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Zusak’s novel, The Book Thief, follows the portrayal of the childhood years of Liesel Meminger as observed by Death. We first encounter Liesel, as Death is aboard a train that her mother, little brother, and she are traveling on through Germany during the Holocaust era. Death is there to collect the soul of her brother, and decides rather uncharacteristically journey with Liesel and her mom as they bury him. It is from the events of the cemetery that Death sees Liesel steal her first book, The Gravedigger’s Handbook. It is at this moment, where we see how Liesel is described by Death simply as the “book thief.” As the story progresses, Death observes Liesel encounter times of sorrow, joy, fear, love, and facing a time where existing outside of the government’s idea of perfection was dangerous.