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Area readers selected The Book Thief as the One Book One Siouxland title for 2010. Set in Germany during World War II, this Markus Zusak novel is about a foster child who values books enough to steal them.

A thick book at 500+ pages, The Book Thief is nevertheless a quick and compelling read, appropriate for teens and general audiences.

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Liesel Meminger is only 9 years old when she is taken to live with the Hubermanns, a foster family, in Molching, Germany, in the late 1930s. She arrives with few possessions, but among them is The Grave Digger's Handbook, a book she stole from her brother's burial place. During the years that Liesel lives with the Hubermanns, Hitler becomes more powerful, life on Himmel Street becomes more fearful, and Liesel becomes a full-fledged book thief. She rescues books from Nazi book-burnings and steals from the library of the mayor. Liesel is illiterate when she steals her first book, but Hans Hubermann uses her prized books to teach her to read. This is a story of courage, friendship, love, survival, death, and grief. This is Liesel's life on Himmel (Heaven) Street, told from Death's point of view.

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