Liesel Meminger lives in Nazi Germany. Her little brother just died, her mother has left her, and she is now living on a street named after Heaven with her foster parents. She discovers that she cannot resist books and learning to read and becomes the book thief, stealing books as needed. As life unfolds around her with all its turmoil and grief (it is wartime and bombs are falling and people are dying, after all), she finds that joy can be found in the most unexpected of places.
Oh, and the entire book is narrated by Death. You know, the guy with a sickle and a long hooded robe.
I have been reading novels about the Second World War for half my life, and this book comes out on top. I have not stopped raving about it to friends and family since I read it back in November (like I forced friends to read Twilight before that). Liesel is someone that almost anyone can relate to, and Rudy is the best friend you wish you had. The book recently won a Printz Honor for being an outstanding book for young adults.
Yes, I loved this book. 5 stars out of 5.
Watch a trailer for The Book Thief (like a movie trailer but for a book - seriously!)