The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, a little girl who is taken to a new home because her mother can’t afford to take care of her. The story is told by Death, who becomes a character you come to respect and even feel sorry for by the end. Much of what Death says is very philosophical, and even beautiful.
The story is set in Nazi Germany, at the start of World War Two. On the journey to her new home, Liesel’s younger brother dies and she steals her first book: The Gravedigger’s Handbook. When she arrives at her new home, she suddenly has a new mama and papa. Haunted every night by nightmares of her brother’s death, Liesel and her Papa set themselves the challenge of reading the book, Liesel’s last link to her brother. (review in The Guardian)