The Book Thief is a novel by Markus Zusak that was first published in 2005 that tells the story of a young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II. It touches on themes of love and loss, and is narrated by Death, giving it a unique and haunting perspective. Significantly, The Book Thief explores the immense, sometimes contradictory power of language, including that of the printed word. Read key facts, the plot summary, and important quotes.


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