The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak, is widely acclaimed for its descriptive writing and educational content. In its lyrical, grimly humorous way, The Book Thief exceeds expectations and teaches adolescent readers about the trials of World War II.
Liesel Meminger lives in Nazi Germany with her two foster parents, Rosa and Hans Hubermann. The Book Thief covers a period of her life fraught with danger, discovery, and--above all--love.
Although this book has educational value, it infrequently uses words like "s***" and "d***". Know your child and if they would be comfortable with this. It can also be quite intense at times, especially near the end.
All in all, this is an excellent quality book, with some language and violence concerns. It should be fine for those 12 (maybe even 11) and above, but above all... know your child. Make sure you discuss these issues before and after reading, and connect what's written to the real events and places. The Book Thief can be a life-changing story to those who are mature enough for it.