The Book Thief

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12. Explain the importance of the author integrating moments of reality (historically accurate information) into his otherwise fictional story. Note a moment when this occurs in this chapter.

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Zusak researched his book well. He wanted his fiction to reflect the actual history of the time. This gives his story a sense of realism that honors the people of the time and validates his characters in the reader’s eyes.