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Cover of: The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
About the Book

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's 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 foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down. The Book Thief is a story about the power of words and the ability of books to feed the soul.

It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new 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. - Markus Zusak.

Excerpts

a mountain range of rubble

in which our narrator introduces: himself – the colours – and the book thief.
added by Lisa. "first sentence"

57 editions First published in 2005

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The Book Thief
2016 March, Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover in English - Special Anniversary Edition
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The book thief
2016, Alfred A. Knopf
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The Book Thief
Jul 01, 2016, Childrens
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The Book Thief
2016, Random House Audio
Audio CD in German
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The Book Thief
2016, Black Swan
Paperback in English - Special Edition (UK)
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The Book Thief
2016, Alfred A. Knopf
Epub in English - Anniversary Edition
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The Book Thief
2015, Listening Library
Audiobook Download in English
Cover of: Knizhnyĭ vor
Knizhnyĭ vor
2014, ĖKSMO
in Russian
Cover of: La ladrona de libros
La ladrona de libros
2014, Debolsillo
in Spanish
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Bogtyven
2014, Lindhardt og Ringhof
Epub in Danish
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Bókaþjófurinn
2014, JPV
Epub in Icelandic
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The Book Thief
2013, Alfred A. Knopf
Paperback in English - Movie Tie-In Edition (6)
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Die Bücherdiebin
2013, Random House Audio
Audio CD in German
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la ladrona de libros
2013, Vintage Books USA
Mass Market Paperback in Spanish - Movie Tie-in Edition
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The Book Thief
2013, Black Swan
Paperback in English - Film Tie-in edition (UK)
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The Book Thief
2011 July 21, Listening Library
Audiobook Download in English
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Kẻ trộm sách
2011, NXB Trẻ, DT Books
in Vietnamese
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偷书贼: The Book Thief
2011, Shi dai chu ban chuan mei gu fen you xian gong si, Huangshan shu she, Shanghai yingtesong tu shu you xian gong si jing xiao
Paperback in Chinese - 880-02 Di 1 ban.
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a menina que roubava livros
2011, intrinseca
Epub in Portuguese - EDIÇÃO ESPECIAL COM CAPA DO FILME
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Die Bücherdiebin
2009 October, cbt
Paperback in German
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Die Bücherdiebin
2009 October, blanvalet
Paperback in German
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Boktyven
2009, Cappelen Damm Lydbok
Audiobook Download in Norwegian
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La bambina che salvava i libri
2009, Frassinelli
in Italian - 3. ed.
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The Book Thief
2009, Random House Children's Books
E-book in English
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De boekendief
2008 April, the house of books
Epub in Dutch
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Die Bücherdiebin
2008, cbj
Paperback in German
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Die Bücherdiebin
2008, blanvalet
Hardcover in German
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The Book Thief
2008, Random House Publishing Group
eBook in English
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The Book Thief
2007 September, Alfred A. Knopf
Trade Paperback in English - First Knopf trade paperback edition
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The Book Thief
2007 September, Alfred A. Knopf
Trade Paperback in English - First Knopf trade paperback edition
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Storia di una ladra di libri: romanzo
2007, Frassinelli
in Italian
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La voleuse de livres
2007, Oh! Éditions
in French
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The Book Thief: 偷书贼
2007, Nan hai chu ban she
Paperback in Chinese - 880-02 Di 1 ban.
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The Book Thief
2007, Transworld Publishers
Epub in English - 10th Anniversary Edition
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The Book Thief
2007, The Bodley Head
Hardcover in English
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La ladrona de libros
2007, Círculo de lectores
in Spanish
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The Book Thief
2007, Doubleday
Hardcover in English
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The Book Thief
2007, Black Swan
Paperback in English
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Bogtyven
2007, Sesam
in Danish
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A Menina Que Roubava Livros
2007, Editora Intrinseca
Paperback in Portuguese
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La ladrona de libros
2007, Lumen
in Spanish - 3a ed.
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The Book Thief
2007, Alfred A. Knopf
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The Book Thief
2007, Alfred A. Knopf
Epub in English
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偷書賊
2007, 木馬文化事業股份有限公司
Hardcover in Chinese
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The Book Thief
2006-03, Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover in English - 1st American ed. (1)
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the book thief
2006, Alfred A. Knopf
Epub in English - Enhanced Movie Tie-in edition
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The Book Thief
2006, Pan Macmillan Australia
Epub in English
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The Book Thief
2006, Random House Audio
Audio CD in English
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The Book Thief
2006, Alfred A. Knopf
Library Binding in English
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The Book Thief
2006, Thorndike Press
Hardcover in English - Large print ed.
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The Book Thief
2005, Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover in English
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the book thief
2005, markus zusak
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The Book Theif
2005, knopf
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The Book Thief
2005, Picador
in English
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The Book Thief
Publish date unknown, Gettsburg Publishers

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