I honestly had to make myself start this book because I had heard so many good things about it. Now that I have finished it, I can say that I was not disappointed, but it was a rather depressing look at war and its effects on youth. I compare it to THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK and I must say that this work of fiction was excellent, if not true. One could actually imagine all of the events in the book happening and I felt sad for all of the deprivation caused by the war. I loved the character of Liesel, the book thief, who discovered the real meaning of words because of her horrible experiences with the war. The narrator is Death, and this is very well portrayed, also. The reader just keeps waiting for whomever the specter will visit next. This is not a book for young children, but it certainly is well worth remembering that all war has a big cost.
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