Hi there, BookBirdz readers! I’m happy to share with you a gripping book review, written by active reader Hannah C-D., age fourteen. Enjoy!
Set in the middle of the second world war in Nazi Germany, this complex and thought-provoking story is told from the view of a young girl, Liesel Meminger. She had faced many challenges and hardships in her early childhood, but upon moving in with her foster parents she begins to have a desire for knowledge that not even stealing literature from a Nazi book burning can satisfy. However, the country is at war , and when Liesel’s family decides to shelter a Jew in their basement, her life is turned upside-down. Recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction and books that really make you think.
Liesel Meminger is desperately cold, hungry, and heartbroken. It is 1939, and the Nazis are plotting to take over the world. Her brother has died in her arms, and now she has become a foster child, a girl given up by her mother. Despite her new life, where she is unfamiliar and terribly sad, Liesel holds on to one book, which she stole from the snow near her brother’s grave. And it is through books, that she falls deeply in love, that is, with words. With words, Liesel reconstructs her life, devoting herself to her foster father, who patiently teaches her how to read and survive, in the perilous times to come in that era. Alas, the danger is heightened when a Jewish man is hidden in their basement, and the bombs are on their way. Liesel, the book thief and lover of words, faces a whole new challenge… war.