The Book Thief, by Marcus ZusakRead about another entry on the list.
The story of Liesl Meminger in WWII Germany is a heart-breaking read, and Death—not just dying, but the entity itself—is in no small part responsible for the pain. As a narrator, Death is observant, compassionate, and empathetic. As he speaks, so tenderly, of events not even he understands, he renews your own sense of horror. In the end, Death’s final word is as good a summation as any book-jacket blurb: “I am haunted by humans.”
The Book Thief also appears among Lenore Appelhans's top ten teen books featuring flashbacks and Kathryn Erskine's top 10 first person narratives.