What is it: “The Book Thief” is an adaptation of Markus Zusak’s novel about a young orphan girl in Germany during World War II. When Liesel learns how to read she discovers a way to escape the tragedies around her, but everything changes when her family decides to harbor a young Jew named Max.
Why I should watch it: This movie is different from many other Holocaust depictions. It’s poignant, original and includes many, really beautiful characters.
What's in it: “The Book Thief” is rated PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material. Because of the subject matter, there are some instances that may not be appropriate for younger children. On Ok.com, this movie has been rated appropriate for ages 12+.
Fun tidbit: Both the movie and book are narrated by Death. At first, this sounds morose, but this creative element of the movie really enhances the message of the story.
What reviewers say: “Excellent! This movie should be required viewing for all youth 12 years and older, and it's also good for adults. A great story about how good people pull together in hard times and how the human spirit can survive in extremely difficult times.” — LeslieSumner