Front cover of an edition of The Book Thief.

'The Book Thief (ISBN 9780375842207) is a multiple award-winning historical fiction novel aimed primarily at children and young adults by Australian author Markus Zusak. It was first published in Australia in 2005 and published worldwide in 2006. A film based on the novel was released in 2013.


The Book Thief is narrated by Death and is about a young girl in Nazi Germany who he feels a connection with. The novel describes Liesel Meminger's relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during World War II.


  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (South East Asia and South Pacific) (2007)
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2006)
  • Daniel Elliott Peace Award (2006)
  • Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year (2006)
  • Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book (2006)
  • Michael L. Printz Honor Book (2007)
  • Book Sense Book of the Year (2007)
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