While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
My name is Liesel Meminger. I don't have a family or even a place to call home. I never understood the meaning of the word hope. But I'm about to meet the people who would change all that. Come. Meet your new parents. Your majesty. From now on, you call me mama. Yeah? That lazy kid over there, you call him papa. Your first book. Are you sure this is yours. It wasn't always mine. Can't even read yet? Go on! Read one word! I'm not such a good reader myself you know. We will have to help each other out. I have something very important to tell you this. Who is he, papa? His name is Max. He needs help. I need you to promise me. That you will not tell anyone. Is that your book? It wasn't always mine. Mama! They're coming. They're checking basements. If anyone saw him, they would take you away from me. And they cannot tell you what they will do damn. Words will inspire her. If your eyes could speak, what would they say? Courage will guide her. You're hiding someone. Aren't you? Can we trust her?
She's a child. She's our daughter. Hope will define her. I can't do someone else. You've kept me alive. Don't ever forget that. You're stealing books. Why? The knife robs you, sometimes have to rob it back. Words are life Liesel. All those pages. They're for you to fill.
1. Who is Liesel Meminger?
2. What will guide and define her?
3. What does she steal?