Shelfari edited the description of Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses The Book Thief, a novel by Markus Zusak Wednesday, January 6, 2010.
1939 is a tough time for everyone in Germany. Ten-year old Liesel and her brother are on their way to be adopted into a foster home, but sadly, the brother dies en route. After his burial, Liesel steals her first book, The Grave Diggers Handbook. The remarkable thing is that Liesel cannot read. , Death spots Liesel in the graveyard and is fascinated by her. He watches throughout the war years as Liesel learns to read, makes friends, and even rescues and cares for a Jew. Death observes how the small rebellions carried out by Liesel and a handful of others offer an antidote to the tyranny of the day. Zusak's remarkable book shows that it iis possible for a single individual to make a difference in the world. The Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide looks at the interesting ideas that Zusak includes in the novel. Consider how Death narrates a story about life. Get to know the individuals who did not follow or enable Nazi doctrine and who acted on behalf of those in need. Discuss the moral and practical realities of rebellion against the established authority of the times. Explore the power of books and storytelling. Every Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide includes complete coverage of the themes and symbols, writing style and interesting background information on the novel and the author.