Number the Stars

Number the Stars

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Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Ellen Rosen, often think about the way life was before the war. It's now 1943, and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town. The Nazis won't stop. The Jews of Denmark are being "relocated, " so Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family. Then Ammemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission. Somehow she must find the strength and courage to save her best friend's life. There's no turning back.
Publisher: New York, NY : Laurel-Leaf, 1989.
ISBN: 9780440227533
Characteristics: 137 p. ; 17 1/2 cm.


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Jan 11, 2018

This is an amazing and beautiful book! You really appreciate the bravery and compassion that the Danish people had for their Jewish neighbours.

AL_HOLLYR Jan 02, 2018

A poignant story of friendship during the Holocaust.

Sep 14, 2017

Easy read. Young adult fictional tale about (the real) Danish resistance to the Nazi round up of Danish Jews. Author Lous Lowry in the afterword tells you what is true. Quote “…create an ideal decency and not a narrow-minded and prejudiced one.” Kim Malthe-Bruun.

Aug 30, 2017

Number the Stars is a heart touching story, well written and it makes you feel as you are going through the events that accrued in the story of a real event. Best book ever and i love it.

DBRL_KrisA Apr 02, 2017

This is a decent kids' book, and would make for a good read-along for young kids who are learning about World War II and the Holocaust. For such weighty subject matter, though, it's surprisingly light in tone; sure, Annemarie is concerned about her Jewish friend Ellen, and those German soldiers are *so* annoying, but also school, and dolls, and dresses and oh look a kitten. Having read The Giver, I know Lowry has it in her to write weighty, serious kids' fiction; I'm just surprised she treated such a serious subject so... casually(?).

Oct 08, 2016

Very interesting, I liked it. Very easy read though.

Sep 23, 2016

Number The Stars is about the occupation of Denmark by the Nazis during World War II. Although fictional, the author based this story on actual events that took place during this tragic era. Annemarie is a young Danish girl who lives in Copenhagen when the Germans invade and begin to persecute and round up Danish Jews. Annemarie’s family becomes involved in the Danish Resistance and the story relates how they went about rescuing, hiding and eventually smuggling their Jewish friends, the Rosens to safety in Sweden. Although it seems a long time ago, the devastation of World War II and the tragedy of the Holocaust is brought into focus for young readers in this classic novel. Also available as ebook and audiobook.

Aug 12, 2016

This was a beautiful story. Lois Lowry tells it with detail and emotion but doesn't go into more detail about the horrors of the Holocaust than a young reader needs to know. I was struck by the way she described the Jewish family, the Rosens. She notes the contrast when they have to put on old, tattered sweaters to cross the sea, to how they were normally so well dressed and put-together. Her descriptions bring out the humanity of her characters rather than just making them statistics of the Holocaust.

Jun 24, 2016

Great book about the Nazi invasion. Relationship between Jews and other communities who tried to help Jews survive during difficult times.

Jun 18, 2016

love it

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Aug 20, 2015

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

gailsolgos Jun 26, 2015

This book was during a war and about two bestfriends who have to go through some scary times to protect them selves. Even being seprated.They have seen some family die because they were helping jews people.It all doesn't make since

Jul 16, 2014

The author, Lois Lowry wrote a lot of books that I enjoyed. Expecially the book 'the Giver' was a book that I liked a lot.
This story is based on Denmark being in the grip of Germany. Denmark surrendered to Germany because they knew they had a small, weak country back then. Annemarie is the main character and she is 10 years old. She has a friend named Ellen who is Jewish. Annemarie has an uncle, who is a fishermen, and she lives with her mom, her dad, and her younger sister. She had a older sister called Lise, but she died because she was one of the resistance to Germany controlling Denmark.
One day, the Germans, who didn't like the Jews, were looking for Jews and arrested them. Ellen and her family were Jews, so they had to escape. Few Jewish people gathered up at Annemarie's uncle's house. Uncle Henrick's house was more safe because it was far from the place where Germans were gathered up. They plan to go to the country Sweden, which was just across the ocean between Denmark and Sweden. Sweden wasn't in the control of Germany because it was much bigger, stronger, and Germany didn't want to take over Sweden for some reason. Uncle Henrick hid them in his house, waited until dark night, and took the hidden Jews to his boat and sailed them to Sweden safely. Ellen and Annemarie promised to meet again.
2 years later, when Annemarie became 12 years old, Germans went back to their own country and Denmark became free.
In the last part of this book, Uncle Henrich and Annemarie talks about bravery. I learned that bravery means not thinking about the dangers but only thinking about what you must do.

Oct 19, 2011

number the stars is a book about annemarie and how she helps her jewish friend get to safetyu after the nazi have invaded denmark.

Lauren Jul 26, 2008

Ten-year-old Annemarie and Ellen are best friends in Copenhagen. Their lives change, however, during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. Jewish families are being ''relocated'', and her family takes Ellen to live with them while her parents go into hiding elsewhere. Ellen pretends to be Annemarie's dead older sister to avoid being killed. Annemarie's family, along with others in the Resistance, risk their lives to try to send as many Jews to safety as possible, and Annemarie learns what bravery really is.

lms May 01, 2008

"The gripping story of a ten-year-opld Danish girl who's family's courageous efforts to smuggle Jews out of their Nazi-occupied homeland to safety in Sweden. readers are taken to the very heart of Annemarie's experience, and through her eyes, understand the true meaning of bravery." (Novelist Review)


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Jun 29, 2016

“Mama was crying, and the rain made it seem as if the whole world was crying.”

Apr 30, 2015

'it is he who heals the broken in spirit and binds up their wounds, he who numbers the stars one by one.'


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