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Monday, October 10, 2011


The range of fantastic Children's/ Young Adult Literature that is available these days really amazes me.

Today I finished reading a fabulous book, The Book Thief  written by Australian author Markus Zusak.

It is a book that has been marketed as an older children's book in some countries and as an adult novel in others and can be appreciated by either.

I loved it.

Set in Nazi Germany, it describes how a young girl's mother delivers her into the care of foster parents around the start of WWII. Her brother is not so lucky as he dies on the way. The girl never hears from her mother again and spends the rest of the war with these rather unlikely, generous souls who also shelter a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement for a time.

The Book Thief is written in a most unusual style, narrated throughout by Death. It was published in 2005 and has won numerous awards. It has also been listed on the New York Times' Children's Bestseller List for over 190 weeks.

 If you're like me and you haven't read this one already, I thoroughly recommend it.



  1. I love literature marketed at young adults. I think it's a lot more thoughtful and deals with some darker topics than when I was that age.

  2. I have read this book and think it is amazing,one of the best books I have read for a long time.I have recommended it to so many people .

  3. Dear Helen,
    I would love you very much to enter our Ravelry giveaway!
    Interesting post unfortunately I have no time to read these days!
    Love and best wishes Suex

  4. I am always looking for my next book. Thanks for the heads up on this one. I do trust a good teacher always. I'm still on book 5 of Jamie and Claire. Believe it or not, I couldn't get Scott nose out of book 3 the whole vaca. He's hooked too.

  5. Sounds like an interesting read Helsie.

    Literature for children and young adults has come a long way since my day but I still hold a torch for the Chronicles of Narnia...!