The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Death is busy during the Holocaust. Liesel Meminger, within the span of a few days, watches her brother die in her arms and is given away by her mother to a couple she has never met. As a foster child, she learns to steal for things they need. But when she encounters books, her stealing takes on a new meaning as she bolsters the spirits of her neighbors with her stolen books during bombing raids. The superb metaphorical descriptions of life in Germany give the reader a crystal vision of scenes and emotions. Told from the unexpected point of view of Death, this intensely rich story is definitely worth reading.