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Markus Zusak (born 23 June 1975) is an Australian author, best known for The Book Thief and The Messenger (US title, I Am the Messenger), two critically-aclaimed young adult novels which have been international best-sellers. He has won numerous awards for his contribution to young-adult literature.
The Book Thief is a novel by Australian author Markus Zusak. First published in 2005, the book won several awards and was listed on The New York Times Best Seller list for over 230 weeks. The book takes place in Nazi Germany, revolving around the story of a young book-loving German girl named Liesel Meminger. Narrated by the character of Death, the story describes how one little girl's love of words can unite people in a time of crisis. The book was adapted into a major motion picture starring Sophie Nélisse(as Liesel Meminger), Geoffrey Rush(as Hans Huberman), Emily Watson(as Rosa Huberman), and Nico Liersch(as Rudy Steiner) in 2013.