Book Discussion..."The Book Thief"

March 8, 2010

The Winner of the 2010 Read Together Palm Beach County Campaign is...

"THE BOOK THIEF" by Markus Zusak

This is the story of a German foster girl in the 1940s, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. She learns to read and shares her stolen books with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

About This Program

A countywide reading campaign, Read Together Palm Beach County: One Book, One Community, first was held in March-April, 2002. The book was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. A second campaign was held March - April 2004, with county residents reading Their Eyes were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. During the 2006 read together campaign county residents read To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. . In 2008, The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards was the chosen book. It was discussed at work, in book discussion groups, in neighborhoods, clubs, libraries, religious organizations and many other venues. During each, approximately 20,000 to 30,000 people participated, by reading the book, joining book discussion groups and attending special Read Together events.

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