In Zusak's The Book Thief, Death narrates a story that changed him forever. It appears a little orphan girl, Liesel, triggered his humanity as he sees her adapt to an outspoken adoptive mother and a kiss prone neighbor, but also to the political changes in Germany, 1939, that leads the family to hide a young Jewish refugee.
Although, many have seen the talented cast in the film bring the well-adapted script to life, the book remains deeply poetic, and worth every page and tear. Liesel's struggle to fit into her new life, especially to learn how to read and write despite the insults from the other kids, was inspiring. She doesn't learn to prove them wrong -- she develops a love for books -- staying up late every night with her Papa studying words. Every character had their moment, including Rudy, who gets told off for painting himself with mud to look like his favorite runner only to receive a disappointing lesson on racism.
I leave you with the official movie trailer