Synopsis: Set during World War II in Germany, this is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster-father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Review: This is a special story for my family and I. On 2013 Christmas day, both my husband and I were exchanging gifts and realized that we had gotten each other the exact same book. It was this one. We both read it and both loved it. Plus because we had an extra copy we were able to pass this book on to another family member for them to read and they loved it too.
It’s always hard to read a historical novel. It’s so real and sad and heartbreaking what people have had to go through in the past. There are parts that you don’t hear about such as the burning of all books.
The main character is a great, strong female character. Already gone through hardship at the beginning of the book she get’s through it and starts to steal books and save them from these fires. She learns to read from them and helps keep the sanity of a Jewish boy hiding in her basement.
The more people understand and empathize with people going through war and hardship I think the better. We need more compassion and love in the world right now.