* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: [[spoiler: The reunion of Max and Liesel. Both of them.]]
** ''Not-leaving'': An act of trust and love, often deciphered by children.
** [[spoiler: Liesel finally reconciling with Ilsa Hermann.]]
* IronWoobie: A vast majority of the cast. WorldWarTwo does that to people. Though a notable example is Death, who has the most miserable job on Earth and ''still'' cares about humans.
-->[[DontFearTheReaper Even death has a heart.]]
* TearJerker: Considering what [[WorldWarTwo the book's about]], are you really surprised?
** Among others, there's [[spoiler: Michael Holtzapfel's suicide]], Rudy giving the teddy to that pilot, Death's way of describing Rudy [[spoiler: when the bombs fall]], and way, ''way'' more.
** [[spoiler: ''She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Liesel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips.'']]
** ''[[ShowWithinAShow The Standover Man]]'' is somewhere between this and a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. [[spoiler: A Jewish man writing about his friendship with a German girl on painted-over pages of Mein Kampf?]] Yeah. That's sad.
** [[spoiler: The death of Hans and Rosa and how Death remembers them.]]
** This Troper has read the book several times over and STILL sobs like a child every time the last bit comes up.
** This little line near the very end of the book:
--> [[spoiler: Papa was a man with silver eyes, not dead ones.]]
** Liesel imagining Hans sitting up and playing the accordion [[spoiler:when she lays it on his chest after he dies.]]
** After Arthur Burg announces that [[spoiler:he's moving away]], Death tells us that the next time he saw Arthur was [[spoiler:in an alleyway, holding the body of his little sister who starved to death]].
** Pretty much anything that's not a CrowningMomentOfFunny or a non-TearJerker CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming is a tearjerker. This book is full of them.
* ToyShip: Rudy/Liesel before [[SheIsAllGrownUp they grow into teenagers]].