For everyone who cried during the book-burning scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this movie's for you.
After her parents flee the country, Liesel (Nélisse) steals her first book at her brother's funeral. Even though she can't read it, she wants something to remember him by.
Soon, her secret is out, and her new papa, Hans (Rush) starts teaching her how to read. In losing one secret, she gains several more - Hans and Liesel's foster mother, Rosa (Watkins), take in a Jewish man, Max (Schnetzer) and hide him in their basement, and Liesel starts stealing books from bonfires and "borrowing" books from the mayor's wife.
Despite the horrors of WWII, Liesel still manages to find happy moments with family and friends that she comes to love.