This historical novel, about a poor neighborhood in Molching, Germany during World War II, is destined to become a classic. Narrated by death (who it turns out, is a pretty nice guy), the book follows the young life of Liesel Meminger as Hitler gains power and everyone else loses it – especially, of course, the Jews of Europe. Liesel and her family risk everything by hiding a young Jewish man in their basement; but this heart-stopping thread is only one in a tapestry of war, thievery, love, determination, and the power of words. I read this one twice in print last year and then listened to it on CD over spring break. It’s hard to get enough of The Book Thief.