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Markus Zusak - Author

About the Author

Australian author Markus Zusak grew up hearing stories about Nazi Germany, about the bombing of Munich and about Jews being marched through his mother’s small, German town. He always knew it was a story he wanted to tell.

'We have these images of the straight-marching lines of boys and the 'Heil Hitlers' and this idea that everyone in Germany was in it together. But there still were rebellious children and people who didn’t follow the rules and people who hid Jews and other people in their houses.'

Markus Zusak is the award-winning recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

Featured books by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2016

A 2012 World Book Night selection.   Voted 3rd in the Books of the Decade by Lovereading readers.   Shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.   This is the story of a street of ordinary German people living in the horrors of the Nazi regime.  Interestingly it is narrated by Death but the central character is an 11-year old girl who steals a gravedigger’s handbook and gets hooked on reading.  It’s grim yet uplifting, immensely sad yet light in style and touch.  A very interesting view of World War II and an unforgettable book, it’s aimed at both children and adults and should be read by both.   Larry Finlay, Managing Director of the Publisher of The Book Thief said:  “It is a great, great book, one that calls out to your head and your heart whatever your age.  Its success is due almost entirely to word-of-mouth for unlike many bestsellers it has not been made into a film (yet), nor was it picked by a Book Club such as Richard and Judy.”   A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘The Book Thief is one of those word-of-mouth bestsellers that has made its way into reader’s hearts entirely on its own merits. When this book came to me by way of the Children’s Division, my heart took that legendary leap. I met for the first time the delightful Liesel, Rudy and of course Death, the narrator, all of whom have joined the galaxy of best-loved characters in world literature. Rare is the reader who doesn’t close this book with a tear in their eye.' Jane Lawson, Editorial Director at Transworld    

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Other books by Markus Zusak

Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay

Author: Markus Zusak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2019

THE EPIC BESTSELLING NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK THIEF `If The Book Thief was a novel that allowed Death to steal the show... [its] brilliantly illuminated follow-up is affirmatively full of life' Guardian A lost typewriter -- A dead dog -- The bones of the snake that killed it Matthew Dunbar, eldest of five brothers, is on a journey to find them all. Only then can he tell the astonishing story of his family, rocked by tragedy and a long-buried secret. He will learn of a mother who crosses continents for a new home; of a father searching for love in the keys of an old piano; and, finally, of a brother named Clay, who will make the most challenging journey of them all, and change their lives for ever. An epic and spellbinding quest for redemption and greatness, Bridge of Clay will take you to many places, and will ask two eternal questions: where are you going, and who will you be when you get there ...? 'This is a tale of love, art and redemption; rowdy and joyous.' Times 'Bridge of Clay is one of those monumental books that can draw you across space and time' Washington Post 'This book blew me away' JODI PICOULT 'Devastating, demanding, deeply moving' Wall Street Journal 'Moving and epic' Stylist

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2019

It is 1939. In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier - and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library . . . wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times, and when Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, nothing will ever be the same again. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. Now a major film from Twentieth-Century Fox starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

Bridge of Clay From bestselling author of The Book Thief

Bridge of Clay From bestselling author of The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2018

THE EPIC NEW NOVEL FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BOOK THIEF 'If The Book Thief was a novel that allowed Death to steal the show... [its] brilliantly illuminated follow-up is affirmatively full of life.' Guardian 'This is a tale of love, art and redemption; rowdy and joyous.' Times Here is a story told inside out and back to front Five Dunbar brothers are living - fighting, loving, grieving - in the perfect chaos of a house without grown-ups. Today, the father who left them has just walked right back in. He has a surprising request: Who will build a bridge with him? It is Clay, a boy tormented by a long-buried secret, who accepts. But why is Clay so broken? And why must he fulfil this extraordinary challenge? Bridge of Clay is about a boy caught in a current, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be. Ahead of him lies the bridge, the vision that will save both his family and himself. It will be a miracle and nothing less. At once an existential riddle and a search for redemption, this tale of five brothers coming of age in a house with no rules brims with energy, joy and pathos. Written in Markus Zusak's distinctive style, it is a tour de force from a master storyteller of the heart. **************** 'Bridge of Clay is one of those monumental books that can draw you across space and time' Washington Post 'This book blew me away' JODI PICOULT

Bridge of Clay From bestselling author of The Book Thief

Bridge of Clay From bestselling author of The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/10/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. Loved THE BOOK THIEF? take a look at this! Ten years in the making the epic new novel from the acclaimed, prize-winning, bestselling author of THE BOOK THIEF Here is a story told inside out and back to front: The five Dunbar brothers are living - fighting, dreaming, loving - in the perfect squalor of a house without grownups. Today, the father who walked out on them long ago is about to walk right back in. But why has he returned, and who have the boys become in the meantime? At the helm is Matthew, cynical, poetic; Rory, forever truanting; Henry, the money-spinner; and Tommy, the pet collector who has populated the house with dysfunctional pets, including Achilles the mule and Rosy the border collie. And then there's Clay, the quiet one, his whole young life haunted by an unspeakable act. From a grandfather, whose passion for the ancient Greeks still colours their lives, to a mother and father fell in love over a mislaid piano, to a present day, where five sons dwell in a house with no rules, BRIDGE OF CLAY is an epic portrait of how a ramshackle family, held together by stories and by love, come to unbury one boy's tragic secret. Markus Zusak's epic new novel BRIDGE OF CLAY is due out this October 2018

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

SPECIAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION with exclusive extra behind-the-scenes material from the author It is 1939. In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier - and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library . . . wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times, and when Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, nothing will ever be the same again. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. Now a major film from Twentieth-Century Fox starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

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Author: Markus Zusak Format: eBook Release Date: 15/02/2016

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I Am the Messenger

I Am the Messenger

Author: Markus Zusak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

From the author of The Book Thief comes this darkly funny and ultimately uplifting thriller which proves that anyone can be extraordinary. Ed Kennedy is just your less-than-average Joe who is hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. But after he single-handedly manages to catch a bank robber, he receives a playing card in the mail: the Ace of Diamonds. This is the first message. Four more will follow. But before this particular card game can end, Ed will be changed forever . . . Will Audrey love the man he has become?

Markus Zusak: The Book Thief & I Am the Messenger

Markus Zusak: The Book Thief & I Am the Messenger

Author: Markus Zusak Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2014

DON'T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK'S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF AND AN UNFORGETTABLE AND SWEEPING FAMILY SAGA.   Two award-winning modern classics from #1 New York Times bestselling author Markus Zusak!   The Book Thief affirms the ability of books to feed the soul even in the bleakest of times in a story the New York Times described as ';brilliant. . . . the kind of book that can be life-changing.' It is 1939. Nazi Germany. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.  I Am the Messenger is a Printz Honor-winning novel and recipient of five starred reviews that tells the story of Ed Kennedy, an underage cabdriver without much of a future. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when the first ace arrives in the mail. That's when Ed becomes the messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?   Discover the enormous talent that is Marcus Zusak in this extraordinary collection that showcases the intensity and heart inherent in his storytelling.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/12/2013

The Underdog

The Underdog

Author: Markus Zusak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

My name's Cameron Wolfe. I have a little bit of sense. I don't have much sense. My older brother Ruben gets me into plenty of trouble. I get Rube into as much trouble as he gets me into. I have a family, yes, that doesn't really function without tomato sauce. That's me. Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are brothers. They spend most of their time throwing one-handed boxing matches (they only have the one pair of gloves) and plotting to rob the local dentists. But what Cameron really wants is to meet a girl - a real girl, not like the ones in the lingerie magazines. But who could ever love an underdog like Cameron Wolfe?

Getting the Girl

Getting the Girl

Author: Markus Zusak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Rube never loved any of them. He never cared about any of them. He just wanted each one because she was next, and why not take the next thing if it was better than the last? Needless to say, Rube and I aren't too much alike when it comes to women. Cameron and Ruben have always been loyal brothers, but that loyalty is about to be tested to the limit when Cam falls for Octavia - Rube's latest girlfriend. Will he get the girl? Will his love for her tear their brotherly bond apart? And would Octavia ever go for a guy like him anyway?

Getting the Girl

Getting the Girl

Author: Markus Zusak Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Cameron Wolfe is the quiet one in his family, not a soccer star like his brother Steve or a charming fighter with a new girl every week like his brother Rube. Cam would give anything to be near one of those girls, to love her and treat her right. He especially likes Rube's latest, Octavia, with her brilliant ideas and bright green eyes. But what woman like that would want a loser like him? Maybe Octavia would, Cam discovers. Maybe he'd even have something to say. And those maybes change everything: winning, loving, losing, the Wolfe brothers, and Cameron himself.Fans of The Book Thief won't want to miss reading the novels that launched Markus Zusak's stellar career.

Fighting Ruben Wolfe

Fighting Ruben Wolfe

Author: Markus Zusak Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

One day we will fight again, but for now we are wolves in a cage, waiting to be let out...The Wolfe family has fallen on hard times. Mr. Wolfe has had an accident at work and has been unemployed for months. Mum cleans longer and harder, and works a night shift at the hospital. Sarah gets drunk now and then. Older brother Steve wants to leave home, to forget about his lunatic family. When Cameron and Ruben find they can earn fifty dollars a win with an organized boxing racket, they take the chance. Ruben has talent for boxing and Cameron has heart at least. They need the money, but its really about self-respect. Boxing will change forever the way they see themselves.Author Markus Zusak pens a surprisingly complex and touching story that will linger long with readers. The language is hard-hitting, witty, and authentic - as are the emotions and action. Fighting Ruben Wolfe is not about boxing. It's about respect, stubborn pride, and real brotherly love.

Underdog

Underdog

Author: Markus Zusak Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Boys are like dogs - ready to bite, bark and beg to be given a chance to show their value."e;I vowed that if I ever got a girl I would treat her right and never be bad or dirty to her or hurt her, ever."e;Cameron Wolfe is a dirty boy. He knows it. His brother Rube knows it, because he's one too. they could change - but what would it take?