The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Rudy Steiner Timeline and Summary
- Rudy meets Liesel and immediately befriends her.
- He also immediately proclaims his romantic love for her.
- They become friends and join an apple stealing gang together.
- When a bully tosses Liesel's book in the Amper River, Rudy saves it for her and asks her for a kiss for the last time.
- Rudy begins having problems with the sadistic leader of his Hitler Youth troupe.
- After said leader breaks his ribs, he is able to move to another troupe.
- He wins races in the Hitler Youth carnival and draws the attention of the authorities.
- The authorities show up at his house and want him for an elite Nazi school.
- Rudy learns that his father is going to war, so that Rudy doesn't have to go to the school.
- Rudy and Liesel put bread on the road for the Jewish prisoners headed to Dachau.
- Rudy stops Liesel from chasing after Max as he's being marched to Dachau with another group of prisoners.
- The next day, Liesel finally tells him about Max and shows him his own picture in Max's book.
- Rudy dies when Himmel Street is bombed.