The Book Thief, Markus ZusakRead about another title on the list.
Absolutely heartbreaking and lyrical in its prose, The Book Thief appears on YA lists thanks to its publisher (Random House Children’s Books) and the age of its protagonist (10 when the book starts), but it competes with any work of literature written for any age. Liesel is on the brink of adolescence. The book’s narrator, however—Death—is ageless. Geoffrey Rush stars in the upcoming film adaptation, though I can’t imagine any filmmaker doing justice to the power of the written words.
The Book Thief also appears among Nicole Hill's top seven books with Death as a character, Lenore Appelhans's top ten teen books featuring flashbacks, and Kathryn Erskine's top 10 first person narratives.