The Book Thief
The Book Thief (2005) by Markus Zusak, is about Liesel, a nine-year-old girl who grows up in Nazi Germany with her foster family. One day Max, a runaway Jew, shows up at their door asking for help. The family takes him in and hides him in the basement, at great risk. Liesel spends her days learning to read, and when she finishes with the few books the family possesses, she begins to steal books from others.
The novel is narrated by Death, which is interesting in itself, and describes the life of an average German family living in Germany during World War II, which is a new approach to the war and provides a more balanced impression of the German people at this time.
This is a lovely, beautiful, heartbreaking, funny and interesting novel, one which everyone should read.