Marcus Zuzak's The Book Thief is about as challenging a YA novel as any out there: it's like a Mrs. Miniver in reverse, a Nazi Germany-set tale about a young girl named Liesel and her experience during World War II hiding a Jewish man in her family's cellar. Oh, and it's narrated by Death. So, yeah, pretty ambitious. And as adapted by Downton Abbey director Brian Percival, the movie version of the story, out Nov. 15 and starring Sophie Nelisse as Liesel and Geoffrey Rush as her adopted father Hans, could be a sleeper Oscar contender. The first trailer, anyway, looks very, very impressive. Check it out!
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