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by Markus Zusak

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Narrated by Death, The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger, a nine-year-old German girl who given up by her mother to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann in the small town of Molching in 1939, shortly before World War II. On their way to Molching, Liesel's younger brother Werner dies, and she is traumatized, experiencing nightmares about him for months. Hans is a gentle man who brings her comfort and helps her learn to read, starting with a book Liesel took from the cemetery where her brother was buried. Liesel befriends a neighborhood boy, Rudy Steiner, who falls in love with her. At a book burning, Liesel realizes that her father was persecuted for being a Communist, and that her mother was likely killed by the Nazis for the same…

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Posted By tiffany n #381365 at Aug 17, 2014 10:37 PM

What are some characteristics of Liesel shown during Parts 7-10?

Textual evidence from only part 7-10. Page and line number is helpful. Commentary about how the textual evidence and the characterization connect. Thank you.

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Posted By tiffany n #381365 at Aug 17, 2014 10:39 PM

Who is Liesel most loyal to throughout the whole story?

I always think its Hans Hubermann but other people are saying that its Rudy or Max so I really want to who is she most loyal to.

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