The Book Thief


  • Write an entry on your blog. Call it my reading of…..(name of book)
  • Make a table and in the left hand column write 4 different paragraphs from the book from each of the following topics: Theme, setting, plot and character development.
  • In the right hand column write why you chose that particular paragraph and its significance in the book.
  • End the blog post by writing a small summary of your impression of the book!(I am writing it at the start, since making columns with HTML is a hazzle.)Make it out as a review and post it on Amazon! Would you recommend this book to others? Link to the review on your blog.
Theme ‘I could introduce myself properly, but it’s not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A colour will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away.’ In my opinion, ’The Book Thief’ is about three things. Firstly, the power and importance of words, death, and the challenges in life. The paragraph quoted is from the book opening, and as you may or may not understand, Death is the narrator, and plays therefor a great part in the book.
Setting ‘One light globe dangled from the ceiling and the room was dank and cold. Jagged walls jutted out and poked people in the back as they stood and spoke. The muffled sound of sirens leaked from somewhere. They could hear a distorted version of them that somehow found a way inside. Although creating considerable apprehension about the quality of the shelter, at least they could hear the three sirens that would signal the end of the raid, and safety. This paragraph describes the setting during most of the time in the book and the world war II, and if there’s one word to describe the setting, it’d be anxiety.
Plot A few minutes later, Liesel’s mother started leaving with the priest. She was thanking him for his performance of the ceremony.

                The girl however, stayed.

                Her knees entered the ground. Her moment had arrived.

                Still in disbelief, she started to dig. He couldn’t be dead. He couldn’t be dead. He couldn’t-

                Within seconds, snow was carved into her skin.

                Frozen blood was cracked across her hands.

Somewhere in all the snow, she could see her broken heart, in two pieces. Each half was glowing, and beating all that white. She only realized her mother had come back for her when she felt the boniness on her shoulder. She was being dragged away. A warm scream filled her throat.


When the dragging was done, the mother

And the girl stood and breathed.

There was something black

And rectangular lodged in the snow.

Only the girl saw it.

She bent down and picked it up

and held it firmly with her finger.

The book had silver writing on it.


This paragraph is of a certain importance, because it symbolizes the end of Liesel’s life with her real family, and the beginning of her new life with the Hubermann’s at Himmel Street. Liesel also steals her first book in this specific paragraph, which also marks her beginning as the book thief.
Character Development Firmly, he held her fingers.

‘Remember the Führer’s birthday – when we walked home from the fire that night? Remember what you promised me?

The girl occurred. To the wall she said, ‘That I would keep a secret.‘

‘That’s right.’ Between the hand-holding shadows, the painted words were scattered about, perched on their shoulders, resting on their heads and hanging from their arms. ‘Liesel, if you tell anyone about the man up there, we will be in big trouble.’ He walked the fine line of scaring her into oblivion and soothing her enough to keep her calm. He fed her the sentences and watched with his metallic eyes. Despereation and placidity. ‘At the very least, Mama and I will be taken away.’ Hans was clearly worried that he was on the verge of frightening her too much, but he calculated the risk, preferring to err on the side of too much fear rather than not enough. The girl’s compliance had to be an absolute, immutable fact.

In this paragraph, something dramatic has happened, and to be more specific – a Jew has been hidden at the Hubermanns. As a cause of hiding a Jew during WW II in Germany was some of the most dangerous things you could do, which lead the Hubermanns to change their way of living, and to name a few examples of the Hubermanns charcter development:

-Rosa became more calm and friendly to Liesel.

-Hans became more anxious.

-Liesel started to hate Hitler.


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Hey guys! My name i Haakon Masst, i'm 16 years old and live in Norway! This blog is an english school project that will last trough this school year. Follow me!
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One Response to The Book Thief

  1. I started to read the book and recognize some of the paragraphs you have chosen. Seems like the book is rich in language and certainly worth reading. Hope you liked it.

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