Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak by Marilyn Herbert
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It is 1939 and times are getting tough for everyone in Germany. Ten-year old Liesel and her brother are on their way to be adopted into a foster home, but sadly, the brother dies en route. After his burial, Liesel steals her first book, The Grave Diggers Handbook. The remarkable thing is that Liesel cannot read. We follow Liesel through the war years, as she learns to read, laugh, and play, to interact with family, friends and neighbors, and, most dramatically, to protect a Jew, named Max. Death is the extraordinary narrator of the novel. He spots Liesel and is fascinated with her. He hopes that the goodness she embodies will counteract the world’s tendency toward evil, especially in Nazi Germany. The small rebellions carried out by Liesel and a handful of others show that resistance to tyranny may be possible and that one individual can make a difference. Bookclub-in-a-Box has created a comprehensive guide to The Book Thief and includes the following reflections: How Death narrates a story about life; the moral and practical realities of individual rebellions against the Nazis; the power of books and storytelling, and much more. Every Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide includes complete coverage of the themes and symbols, writing style and interesting background information on the novel and the author.
 

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Marilyn Herbert, the creator of Bookclub-in-a-Box, located in Toronto, Canada, is an international speaker and writer. As a former teacher and school librarian, she adapts her education skills to the effective and thought-provoking consideration of literary fiction and film. Bookclub-in-a-Box has over fifty published guides for contemporary novels. The company was established in 2002 and has an international customer base and subscriber list. Our discussion guides offer an interactive, yet educational, platform for interpreting and enjoying modern fiction. They are ideal for use by book club members, teachers, students and all readers. Samantha Bailey, a published author, has more than 15 years of experience writing, editing, and teaching English. She has a Masters in Education, and runs her own freelance writing and editing business called Perfect Pen Communications. Graeme Bayliss is a young writer and avid reader, with an honors bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Toronto. In addition to his work at Bookclub-in-a-Box, Graeme is a contributor of fictional and non-fictional prose to several university publications. Laura is the Associate Director of Bookclub-in-a-Box, in charge of research, editing, and marketing — she is the voice behind the Bookclub-in-a-Box blog , Facebook , and Twitter accounts. She has an Honours BA in English & Professional Writing from York University and a diploma in Journalism from Centennial College. She is also a freelance writer for Quill & Quire magazine and a copy editor for Torontoist.
 
Published April 27, 2012 by Bookclub-in-a-Box. 90 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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