Daily Archives: July 30, 2010

The Book Thief

I’m writing a short review of THE BOOK THIEF because I’ve had a lot on my mind this week.

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It’s smart, funny, well-thought out, and sad. Even if you don’t like sad books, this one should be read anyway. I loved it, and I think anyone who reads it will.

Don’t judge this book by the author. I waited years to read THE BOOK THIEF because I wasn’t a huge fan of I AM THE MESSENGER. But this book about Death is nothing like the mystery Markus Zusak unfolds in MESSENGER. The voice is dead on, the characters are loveable and you really get attached to them and what’s happening. Don’t be turned off by the some 500 pages, because it all works. I didn’t skim anything {something I do when I book starts to bother me}. I took this novel all in–every page.

I think that’s how everyone who plans on reading THE BOOK THIEF will read it.

By the way, this is Cheri Earl’s favorite young adult novel, I think.

That’s about all I have to say. I’m still working on setting up this Book Club, so all of you who are still interested, just stay with me. We’ll probably launch about the same time NEW THINGS START HERE on the blog.

Books you should check out:

Grief Girl: My True Story (Erin Vincent [2007])

The Tiger Rising (Kate DiCamillo [2002, National Book Award Finalist]. We Williams’ girls think this is the best novel DiCamillo has written.)

Christmas in Heaven (Carol Lynch Williams [2002])

My Brother Sam is Dead (This is an older book [1975] , about war–Newbery Honor by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier)

You have until NOON today to enter the writing contest.


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