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Issue Details: First known date: 2005 2005
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'It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger and her younger brother are being taken by their mother to live with a foster family outside Munich. Liesel's father was taken away on the breath of a single, unfamiliar word - Kommunist - and Liesel sees the fear of a similar fate in her mother's eyes. On the journey, Death visits the young boy, and notices Liesel. It will be the first of many near encounters. 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 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 accordion-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 Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.'

[Source: Libraries Australia. Sighted 30/10/08]

Adaptations

The Book Thief Heidi Stillman , 2012 single work drama 'Liesel Meminger is a young girl struggling to survive in Nazi Germany. Her life is filled with risk and danger but her love of books guides her through a brutal world. Death watches over her, fascinated by humankind's will to live. The Book Thief looks at the terrible cost of violence, bearing witness to our compassion and complicity. When Death tells a story, you listen.'

Source: Steppenwolf Theatre Company website, http://www.steppenwolf.org
Sighted: 24/10/2012
form y The Book Thief Michael Petroni , United States of America (USA) : Fox 2000 Pictures Studio Babelsberg , 2013 6342507 2013 single work film/TV

Notes

  • Dedication: For Elizabeth and Helmut Zusak, with love and admiration.
  • Included on the United States Board on Books for Young People and the Children's Book Council (US) 2006 Outstanding International Booklist.
  • Selected in 2012 by Chicage Public Library for 'One Book, One Chicago'.
  • Ranked #2 in ABC1's First Tuesday Book Club '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' 2012 voting ballot.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording and large print.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Korean translations.

    The Book Thief is indexed as an adult book, but the affiliation applies because it has been reviewed as a young adult text, and has also won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2005 .
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    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan Macmillan Australia , 2013 .
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      ISBN: 9781742613314 (paperback)
Alternative title: La bambina che salvava i libri
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      ISBN: 8876849432, 9788876849435
      Series: Narrativa Frassinelli Frassinelli (publisher), series - publisher Number in series: 330

Works about this Work

Readers Again Pick 'Book Thief' as Favourite Rosemary Neill , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 March 2016; (p. 15)

'For the third consecutive year, the local young adult title The Book Thief has snaffled the No 1 spot in the Dymocks Top 101 survey, an annual list of readers’ favourite books' (Rosemary Neill).

Pushing Aside the Nazi : Personal and Collective Exculpation and the Everyday German in Markus Zusak's The Book Thief Kirril Shields , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dapim : Studies on the Holocaust , vol. 30 no. 1 2016; (p. 1-15)

'In this paper I argue that Markus Zusak's The Book Thief allows for the personal and collective exculpation of the common or ‘ordinary’ citizens of Germany who lived through the Third Reich. By drawing on the German historian Martin Broszat and his historiographical study of ‘everyday’ life under Nazi rule, I establish that the novel creates a number of contentious themes. First, it suggests that the Nazis were a group who resided on the periphery of German society, and that the rise of Hitler's Third Reich was unpopular among the general German population. Second, while Germans later became victims of Allied bombings and/or Russian invasion, the population was also victim to the nation's political situation. In arguing that German citizens were victims of the Nazis, The Book Thief separates a supposed ‘demonic’ social minority from the ‘everyday’ working class. Depicting the German lower classes as innocent bystanders or victims, the book allows its readers and, in particular, its German readers, to reflect upon this tumultuous historical period with some cultural and social moral fortitude intact. Furthermore, the paper suggests that this novel is just one example of a corpus of Australian texts that have, in recent years, reconfigured traditional literary representations of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust.'

Source: Abstract.

Machinic Liaisons : Death's Dance with Children in Markus Zusak's The Book Thief Marcus P. J. Bohlmann , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Global Perspectives on Death in Children's Literature 2015; (p. 255-269)
A Series of Fortunate Readers : A Collaborative Review Article of Important Australasian YA Writing Jessica Seymour , Denise Beckton , Eugen Bacon , Donna Lee Brien , Gyps Curmi , Maree Kimberley , Jodi McAlister , Catriona Mills , Shivaun Plozza , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: TEXT : Special Issue Website Series , October no. 32 2015;

— Review of Hitler's Daughter Jackie French 1999 single work children's fiction ; The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel ; Jasper Jones Craig Silvey 2009 single work novel ; Tribe Ambelin Kwaymullina 2012- series - author novel ; The Obernewtyn Chronicles Isobelle Carmody 1987 series - author novel ; Waiting for the End of the World Lee Harding 1983 single work novel ; On the Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta 2006 single work novel ; The Incredible Adventures Of Cinnamon Girl Melissa Keil 2014 single work novel
Fighting Words Markus Zusak , 2014 single work autobiography
— Appears in: The Age , 4 January 2014; (p. 12) The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 January 2014; (p. 10-11)
Author Has Novel Feeling Neala Johnson , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 12 January 2014; (p. 25)
Markus Zusak Story-Teller Shines a Light in the Dark Tim Lloyd (interviewer), 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 22 March 2014; (p. 56)
Book Thief Steals Its Way to Screen Annabel Ross , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 February 2013; (p. 14)
Celebrating Great Australian Writing : First Tuesday Book Club 2013 single work column
— Appears in: InCite , 1 January vol. 34 no. 1/2 2013; (p. 18-20)
Jury in for Sydney Festival Competition Michael Bodey , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 May 2013; (p. 15)
Adaptation Anticipation Andrew Wrathall , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , vol. 92 no. 5 2013; (p. 8)
Novel Ambition Nick Miller , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23-24 November 2013; (p. 12-15)
Drawn to Power of Words 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 5 January 2013; (p. 16-17)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Tear-Stained Pages 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , August 2013; (p. 26-29)

— Review of Seven Little Australians Ethel Turner 1894 single work children's fiction ; The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 May 2012; (p. 31)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the selection of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief as the title for the 2012 'One Book, One Chicago' reading campaign.
Frailty and Feeling: Literature for Our Times Paul Sharrad , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature for Our Times : Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century. 2012; (p. 53-68)
Books and Blogs : Promoting Reading Achievement in Digital Contexts Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teenagers and Reading : Literary Heritages, Cultural Contexts and Contemporary Reading Practices 2012; (p. 191-209)
The World Upside Down : Contributions of Three Contemporary World War II-Era Novels to Popular Culture Joseph F. Ceccio , Cathy M. Ceccio , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Popular Culture Review , Summer vol. 23 no. 2 2012; (p. 49-60)
Un Oleaje Renovado Winston Manrique Sabogal , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: El país , 7 May 2011;
Además del Nobel Patrick White y del doblemente galardonado con el Booker Peter Carey, la lista de autores australianos es creciente en España. Una literatura sin tópicos ni etiquetas. [The number of Australian writers, besides Patrick White and Peter Carey, who are known and read in Spain is growing. Theirs is a literature that exceeds classifications or labels - Translation.]
Words from the Basement : Markus Zusak's The Book Thief Susan Koprince , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Notes on Contemporary Literature , January vol. 41 no. 1 2011; (p. 8-11)
End of Innocence Sally Blakeney , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 13 September vol. 123 no. 6487 2005; (p. 68-69)

— Review of Once Morris Gleitzman 2005 single work children's fiction ; East of Time Jacob G. Rosenberg 2005 single work autobiography ; The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Words as Crumbs that Lead to Salvation Sara Dowse , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 September 2005; (p. 17)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Stolen Books from a Stolen Childhood Peter Pierce , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 September 2005; (p. 5)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Reading the Horror Alan Gold , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 September 2005; (p. 15)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Of Life and Death Katharine England , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 October 2005; (p. 12)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Ungrasped Depths Lorien Kaye , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 275 2005; (p. 36)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Shooting Fears of Greatness Jennifer Moran , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 - 28 August 2005; (p. 6)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Stolen Moments Michelle Griffin , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 December 2005; (p. 30)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
A Child's Tale Narrated by 'Death' Deborah Stone , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 31 March vol. 72 no. 26 2006; (p. 10)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Fighting for Their Lives John Green , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 14 May vol. 111 no. 20 2006; (p. 26)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Untitled Ernie Tucker , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: English in Australia , Summer no. 144 2005; (p. 74-75)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Beauty Amid the Carnage Rod Moran , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 16 October 2006; (p. 10)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
The Book Thief Thomas Mann , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 13 no. 4 2005; (p. 21)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
It's a Steal Philip Ardagh , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 6 January 2007;

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Forget the Scythe: Death Needs a Mop Marianne Brace , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Independent , 31 December 2006; Canberra Sunday Times , 8 July 2007; (p. 21)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Untitled Michael Gerard Bauer , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , December no. 3 2006; (p. 16)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel ; Dreamrider Barry Jonsberg 2006 single work novel
Untitled Robyn Sheahan-Bright , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , December no. 3 2006; (p. 17)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Kids' Lit M. Wayne Cunningham , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Books in Canada , April vol. 35 no. 3 2006; (p. 39)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Untitled April Brannon , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy , May vol. 49 no. 8 2006; (p. 725-726)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
Death and Other Good Fortune Kathleen Noonan , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 - 26 October 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2005 single work novel
The Face : Rosemary Neill Meets Markus Zusak : Writer Rosemary Neill , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 September 2005; (p. 3)
Hope Amid the Flames Sunanda Creagh , 2005 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24-25 September 2005; (p. 20-21)
Big Words from the Smallest Rooms Susan Wyndham , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 April 2006; (p. 19)
A column canvassing current literary news including Marcus Zusak's success in the USA literary market and the reliablity (or otherwise) of bookselling statistics in Australia.
Life During the Holocaust Inspires Voice of Death Lisa Leff , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 April 2006; (p. 11)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 April 2006; (p. 30)
A column canvassing current literary news including the re-vamping of Australian Author and the overseas reception of Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief.
Award-Winning Author on the Write Side of 30 Susan Wyndham , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 May 2006; (p. 12)
Struggle with Death Brings Alive a Personal War Story Frank Walker , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 28 May 2006; (p. 88)
Watch This Face : Markus Zusak Lisa Dabscheck , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The (Sydney) Magazine , July no. 39 2006; (p. 28)
Books and Publishing Joel Meares , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The (Sydney) Magazine , January no. 57 2007; (p. 20-24)
Book Thief Author Steals Top 10 Spot Sarah Price , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 5 October 2008; (p. 17)
YA Lit and the Deathly Fellows Patty Campbell , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , May/June vol. 84 no. 3 2008; (p. 357-361)
Discusses recent young adult novels and short stories that have a narrator that is dead or dying, or other speaking characters that are dead.
The Strangeness of Success, and Other Detours Markus Zusak , 2008 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Australian Author , August vol. 40 no. 2 2008; (p. 16-17)
A Printz Retrospective Jonathan Hunt , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , July/August vol. 85 no. 4 2009; (p. 395-403)
Discusses the winners of the Michael L. Printz Award from 2000 to 2009.
Wizards, Vampires and Elbow Grease Susanne Gervay , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 42 no. 3 2010; (p. 20-22)
'Writing for children and young adults requires an ability to inspire wonder combined with deep reserves of patience, says Susanne Gervay.' ()
Nazis, the Holocaust, and Australia’s History Wars Graham Huggan , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;

'The essay engages with ongoing debates about the validity of comparing Holocaust memory, situating these in the context of Australia's History Wars. Looking at Markus Zusak's The Book Thief (2005) as a recent fictional attempt to confront the effects of both Holocaust memory and German perpetrator trauma, it also considers the novel's status as a displaced (Australian-authored) German survivor's account. Arguing against a facile assimilation of the novel to the contemporary 'Holocaust industry', the essay asserts the value of a transnational approach that insists on the cultural and historical specificity of the Holocaust while showing its continuing usefulness in energising discourses of traumatic memory not necessarily related to the Shoah itself. At the same time, it sounds a cautionary note against using the Holocaust, either as a form of screen memory to avoid confronting colonial violence or as a negative analogy to assert the relative innocuousness of the Australian past.' (Author's abstract)

Un Oleaje Renovado Winston Manrique Sabogal , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: El país , 7 May 2011;
Además del Nobel Patrick White y del doblemente galardonado con el Booker Peter Carey, la lista de autores australianos es creciente en España. Una literatura sin tópicos ni etiquetas. [The number of Australian writers, besides Patrick White and Peter Carey, who are known and read in Spain is growing. Theirs is a literature that exceeds classifications or labels - Translation.]
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 May 2012; (p. 31)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the selection of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief as the title for the 2012 'One Book, One Chicago' reading campaign.
Frailty and Feeling: Literature for Our Times Paul Sharrad , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature for Our Times : Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century. 2012; (p. 53-68)
Books and Blogs : Promoting Reading Achievement in Digital Contexts Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teenagers and Reading : Literary Heritages, Cultural Contexts and Contemporary Reading Practices 2012; (p. 191-209)
Words from the Basement : Markus Zusak's The Book Thief Susan Koprince , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Notes on Contemporary Literature , January vol. 41 no. 1 2011; (p. 8-11)
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