Why did I love this book?
I liked this YA book so much that I recommended it to my adult book club who also loved it. The main character, Liesel Meminger, loses her family during the WWII Holocaust in Germany. Taken in by kind-hearted foster parents, she feels low self-esteem because she is illiterate. Learning to read her stolen books helps her find companionship and acceptance and raises her feelings about her own self-worth. I appreciate the author’s quirky style; his narrator, for example, is Death who claims to be completely objective about his task, and yet, he is concerned about Liesel. The tone is ironic and sometimes humorous in a macabre way. Zusak’s unique voice resonates with me; I know it will with my middle-grade students.