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Overall B+

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.

Violence B-
Sexual Content A
Profanity B
Substance Use B

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material.

Talk to your kids about…

The Book Thief

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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