While roaming with “flat Raymie” earlier in the month, an email invited me to participate in a book discussion of The Book Thief at the Camp Verde Public Library. The teen readers were studying the novel—now a highly-rated movie—which is another World War II story as seen through the eyes of Liesel, a young adult German girl. Milla, the American girl in my recently released novel, BIG WAR, Little Wars, observed the war from this side of the ocean.
To prepare for the discussion, I read the 550-page novel in two days. Both stories involve the same war, driven by characters with similar aspirations and anxieties. I think that Liesel and Milla might have been best friends under different circumstances. Having read and discussed both novels confirmed for me that, no matter where we reside on this blue planet, our values may not differ that much.
My recommendation: Read both novels, watch the movie.