The Book Thief is a highly acclaimed historical fiction; I can see why. It tells the story of Liesel Memminger, a girl living in Nazi Germany. The tone and writing style are incredibly unique because it is narrated by death, causing it to have a very refreshing perspective. Death the narrator would very often “spoil” what is going to happen, but it is done so cleverly that it does not diminish our interest at all, in fact it elevates it. Throughout the book, we get to see Liesel grow up; as her understanding of the world matures, we the readers also get a more comprehensive view on all the aspects, mainly the political state, of her time. Although this book is pretty long, its pacing is still very balanced. The plot and the characters are so real and all the emotions and atmosphere are depicted wonderfully. A friend told me about this book and I’m so happy that I took the time to read it. I would recommend it to anyone searching for a great read. 4.5/5. Cathy, grade 10, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

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