Discuss the theme of the individual vs. society, and how characters either conform to or rebel against societal expectations.

How does the novel explore the idea of family? How is family defined at the beginning of the novel vs. the end?

Which character is most affected by the war, and how?

Is there an antagonist in the novel? If so, who?

Discuss the meaning of the book Max writes for Liesel, “The Word Shaker,” and if the story comes true.