Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Top 100 YA Novels (#7)

#7 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2006)

[602 points – 26 #1s, 13 #2s, 6 #3s, 11 #4s, 6 #5s, 3 #6s, 5 #7s, 6 #8s, 3 #9s, 5 #10s]

"Another side to the war story, this time a child's journey and experiences during the war. Heart wrenching." Lisa McRobert, reader.

A beautifully written story that treats this important period of history in an original way." Michelle Sweeney, librarian.

"Absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful." Steph, reader.

Even though I was no longer a ""young adult"" when I read this book, it made me feel like I was in the throes of adolescence again. The life of Liesel Meminger, told through the lens of Death as a narrator during Nazi Germany, is filled with moments that are exuberant and painful at the same time. I finished the book crying and immediately picked it back up and read it again." Kristal LeMaistre, reader.

It was a fabulous story. I loved how it was simply written, yet it had a profound message.” Natalie Klinger, reader.

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

Inspired by the stories he would hear from his parents, Australian Zusak allowed stories of Munich’s bombing to influence Death’s story. A widely critically praised novel, The Book Thief has been awarded National Jewish Book Award, Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children's Literature, Printz Honor, Exclusive Books Boeke Prize, Zilveren Zoen,Prijs Kinder- en Jeugdjury Vlaanderen, Teen Read Award Nominee for Best All-Time-Fave(2010.)


Emily Cross said...

I'm so happy this made the top 10 - it is one of my favourite books ever and I read this as a (kinda) adult!! Just wonderful :)

Mezzowriter said...

I'm with you, Emily. After reading hundreds of books--probably thousands--this is still the most beautifully written book I've ever read in my life.

Carla said...

I feel like *the* biggest fraud because I bought this unwillingly (i know, i know) after being told more times than I would like to share by jenny how amazing this book was. It's still sat on my shelf. I guess this means I should probably read it at some point.

Pens said...

Well deserved spot in the top ten!

Emily Cross said...

@Carla, You'll either love it or hate and you'll know within a few chapters. My mum couldn't finish it (how we're related I don't know)! It's just such a beautiful story and the writing is so unique. Definitely one of those books that stay with you

prophecygirl said...


This was my #1 vote. Best book ever.

Marg said...

I am so glad to see this book so high up in the list! Awesome.

Tina said...

I've heard about this book everywhere, and now it has appeared on your blog. Must read.... :)