At the start of the book Liesel goes through some trauma where by her brother passes away. When he is being buried she finds a book which soon becomes her only memory of her family and her drive to want to learn.
When diesel first arrives at the Hubermann's she is faced with extreme fear and grief as she leaves behind her old life in hopes for a safer one.
After Hans discovers Liesel's book he teaches her how to read and they create a dictionary in the basement of their home.
Max is a Jewish man who arrives at the Humbermann's house seeking safety. He hides in the basement. He has with him Hitlers book for his desperate attempt to fit in and not get caught on the journey here
Hundreds of people all gather to watch the book burnings. Liesel dosen't understand and her desire to read leads her to steal some of the slightly burnt books.
At the end of the book death returns Liesel's book to her before carrying away her soul.