The Book Thief

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak I loved this book (thank goodness, because my other choices this month were a little bit of a bust). The story of a young girl living in the throes of the first years of WWII. Despite a series of unfortunate incidents she learns to love to read, but must "steal" the books she comes to love so much. The small cast of characters involved in the telling of this story was so heart-wrenchingly real to me. From the publisher, "It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery". The interesting twist to this story is the narrator - The Grim Reaper himself. And as he says, he's not really a bad guy, just someone doing their job, like everyone else!

I noticed that THE BOOK THIEF is catagorized as a YA book. Don't let that stop you from reading this book.