recommended ages 8 and up. Countdown - It's and it seems everyone is living in fear. Eleven-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, is a historical fiction novel set in Nazi Germany. Told from the perspective of a personified version of Death, The Book Thief is a outstanding and unique story that shows what it's like to be alone and afraid.