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Book title
The book thief


Markus Zusak


Bibliographic information

Publisher:  Black Swan

ISBN: 9780552779739


Links (adaptations, reviews, full texts etc.)


A book about struggles of ordinary people during the World War II


Short summary
During  World War II Germany, young Liesel finds comfort in stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. When her stepfather finds out that she cannot read he decides to teach her, although he is not a good reader himself. Liesel is so eager to read books that she decides to save one from a bonfire made by German Nazi.


Why is the story appropriate for the targeted groups of RSP readers?

  1. It reflects readers´ interests
  2. The recommendation and the report emerged from the survey results 
  3. It reflects political/historical moment.
  4. It’s highly motivational                                             
  5. It promotes understanding of cultural diversities and heritage


What are the distinguished readers interests reflected by this book/story?


Why is this story motivational for the pupils?
The story describes the power books can have, even in difficult life situations, it also depicts the hard life of people in the World War II and the importance of solidarity of people living in certain communities regardless of their nationality, social class or status.


Is there a historical, political, multi/inter cultural, migrant or similar context recognized in this book/story? 
Yes - Liesel´s stepparents try to help a Jewish refugee. It describes the cruelty of the World War II.


Is there a principle of inclusion reflected in this book/story and does it promotes understanding of cultural diversities and heritage? 
Students can learn the importance of family, community and friendship.

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