With Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, there is no doubt that The Book Thief is headed for Oscar consideration. And why not? It's an amazing story based on the 2005 bestseller by Australian Markus Zusak. It is set in Nazi Germany and concerns a young girl who steals books and shares them with others, not exactly the sort of activity booksellers want to encourage. On the other hand, the books in question were in the process of being burned.