Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date Published: March 8th 2016 (This Edition)
Format: Hardcover Anniversary Edition
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Bubbles
GoodReads Description: 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.
This book changed my life and is definitely one of my favorites. I love the POV it is told in. It is very different than anything I have ever read. This book made me laugh at one point and then it ripped my heart out complete line later. I would recommend reading with a box.. or two of tissues. I started reading this book about 2 years ago and never finished it because I saw the movie. After the movie I was like oh my god that was amazing spot on! Boy I was wrong now reading the whole book and watching the movie again they missed a lot. However it doesn’t make me dislike the movie I just prefer the book. I would recommend both 100%