her prized books to teach her to read. The book is a story of courage, friendship, love, survival, death and grief. The book is Liesel's life on Himmel Street, told from Death;s point of view.
Again, this book had me sucked in from the beginning. As I was nearing the end, I was sad that it would be over soon. I also had a scene played out in my mind of how the book would end. That didn't happen. The ending was good and had a couple of surprises.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5.