What is the title of Max's book in The Book Thief?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The book that Max writes is called The Word Shaker.  Interestingly, he takes the pages from a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf and paints the text white. Then, on the freshly whitened pages, he uses black paint to write a new book.  It is a touching book that tells his brief history, summarizes the war and many feelings about being a Jew and a German, and expresses affection and kindness for Liesel.  It is touching, and he does it as a way to pass time, and as a way to bond with Liesel and show her that he cares for her and is appreciative of her friendship.  Liesel cherishes the book, especially after Max is forced to leave their household for safety reasons.

Max's book also inspires Liesel to write her own history, and as the novel progresses, it is this decision that, in the end, saves her life.  She is in the basement writing her story when the bombs fall on her city.  Her life is saved because she was safe in the basement.

I hope that helped; good luck!

jlfsoccer | Student

The Word Shaker and The Standover Man are Max's books.