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Book Thief Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 March 2016

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  • Hardcover : 592 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1101934182
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1101934180
  • Product Dimensions : 16.28 x 4.45 x 23.65 cm
  • Publisher : Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; 10th Anniversary ed. Edition (8 March 2016)
  • Reading level : 12 and up
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 19,205 ratings

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"Brilliant and hugely ambitious...Some will argue that a book so difficult and sad may not be appropriate for teenage readers...Adults will probably like it (this one did), but it's a great young-adult novel...It's the kind of book that can be life-changing, because without ever denying the essential amorality and randomness of the natural order, The Book Thief offers us a believable hard-won hope...The hope we see in Liesel is unassailable, the kind you can hang on to in the midst of poverty and war and violence. Young readers need such alternatives to ideological rigidity, and such explorations of how stories matter. And so, come to think of it, do adults." -New York Times

The Book Thief is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader's mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night. It seems poised to become a classic. -USA Today

Zusak doesn't sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five with grim, darkly consoling humor." -Time Magazine

Elegant, philosophical and moving...Beautiful and important. -Kirkus Reviews, Starred

This hefty volume is an achievement...a challenging book in both length and subject... -Publisher's Weekly, Starred

One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years. -The Wall Street Journal

Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak's poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour de force to be not just read but inhabited. -The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

An extraordinary narrative. -SLJ, Starred

About the Author

Markus Zusak is the internationally bestselling author of six novels, including The Book Thief and most recently, Bridge of Clay. His work is translated into more than forty languages, and has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia.

All of Zusak's books - including earlier titles, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, When Dogs Cry (also titled Getting the Girl), and The Messenger (or I am the Messenger) - have been awarded numerous honors around the world, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers.

In 2013, The Book Thief was made into a major motion picture, and in 2018 was voted one of America's all-time favorite books, achieving the 14th position on the PBS Great American Read. Also in 2018, Bridge of Clay was selected as a best book of the year in publications ranging from Entertainment Weekly to the Wall Street Journal.

Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.

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