Liesel was in a train with her brother, and her mother going to her new foster home. She fell asleep and started to dream about Hitler giving another one of his powerful speeches. When she she wakes up from her dream she finds that her brother Werner, is dead.
Getting used to the new community
When the train stopped for track repairs they get off the train with Werner in his mothers arms and Liesel by her side with two guards. They later went to the nearest town. Werner was buried two days later by two grave diggers and a priest. When the grave diggers were burying Werner one of then dropped a book. The book was called "The Grave Diggers Handbook". this was the first book she stole.
Liesel and her mother continue their journey to Munich. Frau Heinrich, a foster care woman, takes Liesel to a town called Molching to live on Himmel Street with Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Liesel does not want to get out of the car. Eventually, Hans is able to take her out of the car and into the house.
Liesel has nightmares about her brother, and Hans sits in her room to comfort her. She trusts him because he doesn't leave her, and in the mornings he plays his accordion for her at the breakfast table. Liesel goes with Rosa to pick up and deliver the washing and ironing. Rosa doesn't like her customers. Rosa has trouble expressing love, so she does do by calling those she loves names like Saukerl and Saumensch. Rosa calls Liesel "Saumensch" and Hans the male equivalent "Saukerl".
liesel starts to go to school and soon finds it hard because she could not read or write. The other children started to tease her at school because she was in a class with younger children. Later she starts to get into fight in the school playground with kids who were teasing her. She also joined the BDM, which stand for Bund Deutscher Mädchen. The girls part of the BDM meet from 3 to 5 on Wednesdays and Saturdays and learn skills like bandage rolling, sewing, and marching, and perform their heil Hitlers.
Rudy and Liesel start to become close freinds. they walk to school together and Rudy shows her around. Liesel begins to see more of how the Molching community was being affected by the Nazi Party. She noticed that most of the homes that were destroyed were Jewish. She also noticed that many shopkeepers, like Frau Diller, made her customers heil Hitler when they enter. Soon her father finds the book she had stolen and decides to teach her to read and write. He also teaches her to roll cigarettes.