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Just a quick review:
Book Thief
by Marcus Zusak
The tale of a young girl struggling to survive in Nazi
Germany during WWII. I know what you're thinking - sounds
familiar, right? Nope. You've never read anything like
it. The girl isn't Jewish, but she is a thief. And the
narrator is Death. He and the girl have crossed paths a
few times, and unlike millions of other souls, she has
made an impression on him.
Until you sit and swim in its poetic language, its vivid
characters, and visceral tragedy, you won't understand the
power of the Book Thief. As a bookseller, I've been
recommending this book to every teacher I talk to, to my
coworkers, and my family and friends. Markus Zusak uses
language physically; dozens of times I felt punched in the
stomach by a jab of a phrase. Over the last twenty or
thirty pages, I held my breath, I cried for an hour, and I
had to tell my wife not to talk to me until I...See More
Bobbi /blockquote>

Your review was quite son absolutely loved this
book, and recommended it to many of his friends. The group
of boys all read it as 5th graders. I'm sure it might not
be for all younger kids, but there are some very mature,
young readers out there. It was just rivoting listening to
their discu...See More
Mar 1, 2008
Sean Camoni from Borders Educator Services /blockquote>

I'm so glad! I would agree with you about the grade level.
As with anything, it's really up to the individual districts
and parents to determine, but I would say at least 7th or 8th
grade for assigned reading. There is some adult language, and
the themes of death are pretty heady.

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Mar 3, 2008

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