Liesel and Hans are walking out of the town square, but one of Hans's acquaintances stops him and asks him if he's been accepted into the Nazi party yet.
Meanwhile, Liesel is drawn to the big pile of burned books. It reminds her of "the road of yellow stars" (20.9) (the street of Jewish houses).
She watches as the men shovel the ash into carts.
She sees them remove "Half a red flag, two posters advertising a Jewish poet, three books, and a wooden sign with something written on it in Hebrew" (20.15). (Hebrew is the language of worship in Judaism.)
Liesel isn't sure why the books didn't burn – they are "survivors" (20.16).
The clean-up men go over to their truck, and Liesel sees her opportunity.
She grabs a book. It has a blue cover, and she can see the word "Shoulder." The book is still smoking.
Liesel stands very still and watches as the clean-up men come by. She hears footsteps, then sees the mayor in his Nazi suit. He doesn't see Liesel.
The book isn't quite so hot now, and Liesel puts it under her clothes, against her chest.
As she walks toward Hans and his acquaintance, the book starts to feel pretty warm.
Uh oh. She feels like someone has seen her.
She turns to look – it's a shadow with "fluffy hair" (20.43).
Liesel and Papa leave the square.
Papa notices something is wrong with Liesel.
For one thing, there's smoke coming out of her clothes.