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Subject: Hidden Gem
Date Posted: 3/8/2008 11:01 PM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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I bought a book when I was visiting family in England called The Book Thief. Thought it was a great fictional read about a very real time in history from an interesting perspective. Just sharing...

Book Description
The story of a young orphan girl who steals books, about her foster family and the Jewish boxer hidden in their basement as they struggle to survive in Nazi Germany, narrated by the voice of Death.

1939, Nazi Germany - The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some important information - This novel is narrated by death. It's a small story about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Another thing you should know - death will visit the book thief three times.

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 3:07 AM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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I read that recently, you're right it's wonderful! However it's nowhere near being a "hidden gem", it was a bestseller and won numerous book awards. Even though it's technically a young adult novel I think all ages can get something from the story.

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 11:50 AM ET
Member Since: 3/10/2007
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It's on my wishlist and I'm itching to get it!!  I can't wait to read it.