#LoveOzYA Throwback Thursday: The Book Thief

Throwback Thursday  edition is our way of spreading the love of backlist Aussie books that you might have missed. We'll hopefully be posting a new book every second week, and we'd love you to join us!

Tash's pick

Title: The Book Thief
Author:  Marcus Zuscak 
Released: September 1st 2015 
Publisher: Pan Macmillian Australia
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

why i chose it

I can remember vividly the first time I read this book. I was thirteen years old and in year 8. This book somehow was deemed suitable for school and was added to my school's library. I was captured by the blurb and the rest was history. Zuscak's story is one that has universal appeal to readers of all ages.
  Mixing history with fiction, Zusak weaves a tale that  comes to life in speculative fashion Death doesn't discriminate and the narration is key to this story about  little girl who had a taste for books that couldn't be stopped.   

This book was more then epic.  It appeals to the book lover in everyone and creates a story that
It's stood the test of time and is worth of claiming a spot  in my favourite throwbacks. It's a story that won't grow old and reminds us a past that shouldn't be forgotten. Zuscak has written other books but there is only one Lisette and Death.  It's a modern classic that should be on everyone's radar for the story that offers more then a tragic tale of hope. 

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