The Book Thief: A Brief Summary

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In Markus Zusak's novel The Book Thief, Death reveals a story about a young German girl, Liesel Meminger, and her journey to and while living in Nazi Germany during WWII. Her mom can not afford to take care of her and her brother, Werner, so they have to go and live with their new foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Along their way to their new home a tragic incident happens and Werner ends up passing away on the bus due to hunger, cold, and poverty. This leaves Liesel absolutely devastated. While attending his funeral in the graveyard, she steals The Grave Digger's Handbook from the cemetery after it falls from a young gravedigger's coat. After the funeral, she finally completes her journey into reaching her new home and instantly likes her new papa. They send her to school and she becomes friends with Rudy Steiner which she eventually falls in love with throughout the book. Later on the family of three hides a Jewish person in their house and Liesel instantaneously grows a friendship with him that she had never had with anyone which makes it really hard when he leaves to keep the family from getting in trouble. She starts “stealing” books with Rudy from the mayor’s wife and becomes known as “The Book Thief”. At the end of the book a huge bombing occurs and wipes everyone out on her street, leaving Liesel and the mayor and…show more content…
When Hans makes the decision to give the prisoner the small, stale bread, many bad things occur. He ended up getting whipped multiple times, gets a letter saying he was getting departed to go to war, and Max ends up having to leave. People looked down among their family from here on out. For example, after he got whipped for doing this action it says “Silver eyes were pelted then. A cart was turned over and paint flowed onto the street. They called him a Jew lover.” Being said it shows that actions speak louder than

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