The Book Thief Summer Book Report

1080 Words Mar 21st, 2015 5 Pages
Chloe Nelson
Mrs. Strampe
Honors English 9
20 March 2015
The Book Thief Summer Book Report
3. What are the best parts of this book? Why? What are the worst parts of this book? Why? Give details with page numbers from the book to explain.
I think the best parts of the book are where you see Liesel grow and understand the difficult times that she lives in with her limited knowledge of life. Something I really enjoyed this book was the characterization and background of the characters. One of the best parts of the book is when we see the first time Liesel ever steal a book, after her young brother Werner died on the train ride to their new foster parents’ home. She was with her mother who could not support her two children after Liesel’s father was accused of being a ‘communist’. They stop at a graveyard where a young gravedigger buries Werner as his family sobs over him. After this, the narrator describes Liesel seeing the dropped book “The Grave Diggers Manual”, and tucking it into her clothing (Zusak 54). This is a turning point where we can see Liesel’s personality developing as she seeks comfort in her life from sorrow, “The book thief had struck for the first time – the beginning of an illustrious career.” (Zusak 19). The worst part of the book was arguably the very end. Although a terrible end to the story is foreshadowed continually throughout the book, it still comes as a shock when you find out the fate of the characters. We find that after all of the characters had…

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