The Book Thief’s Child Characters

The main character of the book is a little girl named Liesel. In the beginning of the book Liesel, her brother and her mother were on a train packed with people. Liesel’s brother was sick and was coughing out blood and had sores. Luckily Liesel and her mother was still alive when they got out of the train. A grave digger dropped a grave diggers handbook and Liesel stole it. Liesel left her mother to be sent to a foster home with a tall, skinny man named Hans Hubermann and his plump, ugly wife Rosa Hubermann. Liesel would not get out of the car when Rosa was screaming and yelling at her but Hans spoke very softly to Liesel to get her out. She did not know how to read so Hans had to teach her. At school Liesel couldn’t read and when she said the she could read she ended up saying what she memorized from the grave diggers handbook. Kids made fun of her because of it and one day she lost it and savagely beat 2 kids. She was beaten by Sister Maria twice that same day.

Rudy Steiner is best friends with Liesel. Rudy’s dad is a member of the nazi party. His dad doesn’t hate Jewish people but being a nazi is very good for his business. Rudy was obsessed about a black man named Jesse Owens who was in the olympics. He loved Jesse Owens and wanted to be just like him, Jesse Owens was one of the fastest men in the Olympics. Rudy liked him so much he covered his body with charcoal at night and was running around.When Rudy and Liesel were racing he said if he won Liesel had to kiss him but if she won she wouldn’t have to be the goalie for soccer anymore.

I feel that Liesel can be rude and mean but she can also be polite and nice. She seems kinda patient because she waited so long for her mom to write her a letter back. At times she seems like a very stubbern character. She seems to have a little bit of a temper because at school,  kids were teasing her but she snapped and beat two of them up. Liesel is a very complex character. She can be happy one moment but angry another.

Rudy is a person who really likes Liesel and wants to kiss her. He is a very fast runner and adores Jesse Owens. He can be a funny character sometimes when he is trying to kiss Liesel.



4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by alyssa on November 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Hey Riley! Wow, you have lots of detail! I agree with what you said about Liesel and how she has a few different personalities. But, I guess I would have some anger issues too if my brother died and I had to live with a mean old lady not knowing where my mother was. How are you liking the book so far? I love it! Looking forward to reading more of the book and your posts! _Alyssa_


  2. I really like all your 3 traits on Liesel. They are very detailed with great proof from the text. You did a great job describing Jesse Owens and the night Rudy put charcoal on his face. I really like how you have a little bit of each character in your post. In the reading I did not really catch what Rosa Hubermann looked like. Your post helped me to remember (short and cardboard face).
    I have a question, If you were in Liesel’s place, would you react the same?
    Really awesome job! I will be sure to come and visit your blog again!
    ~Shelby G.


  3. Your character trait to describe Liesel was original – “patient”. I agree! She shows a lot of impatience in some ways, like when she absolutely wanted to learn how to read NOW! On the other hand, she does wait awhile to contact her mother. Why do you think she didn’t ask Hans to write a letter on her behalf, before she could read and write?


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