In The Book Thief, what is the chronological order of the books Liesel steals?A list of the stolen books in chronological order please!

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Michael Otis eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Liesel, the orphaned protagonist of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, steals a total of nine books throughout the novel:

The first is The Grave Diggers Handbook, stolen on January 13, 1939, the day Liesel's brother dies, and the day she last sees her mother.  With it Hans Hubermann, her foster father teaches her to read.

The second is Faust the Dog, by Mattheus Ottleberg, received as a Christmas gift, paid for by cigarettes.

The third is The Lighthouse, by Ingrid Rippinstein, also received at Christmas, and paid for by cigarettes.

The fourth is The Shoulder Shrug, 'stolen' from a bonfire of banned books on April 20, 1940. The mayor's wife witnesses the theft.

The fifth is Mein Kampf ("My Struggle"), written by the Fuhrer himself, Adolf Hitler.

The sixth is The Whistler, given by the mayor's wife on the day she fires her laundress, Liesel's foster mother.  Enraged, Liesel threw it back, but later decided to keep the book only if she could steal it. In November 1941, she and her best friend, Rudy, sneak into the mayor's residence to steal the book, almost getting caught in the process. Viktor Chemmel, their enemy, threw it into the icy river, but Rudy gallantly retrieved it.

The seventh is The Dream Carrier, stolen because the title of the book reminded Liesel of the dreams she shared with Max, the Hubermann's secret, because Jewish, houseguest.

The eighth is Song in the Dark, stolen because Liesel didn't have a green book in her collection, and because the insignia of a flute between the title and the author's name appealed to her. This was the first book she stole without Rudy's assistance.

The ninth and last book is The Complete Dulden Dictionary and Thesaurus, left on the window ledge by Liesel's secret admirer, the mayor's wife.

poetrymfa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Liesel steals the following books (in the following order):

  • The Grave Digger's Handbook: Liesel steals this training handbook on grave digging when she finds it lying in the snow at the funeral of her brother, Werner Meminger. The date is January 13, 1939. She hides it under her bed at the Hubermann's house and learns to read with it.
  • Faust the Dog: Liesel does not steal this book, which is penned by Mattheus Ottleberg, but rather receives it as a Christmas gift from Hans and Rosa Hubermann.
  • The Lighthouse: This book, written by Ingrid Rippinstein, is also a Christmas gift (not stolen) for Liesel from Hans and Rosa.
  • The Shoulder Shrug: Liesel steals this book—which features a Jewish protagonist—from a book burning which takes place on Hitler's birthday (April 20, 1940). It is because Ilsa Hermann, the mayor's wife, witnesses her stealing the book that she is invited to Ilsa's library.
  • The Whistler: Liesel steals this book about a murderer running from the police from Ilsa Hermann's library. She does this out of anger because the Hermanns have fired Rosa. She reads the book during the air raids. 
  • The Dream Carrier: Liesel steals this book as well from Ilsa Hermann's library. It focuses on an abandoned child who wants to be a priest, and she reads it out loud to Max while he is sick.
  • A Song in the Dark: Liesel steals this from Ilsa's library without Rudy's help. She chooses it because she does not own any other books with green covers.
  • The Last Human Stranger: This is the final book that Liesel steals from Ilsa's library. 
charliereichle | Student
  • The Grave Digger's Handbook (from her brother's grave)
  • Faust the Dog and The Lighthouse (received for Christmas)
  • The Shoulder Shrug (from the bonfire of books)
  • The Whistler (from Mayor's wife's library and river)
  • The Dream Carrier (from Mayor's wife's library)
  • Song in the Dark (from Mayor's wife's library)
  • The Completer Dulden Dictionary (from Mayor's wife's library's window)
  • The Last Human Stranger (from Mayor's wife's library)