Copies of The Book Thief available for Oct. discussion
Oct 16, 2008
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
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|Contact Name||Kristin Torresdal|
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Copies of Marcus Zusak’s New York Times bestselling title The Book Thief are currently available for checkout at Decorah Public Library. Library staff member Kristin Torresdal will host an all-ages book discussion Thursday October 16 at 7 pm in the 2nd floor Mezzanine Gallery.
About The Book Thief: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is ‘The Grave Digger’s Handbook,’ left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.
According to the Guardian (UK), “The Book Thief is thought-provoking, life-affirming, triumphant and tragic… a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told. It is an important piece of work, but also a wonderful page-turner.”
The Book Thief is a New York Times and a USA Today bestseller, winner of the Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children’s Literature, winner of the Michael L. Prinz Honor Book Award, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, an American Library Association Notable Book, a Quill Award nominee, a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice, a Horn Book Fanfare, a School Library Journal Best Book of the year, a Booklist Best Book of the Year, and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book.
Author Marcus Zusak has also published Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Getting the Girl, and the award-winning I Am Messenger. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and daughter.
For more information, contact Kristin Torresdal at 382-3717.