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Booked for Lunch: 'The Book Thief'

Booked for Lunch
​Booked for Lunch runs fortnightly (Thursday, morning tea) and is open to staff and students alike.  It’s a great way to meet new people and read new books, all while indulging over culinary delights.

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Marcus Zusak

Genre: Historical Fiction

Difficulty: Medium

Availability: School and town libraries, online and in stores

Rating: 5 out of 5 apples

What is the book about? The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger. Liesel is a nine-year-old German girl who is given up by her mother to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann shortly before World War II.

Where and when is the book set? Set in the fictional town of Molching, Germany between 1939 and 1943.

Did you enjoy the book? I enjoyed reading The Book Thief as it was written from a very unique perspective. The Book Thief is narrated by Death. Although, this seems like a dark theme it is appropriate for the context of the story which is set in Germany during the Holocaust. The narration puts an odd perspective on the story.

Can you relate to the protagonist and their plight? Liesel Meminger is the main character of The Book Thief. Liesel’s story is surrounded by sadness which emphasises what it was like for many people living in Germany during World War II. 

Comment on some of the book’s themes. Friendship – The Book Thief highlights the importance of friendship to provide support and entertainment.

Words – The Book Thief is a novel about words and how they can be used for a number of purposes. Words can be used to captivate people, introduce new ideas and manipulate populations.

Who would you recommend this book to? I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in history, in particular an interest in World War II. It is a serious story and I would recommend it to anyone aged 13 and upwards.


Are you booked for lunch?
See Mrs Ross in GSF2 for more information.