The Book Thief story board

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  • BOOM!
  • Exposition
  • The exposition of the story does not supply any background information to the story but is rather more a summary of the story. It lists details that can be found later in the story. For instance, the detail that Liesel's brother dies on the train is revealed in the exposition of the story. Also, the fact that one of Liesels's friends died in a harsh way.  
  • BOOM!
  • Here we are! Himmel street!
  • Events that are part of the rising action of the story include the death of Liesel's brother on the train, as well as the arrival of Leisel to Himmel street. This includes the six books stolen by Leisel and the encounter with the Mayor's wife and her private library. The parts of the story that are based in the school the Leisel attends is also part of the rising action and her self-education as a whole.
  • Rising action
  • I don't want to be here. Not without my brother.
  • The climax of this story is actually a collection of several events. First off, this point of the story is when the bombings in German towns start. Leisel and her family are forced into a bunker underground. This is also when Leisel's father attempts to help a Jewish man who was recently found to be a Jew, and so her father waits for his punishment.
  • Climax
  • BOOM!
  • I'm scared!
  • Shh!
  • Falling action
  • In this case, the falling action Includes the events after Liesel's father leaves for the army. While aboard a carrier truck, a tire blows out and he breaks one of his legs. The leadership puts him on light duty, and then promptly returns him back to Himmel street. During the next few weeks, Leisel writes in the basement. However, 
  • Leisel, my child!
  • Papa, you're home! 
  • Resolution
  • The resolution of The Book Theif is when the Mayor's wife cares for Leisel after the bombing of Himmel street, as well as one of her neighbors that was sent off to war. Also, a big part of the resolution is when Leisel is reunited with Max, who was the Jewish man Leisel's family hid in their basement.
  • Max!
  • Hi, Leisel!
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