This was a wonderful book! It takes place in Germany during World War II and follows a little girl named Liesel. The author does an excellent job of depicting life in Germany at this time for an ordinary family struggling to survive. At times there is compromise and courage. You will meet Liesel’s foster parents, the Hubberman’s and her friend Rudy. You will also meet the people who make up the little community in which Liesel lives and the Jew she and Hubberman’s hide. This story is as much about words as it is about Liesel. Words interest and excite Liesel. She yearns for them to point of thievery. She learns of the power of words to influence for good and evil. One of the most fascinating aspects of this book is the narrator. The story is told by Death and is his way of trying to understand the complexities of humanity. This narration gives the story a most interesting perspective. I must warn that this book is difficult to read because of the subject matter. War, death, hunger, human atrocities always make for difficult subject matter. Please don’t let my warning discourage you from picking up this book. The story of the book thief is well worth the time and effort.