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The Book Thief

The Book Thief


by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief Chapter 40 Summary

The Losers

  • This summer (the summer of 1941) Liesel and Rudy return to the Amper River and the fruit-stealing gang. Since Arthur Berg has moved, there's a new leader.
  • His name is Viktor Chemmel, and he's a rich kid with everything.
  • He steals because he wants even more than everything.
  • The new leader is not a nice guy.
  • Plus, the apple crop is lousy, for whatever reason.
  • There isn't much collected, and Viktor only gives Rudy and Liesel one apple.
  • When Rudy mouths off to him, Viktor chokes him until his nose bleeds, then threatens him.
  • As he and Liesel are leaving, Rudy spits at him.
  • He threatens Rudy again, and in five months, his threats come true.

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