It's a tricky choice this one - I've got a couple of other books that have recently arrived, written by local authors that I desperately want to read - but this is next month's bookclub book, and I love those discussions - and I want to have read this book and had some time to think about it. So it's jumping in front of a couple of other ones and I've got my fingers crossed for a cold weekend (given up even contemplating the vague possibility of rain).

From the Blurb:

Death, a sardonic and articulate character who is afraid of humans, narrates this WWII coming-of-age story about faith, love, hope amidst tragedy.

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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

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Submitted by Karen on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 07:10 pm