The Book Thief is the Printz Honor winner from author Markus Zusak. Originally, it was supposed to be a 100 page novella. This novel is narrated by Death and set over World World II Nazi Germany. Check out the video below where Markus Zusak explains his motivation to write The Book Thief, and the history that it comes from.
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