Pallavi Singh Singh itibaren Zhelyakovo, Kaluzhskaya oblast', Rusya, 249085
I liked it more than the first book. Maybe it's all due to familiarity with the characters from the first book. It was an entertaining and engaging read. I wanted to get the 3rd book immediately
Death narrates this story--which I didn't like--about a young German girl (11-14) during WWII. Because her father's a communist, he's been killed and her mother taken away, too. Her younger brother dies as they travel to live with a foster family. The haunts her for a long time. She lives with a poor family--Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Rosa is rough with a very foul mouth but both love Leisle and take the best care of her they can. Leisel's best friend is Rudy. They're both part of Hitler Youth. She keeps it from his when her family begins hiding a Jew--the son of a Jew who save Hans's life in WWI. Max & Leisel become friends. He leaves the house when he thinks it's too dangerous for the family and ends up at Dachau but survives the war. The Hubermann's and all their neighbors are killed by bombs near the end of the war except Leisel who was in the basement reading. She moves to Australia. The characters and events stayed with me after I finished it.