At the start of the book, Liesel is riding a train with her brother and mother who is being chased by the Nazis for being a communist. Liesel and her brother are going to Molching, Germany to be adopted so that they are safe from the Nazis.
Step 4 - Meeting with the Mentor/Helper
On the train ride to Molching, Liesel's brother dies and they bury him by the tracks. Leisel sees a book that was dropped by one of the gravediggers and steals it. "The book thief had struck for the first time - the beginning of an illustrious career." pg 29
Step 5 - Crossing the Threshold
Liesel is adopted by a couple; Hans and Rosa Hubermann who live on 33 Himmel St. Liesel is very sad about losing her brother. "Every night, Liesel would nightmare." pg 36. She also looks at the book she stole even though she can't read.
Step 6 - Tests and Enemies
"Hans Hubermann? Do you still play the accordion?" pg. 173
Liesel and her step father Hans Hubermann become very close and Hans decides to help Liesel learn how to read and write by reading with her and painting words on the walls of the basement. This makes Liesel very happy.
"You wouldn't think it, she wrote, but it was not so much the school who helped me to read. It was Papa." pg. 64
Thanks so much Papa!
"It was hot, but also wet, burned only at the edges, but otherwise unhurt." pg. 120
In Molching, Liesel and everyone else have to attend a book burning ceremony in celebration of the Führer's birthday, April 20th. when everyone leaves, she goes over to the pile of books and steals one that never got fully burnt and hides it in her jacket.
On night, Max Vandenburg, a man who's father Hans Huberman is indebted to, arrives at their door in the early hours of the morning. He is a Jew and is being chased by the Nazis. The Hubermanns take him in. Liesel is tested to keep this a secret.