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The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief Chapter 66 Summary
The Bread Eaters 1942 is almost over. During its last month, all Liesel can think about is Hans, Alex, and Max. Perhaps surprisingly, it takes Liesel's mind off things when she goes to read to Frau Holtzapfel. They finished The Whistler and are on to The Dream Carrier. There are two more parades of Jews. Liesel goes to the first one, hoping to see Max, but also knowing that not seeing Max means Max might be free. The second parade happens in the middle of December. Rudy shows up with a bag of pieces of bread. He and Liesel ride their bikes up ahead of Molching, on the road to Dachau. They scatter the bread on the road. Liesel can hear Rudy's stomach making hungry noises. They hide in the bushes and wait. The procession is in view. A Jew sees a piece of bread and stops to eat it. They try to get a better view, but Rudy warns Liesel to be very quiet and still. Liesel looks closely at each person and doesn't see Max. More Jews stop to pick up the pieces of bread on the road. Soon, some of the soldiers notice it, too. They see Liesel and Rudy in the bushes and start coming after them. They run, each a different way. A soldier gets close enough to Liesel to kick her in the back and tell her to stay away. After almost an hour, she comes back to where they began. Rudy's waiting by their bikes. He says, "I told you not to get too close." She says, turning around, "Do I have a footprint?" (66.47).
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