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.