The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I’m going to make this REALLY quick, because there are proably literally HUNDREDS of reviews of “The Book Thief” around and you’ve probably already seen quite a few of them. If you want to see a few more, I did a search in the Book Blogger Search Engine (Google-based). There are some great reviews there on the front page, so go crazy.
“The Book Thief” follows the story of a young girl, Liesel, in Germany during World War II. This might seem sort of cliche, but the story is narrated by Death, which I’m guessing you’ve never seen before. Death is a bit of an odd narrator, he frequently skips ahead in the story, telling the reader what is going to happen then going back ahd showing how it did happen.
This was a very enjoyable, readable young adult book. I don’t know that I enjoyed it quite as much as everyone else – beware the hype monster, he can set expectations far too high – but I did like it quite a bit. If you want more information than that, check out some of the other book blogger reviews or, better yet, pick up “The Book Thief.”