The Book Thief
book | Fiction | 2005
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during world war two in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside 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.
The Book Thief has won numerous awards and was listed on the New York Times Children's Bestseller list for over one hundred weeks.
Kate Cooper manages the translation rights for The Book Thief
Translation Rights Sold
School Library Journal
The Horn Book Magazine
The Wall Street Journal
The Book Thief wins award for Chinese translation
Markus Zusak, Monica McInerney, Liane Moriarty and Jane Harper make Top 10 on Better Reading's Top 100 List
Markus Zusak's The Book Thief is Number One in Italy
Markus Zusak and Monica McInerney voted two of Australia’s Favourite Novelists
The Book Thief Film Trailer and Artwork Released
Production Starts on The Book Thief Film Adaptation
The Book Thief sells more than two million copies in the USA
US World Book Night titles announced and Anna Quindlen named as honourary chairperson
World Book Night 2012 titles announced
Richard and Judy’s 100 Books of the Decade
Marcus Zusak's Book Thief at No 2 in Brazil