In The Book Thief, the main character Liesel Meminger is first properly introduced as Liesel and not the Book Thief when she is about to be adopted by the Hubermann's. At this point, the reader is informed of the Book Thief true name as she hangs on to the bars of the Hubermann's, refusing to go inside. "Eventually, Liesel Meminger walked gingerly inside"(Zusak 28).
Liesel a teenage girl who has pale skin, blond hair and brown eyes.
Liesel's strongest trait is determination. Her determination to hone her reading skills caused her to become a very avid reader. She was determined to finish and fully comprehend all of the books she got and even used a dictionary to look up words that she didn't know. "Whatever the reason, her hunger to read that book was as intense as any ten-year-old human could experience"(Zusak 66). She was determined to read books and to understand what was happening in the book too.
In the beginning of the book, Liesel is curious. She is curious to find out more about what books are. The reader can tell that she is curious because she picked up a book that was dropped on the ground even though she new nothing about it, even the title. "The book has silver writing on it"(Zusak 24). Liesel knew nothing about books, yet she picked one up and kept it. Her curiosity about books made her steal her first book.
Liesel is worried about Max being sick and wishes she could spend more time with him instead of going to school. She is worried because Max has been sleeping for a long time, and hasn't woken up to either thirst or hunger. "You might say that by the third day it became a obsession, to check on him, to see if he was still breathing"(Zusak 205). Liesel is worried about Max because he is sick and wants to check on him to make sure he is alive.
Liesel is grateful that she hasn't lost everyone she knew like Max, Alex, and Ilsa Hermann. She knows how harsh it can be to have people that you love taken away instantaneously and is grateful that she still has some people left. "They're not moving"(Zusak 536). She knows what it is like to have loved people taken away from you and is grateful that everyone she knows isn't gone like for other families.