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The Book Thief

The Book Thief


by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief Chapter 21 Summary

The Way Home

  • Mein Kampf is the book written by Hitler.
  • This will be book number three on Liesel's list of very important books.
  • She won't steal it; it will come to her.
  • Mein Kampf's journey to Liesel will begin this very night, as Liesel and Hans walk home.
  • Soon, Liesel can't stand the heat of the book hidden under her clothes, and she takes it out and shows it to Hans.
  • Hans takes the wet, smoking book from her. It's called The Shoulder Shrug.
  • He wonders what harm this book could possibly do.
  • As he gives it back to Liesel, he has an important idea.
  • (Which we will learn about soon.)
  • Liesel can tell he has something on his mind, and asks him.
  • She wants to know if he'll tell Rosa about the book.
  • He comforts her, and says he won't tell.
  • He and Liesel will read the book in the basement.
  • But—Hans wants Liesel to promise him that she will keep a secret for him, if he asks her too.
  • He tells Liesel not to steal anymore books.
  • She just smiles.
  • Liesel isn't aware that Hans will trade cigarettes and a little money for a book—Hitler's book, Mein Kampf.
  • Hans is thrilled with his idea, and he'll be able to enjoy it for seven more months.

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