Featured Titles The Life-Saving Power of Words

Markus Zusak once thought THE BOOK THIEF would be his least successful book. Of course, we now know his story about Liesel Meminger as an international phenomenon—a #1 New York Times bestselling book, a critically acclaimed audiobook, and now, a major motion picture.

We were lucky enough to see THE BOOK THIEF two weeks ago with Markus in the audience, and we were thrilled to be able to enjoy this breathtaking story in yet another new format. THE BOOK THIEF is truly a testament to the power of words and storytelling, especially oral storytelling. It was a deeply personal story for Markus—just as Liesel learns to read by listening to her Papa (a housepainter) read aloud, Markus learned to write by listening to his parents (a housepainter and cleaner) tell stories. Through her lessons with Papa and the stories written by Max, the Jewish man hidden in their basement, Liesel discovers the life-changing and, ultimately, life-saving power of words.

The story also provides a wonderful opportunity to discuss a difficult period in world history with your children. It is full of historical references but is told through the accessible perspective of a relatable young girl. In the same vein of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Watsons Go to Birmingham, THE BOOK THIEF is a powerful coming-of-age story that also tackles tough historical and societal issues. It is quickly becoming a cherished classic that flies off the shelves. If you haven’t heard THE BOOK THIEF on audio yet, we strongly encourage you to take a listen.

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
Read by Allan Corduner

Here’s what some have to say about this fantastic audio:

★ “Corduner uses considerable zeal and a talent for accents to navigate Zusak’s compelling, challenging novel set in Nazi Germany. The storytelling aspects of this structure include asides to the listener, and lots of foreshadowing about what eventually happens to the various lead characters—appealing features for listeners… With quick vocal strokes, Corduner paints vivid, provocative portraits of Germans and Jews under unfathomable duress and the ripple effect such circumstances have on their lives.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “British narrator Corduner, whose crisp enunciation reveals a reverence that Death affords departed souls, does an outstanding job. His affable asides lighten the seriousness of his reading task… Thanks to Corduner’s moving interpretation, the horrors and impact of Hitler are readily discerned through the eyes of resolute Liesel.”—Booklist, starred review

“Corduner effortlessly handles the book’s distinctively expansive yet intimate nature in a tour de force performance.”—The Horn Book Magazine

Author Markus Zusak and the BOT Team

Author Markus Zusak and the BOT Team

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