Two award-winning modern classics from #1 New York Times bestselling author Markus Zusak. The Book Thief affirms the ability of books to feed the soul even in the bleakest of times in a story the New York Times described as -brilliant. . . . the kind of book that can be life-changing.- I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love, which School Library Journal called -unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw- in a starred review. Markus Zusak is the recipient of two Printz Honor Books and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens, and together, these two stories form an extraordinary collection to showcase the intensity and heart inherent in his storytelling.