This is a simple story really, about a little girl, her brother, death, a stolen book and a new home. It takes place in Germany in the 1940's and tells the story of the girl's foster parents, the joy of reading, a Jew, everyday people, bread, words, an accordion, Hitler, theft and a snowman.
It is narrated by a common presence in that place at that time; Death himself. A thief is on the loose and life itself hangs in the balance.
A chilling look at life in a small town in Germany during the Holocaust. Brilliantly narrated.