Hans: Your first book! Are you sure this is yours?
Liesel: It wasn’t always mine.
The extraordinary bestselling novel THE BOOK THIEF will be in movie theaters on November 15, just two months away! It is Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. The film will be adapted by Downton Abbey’s Director Brian Percival. We’re really looking forward to seeing this powerful story on the big screen.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger(played by newcomer French-Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse) is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist … books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father (classic stage-master Geoffrey Rush), she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man (Ben Schnetzer)hidden in her basement.
We predict the adaption of such an intense and moving book will create a powerful movie with enduring strength.[youtube 92EBSmxinus]
Read an Excerpt of The Book Thief.
Click Here for The Book Thief Reader’s Guide.
Read an USA Today article about the Casting of Sophie Nelisse as Liesel.
Awards and praise for The Book Thief
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Winner of the Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children’s Literature
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award
“Brilliant and hugely ambitious.” —New York Times Book Review
“Deseves a place on the shelf with the Diary of Anne Frank . . . Poised to become a classic.” —USA Today
“Absorbing and searing.” —Washington Post
“Zusak’s novel is a major achievement.” —People
“Zusak doesn’t sugercoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five: with grim, darkly consoling humor.” —Time