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The narrator of The Book Thief is – fittingly – Death. He tells us the story of a young girl coming of age in Nazi Germany, a girl who steals books before she knows how to read. It’s the story of how, through the devotion and bravery of her foster parents and her life-changing friendship with the Jewish refugee hiding in the basement, she finds meaning and hope in the power of words. Unfortunately, despite an impeccable cast, the story fails to plumb the emotional depths of Marcus Zusak’s original story and instead treats its audience as unprepared and too easily upset by the reality of history.

If you go to your local bookstore hoping to find a copy of the novel the film is based on, you will likely need to start in the Young Adult section. Because of that, the filmmakers aimed their movie directly at a younger audience, »

- Barbara Andress

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