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  • The Book Thief
  • Physical   Appearance
  • "German" Blonde Hair 
  • Dark Brown Eyes 
  • Strongest Personality Trait 
  • Yes Mama...
  • Liesel, don't swing that around!
  • "The book thief and her brother were traveling down toward Munich, where they would soon be given over to foster parents" (Zusak 19).  One of the first characters that were mentioned in The Book Thief is Liesel Meminger, one of the main characters in the book.
  • Character Trait at the Beginning of the Story
  • These are your new foster parents. 
  • Liesel Meminger is skinny, pale, blonde, and has dark brown eyes. The author uses key words like "hair & eyes" to help find these descriptions. The author reveals "Both were skinny and pale" (Zusak 24) and "Her hair was a close enough brand of German blonde... dark brown..."(Zusak 31). Liesel is only a small young girl who has prominent features like having strong blonde hair and dark brown eyes.  
  • Character Trait in the Middle of the Story 
  • The Mayor's House
  • From the time that Liesel moved in and started living with her foster parents, she has always been obedient. Whenever she is asked to do something, she always does it and usually never complains. The author proves this because in the author states "Now listen, Liesel - from now on you call me mama" (Zusak 35). Liesel is always obedient and she follows the rules without saying no. 
  • Character Trait at the End of the Story
  • Liesel!
  • Get her out of the car!
  • At the beginning of this story, Liesel appears to be shy or nervous. The author would say that she had anxiety and was just nervous for her first few days. The author includes "Liesel would not get out of the car" (Zusak 28). She was always scared of being with her new foster parents. When she pulled up at her new home, she was hesitant and scared to do anything. Not to mention, her brother died and her real mom is gone, so she had no one that can comfort her. 
  • Getting to the middle of the book, she is risky because she steals books, which is why her name is "The Book Thief". The author even proves this "When it came to stealing..." (Zusak 272). Liesel stole more than one book. She was usually quick about it, which makes her very risky. This was also a peak out of the book where she wanted to take books and read them. 
  • Stolen book
  • Rudy (Liesel's Friend) 
  • In the end, Liesel became very caring. When Hans (her foster father) came back from his punishment, Liesel was very happy and cared a lot. The author reveals " 'Papa, Papa.' She must have said it a hundred times as she hugged him in the kitchen and wouldn't let go" (Zusak 493). Liesel was obviously devastated when Hans and Max left. When Hans came back, she was more than ecstatic. She clearly cared for him as he did so much for her. 
  • Papa!
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