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The Book Thief

Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse) becomes a book thief while living in Germany during WWII. The young girl finds a welcome release in the written word, and shares her escape with those closest to her, including a Jewish refugee (Max Vandenburg) hiding in her home. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 131
Theater Release: 15 Nov 2013
Video Release: 11 Mar 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

In this story many of the characters have to make difficult without knowing what the outcome will be. What effect does Hans refusal to join The Party later have on him? Why do people choose not to express their real feelings or thoughts? Why does Rudy’s father tell him to stop idolizing Owens? What ideas and groups did Hitler want to cleanse from Germany?

Why does Hans tell Liesel that a person is only as good as their word?

What sacrifices do Rosa and Hans make for others? Despite her abrasive exterior, how does Rosa show affection? How does Hans exhibit his own humanity? How does Liesel emulate her father’s concern for others? What does she do in the bomb shelter to help calm others?

This movie is based on The Book Thief, a novel by Markus Zusak.

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