Black Swan, UK, Trade Paperback with 558 pages and some b/w illustrations. A no. 1 International Bestseller. 1939 Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine year old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel St. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. This novel is narrated by Death. It's a story about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and a quite a lot of thievery. Death will visit the book thief three times!