The Book Thief


We are so excited about the new movie The Book ThiefThe Book Thief is powerful World War II story narrated by “Death” (AKA the Grimm Reaper). This story, soon to be made into a major motion picture, tells the tale of Liesel Meminger  (age nine) who goes to live with a foster family in Molching, Germany. Liesel enters the story having just stolen her first book. Her foster-father reads her this book (called The Gravediggers Handbook) to help her to sleep when she is plagued by nightmares of her younger brother’s death. Through the 1930s-1940s, Liesel acquires more stolen books and many unusual friends. If you have already read this book, then you know how wonderfully rich the story is.  Interested in more books similar to The Book Thief? Here are a few available at Salado Public Library:

1)      The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. (DVD YA Fic Boy) (Y Fic Boy)

“Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.”

2)      Annexed by Sharon Dogar (YA Fic Dog)

“The story of the boy who loved Anne Frank.”

3)      The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (Audio Download)

“Mourning the loss of his mother, David finds comfort in the books she left behind. But soon the make-believe world of the books melds with David’s reality, and the figments of his imagination become startlingly real. Suddenly, he finds himself in a brutal land populated by trolls, harpies, and werewolf-like creatures. His only hope is to find the king, whose Book of Lost Things could show David the way home.”


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