Markus Zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which has been translated into more than forty languages and has spent a total of 375 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. It was the only book to feature on both the USA and UK World Book Night Lists (2012) and has now been adapted into a major motion picture. His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry (also known as Getting the Girl), were all published internationally and garnered a number of awards and honours in his native Australia, and USA. The Messenger won the Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award (Older Readers – 2003) and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize – 2003), 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.