Book Thief Characters

Updated: 3/24/2021
Book Thief Characters
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Lesson Plans by Liane Hicks

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is an award winning historical fiction novel written in 2005. The story centers on the life of Liesel Meminger, a young German orphan raised by foster parents during the rise of Hitler and the beginning of World War II. Liesel's foster parents hide a young Jewish man named Max to save him from the Nazis and Liesel and Max strike up an unlikely friendship. The author chooses Death to be the narrator, as he is able to convey the scope of suffering of the Holocaust as well as describe the emotional story of Liesel and Max's journey.


The Book Thief

Storyboard Description

Make a character map to keep track of the characters in the Book Thief, their motivations, challenges, traits, and more!

Storyboard Text

  • LIESEL MEMINGER
  • Physical/Character Traits: How does Liesel interact with the other characters? What challenges does Liesel face?
  • DEATH
  • Physical/Character traits: How does Death interact with the other characters? What challenges does Death face?
  • MAX VANDERBURG
  • Physical/Character Traits: How does Max interact with Liesel and the other characters? What challenges does Max face?
  • PAPA: HANS HUBERMANN
  • Physical/Character Traits: How does Papa interact with other characters? What challenges does Papa face?
  • MAMA: ROSA HUBERMANN
  • Physical/Character traits: How does Mama interact with other characters? What challenges does Mama face?
  • RUDY STEINER
  • Physical/Character Traits: How does Rudy interact with Liesel and the other characters? What challenges does Rudy face?
  • FRAU ILSA HERMANN
  • Physical/Character Traits: How does Frau Hermann interact with Liesel the other characters? What challenges does Frau Hermann face?
  • Physical/Character Traits: How does Frau Holtzapfel interact with Liesel the other characters? What challenges does Frau Holtzapfel face?
  • FRAU HOLTZAPFEL
  • WERNER MEMINGER
  • Physical/Character Traits: Werner passes away at the beginning of the book. In what ways does he remain a strong presence in Liesel's life? How does Werner continue to influence Liesel?