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Sep 11, 2007 | ISBN 9780375842207

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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


ALA Best Books for Young Adults WINNER 2007

Book Sense Children’s Pick List WINNER 2007

Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book WINNER 2006

Horn Book Fanfare WINNER 2006

IRA Notable Books for a Global Society WINNER 2006

Kentucky Bluegrass Master List WINNER 2008

Kirkus Reviews Editor Choice Award WINNER 2006

Michael L. Printz Honor Book WINNER 2007

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age WINNER 2007

Printz Honors WINNER 2007

Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year WINNER 2007

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year WINNER 2006

Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List WINNER 2007

Virginia Young Readers Program Master List WINNER 2007

Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (South East Asia & South Pacific) NOMINEE 2006

Michigan Reading Association Great Lakes Book Award NOMINEE 2007

Rhode Island Teen Book Award NOMINEE 2008

ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings SELECTION 2007

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