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It's been a long process to find the young girl to star in 20th Century Fox's The Book Thief, the Michael Petroni-scripted adaptation of the best-selling Marcus Zusak novel.

Open casting calls went out across the USA and Europe to find the special young girl needed to play Liesl Meminger, the strong-willed "book thief" of the title.

12 year old French-Canadian youngster Sophie Nélisse, who starred in last year’s Oscar-nominated foreign film Monsieur Lazhar, has landed the role. Liesel experiences life in Nazi Germany with her eyes wide open and seeks solace in the written word. Having lost her brother and mother, Liesel is sent to Himmel Street to live with foster parents where her curiosity and interest in books makes her steal them and her spirit and determination mean she is not afraid to do so. A great deal has been taken away from her. She steals books to settle the score. »

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