The Book Thief Hits 2 Million
Having spent more than 200 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak has now sold 2 million copies in the United States. The book tells the story of an illiterate young girl, who can't help but steal books, living in Munich, Germany during World War II. When The Book Thief was first released in 2006, it received a number of accolades including the Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children's Literature, a Michael Printz Honor from the American Library Association, and the Sydney Taylor Book Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. According to the publisher, Random House's imprint Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, The Book Thief was initially marketed as a young adult novel but caught on with readers of all ages. In a press release, Joan Demayo, Senior Vice President, Director of Sales, Random House Children's Books & Special Markets, said, “Adult readers have embraced the novel in a big way through these programs. It is wonderful to see entire communities share and discuss this extraordinary novel, and as a result, we have seen sales for The Book Thief continue to grow year after year.”
Zusak's next book, Bridge of Clay, is scheduled for release in 2013.