The Book Thief - Young Adult vs Adult? Showing of 9Jul 26, AM. I was hauntingly enchanted with this book. I loved every minute of it, but wouldn't have picked it out if it weren't for a strong recommendation from a friend. I had trouble even finding it in the bookstore. Why did the publisher choose to classify this as Young Adult fiction? This book seemed very adult to me particularly because of the character development and depth with which the themes were carried out.
Fighting for Their Lives
BFF Charm: Yay! Guys, you are going to have to forgive me on this, but I'm pretty sure I won't even be able to THINK about the book without crying, which means a suspicious lack of exuberant exclamation marks. Death really hates his job, you guys. It's no fun, collecting all those souls and winging them off to the great beyond. And in Germany in , he's starting to get stretched pretty thin. But Liesel Meminger isn't having it all that easy, either.
In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier - and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook , and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library.
Published in , The Book Thief became an international bestseller and was translated into 63 languages. It was adapted into a feature film of the same name. After the death of Liesel's younger brother on a train to Molching, on the outskirts of Munich , Liesel arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann, distraught and withdrawn. During her time there, she is exposed to the horrors of the Nazi regime , caught between the innocence of childhood and the maturity demanded by her destructive surroundings. As the political situation in Germany deteriorates, her foster parents conceal a Jewish fist-fighter named Max Vandenburg.
Aug 31, AM. Okay so, this has been bugging me for a while now. What exactly are the so called "rules" of what qualifies a book as Young Adult? In Australia the Book Thief is generally considered Adult Fiction and is found on those shelves in book stores. But in America it has been marketed as Young Adult. Now I don't really have a problem with this. Just thought I'd put in that disclaimer lol.
Based on its title, you might think that The Book Thief is a spy thriller or a Holmes-style detective story. But really, this is the emotional story of a young girl living in Germany during the Holocaust. Yep, a ten-year-old girl is the title's thief. And the books she's stealing aren't top-secret documents— they're just If you got caught stealing books today, you'd get in serious trouble or at least accumulate a staggering library fine. But we love Liesel Meminger, and we root for her and her thieving ways throughout her tale. This young German girl growing up in Nazi Germany is the star of the show.