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Title: The Book Thief
   Author: Markus Zusak
   Release Date: March 14th, 2006

     A New York Times bestseller for seven years running that's soon to be a major motion picture, this Printz Honor book by the author of I Am the Messenger is an unforgettable tale about the ability of books to feed the soul.

     Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

     The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

My Stance:

     I was busy on Friday, watching Kierra Cass's Q&A session Friday and forgot about posting a Flashback. On Cass's chat she did bring to light a book that I have been meaning to highly and frankly haven't gotten around to. The Book Theif has received great praise and I have been looking at it time and time again, wondering why this book was as good as people say. It made Cass's recommendation to those that were watching, so I think it's safe to say it has some good merit.

     When I am looking at the synopsis there really isn't much to say. A book about a girl who steals books, and shares them with those around her and those she barely knows. As well, stating this book is a "unforgettable tale about the ability of books to feed the soul." That's a rather bold statement, and makes me wonder just what this one girl has that's so special. I mean, a book about people who are reading books, and a girl who is feeding their curiousity. Now I'm not trying to talk bad about this book, for all purposes it may be one of the best books around, but if you haven't read this book ever before, read the synopsis, there's not much give to pick up my interest off the bat.
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