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Markus Zusak


Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, THE BOOK THIEF, which is translated into more than 40 languages. First released in 2005, THE BOOK THIEF has spent a total of 375 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there eight years after it first came out.

THE MESSENGER (or I AM THE MESSENGER), published in 2002, won the 2003 Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), as well as receiving a Printz Honour in America. It also won numerous national readers choice awards across Europe, including the highly regarded Deutscher Jugendliteratur prize in Germany. 

It is THE BOOK THIEF, however, that has established Markus Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia. To date, The Book Thief has held the number one position at,, the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in countries across South America, Europe and Asia. It has also been in the top five bestsellers in the UK and several other territories. It has amassed many and varied awards, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers. It was the only book to feature on both the USA and UK World Book Night Lists in 2012, and has now been adapted into a major motion picture.

Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.

Books by Markus Zusak

by Markus Zusak - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

BRIDGE OF CLAY is the breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge --- for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

by Markus Zusak - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Living in Germany during World War II, young Liesel Meminger 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.

by Markus Zusak - Fiction

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver, living in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog and hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when Ed becomes the messenger, making his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary). Only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?

by Markus Zusak - Fiction
Cameron Wolfe is the quiet one in his family, not a soccer star like his brother Steve or a charming fighter with a new girl every week like his brother Rube. Cam would give anything to be near Octavia, with her brilliant ideas and bright green eyes. But what woman like that would want a loser like him?
Maybe Octavia would, Cam discovers. Maybe he'd even have something to say. And those maybes change everything: winning, loving, losing, the Wolfe brothers and Cameron himself.
by Markus Zusak

Ruben and Cameron Wolfe are two downtrodden, poverty-stricken young men in Sydney hungry for money and a lot more dignity. When the boys get the opportunity to fight for a sleazy fight promoter bent on exploiting their inexperience and vulnerability, they jump at the chance to pick up a few bucks and help out their unemployed father. But really, the stakes are much higher. Cameron is younger, more sensitive and not much of a fighter. Rube, as he's called, is harder, more streetwise and a natural fighter. Together, they fight for identity, pride and each other.