Jill said, "You are really tempting me now. =) I have some suggestions: (1) The Book Thief (Zusak) - Germany."
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist –- books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.