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Number the Stars (Yearling Newbery) by Lois…

Number the Stars (Yearling Newbery) (original 1989; edition 1990)

by Lois Lowry (Author)

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Title:Number the Stars (Yearling Newbery)
Authors:Lois Lowry (Author)
Info:Yearling (1990), Edition: Reissue, 137 pages
Tags:_Historical Fiction, From:KayHowell

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)


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Historical Fiction, Chapter Book, Grades 4-8.
This is a short book and fairly easy read with some mildly serious and mature content. The story takes place in Nazi occupied Denmark. The main character’s family is involved in helping jews escape before they can be relocated. It is a kid friendly book that makes the topics and ideas manageable and accessible ( )
  ebroph2 | Apr 11, 2019 |
This book is written in the perspective of a ten-year old girl named Annemarie Johansen. this story takes place during World War two in Denmark when the Nazi army took over. Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, is a young Jewish girl. Throughout the story, the reader gets to know the details of how to smuggle the Jews out of Denmark. ( )
  CodyNoto | Mar 18, 2019 |
Number the Stars is a book in the perspective of a ten-year old girl, who is a Danish non-jew, Annemarie Johansen. Annemarie's family shows the absolute meaning of friendship when it comes to a life or death situation for her friend, Ellen. This book is somewhat factual with the really story of the Holocaust. ( )
  bxr032 | Feb 13, 2019 |
This story is told from the perspective of ten year old, Annemarie Johansen, in the year of 1943. Her life has changed ever since the Nazis overtook Denmark. The Nazi soldiers are everywhere in their neighborhood and they are forced to go into hiding on this dangerous journey to survive. ( )
  mckinzietangen | Feb 7, 2019 |
Over the years, I have read many of Lois Lowry's books, I do not know how I missed this one. This is a poignant tale of Annemarie Johansen and her family living in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1943. Annemarie's best friend is Ellen Rosen, a young Jewish Girl. When the nazis finally decide to relocate the Jewish people, a high-ranking German official tells the Danish government. The rabbi at the synogogue the Rosens attend warns them. The rest of the story details the secrecy and the plans the resistance has to smuggle the Jewish people out of Denmark, across the sea to safety in Sweden.

This is a story of bravery, love, sacrifice and success. The story is told in simple language for children. It is not gruesome or descriptive of the horrors that occurred, but it is easy to see the burdens and fear the Danish people lived with. This book is a Newberry Award winner and it is easy to see why. This is not a long book, but it is an important story. Once again, I have learned something about the people who survived WWII that I was not aware of before. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
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Jan Mark (Carousel 15, Summer 2000)
Morally speaking, Denmark had a 'good war' after it surrendered to the Nazis in 1940. Notably absent from factual and fictional tales of derring-do, the very real heroism of its civilian population is celebrated in Lowry's quiet but stirring story, based on real events, which tell of one family's successful bid to send their Jewish friends to safety in neutral Sweden. Instead of comic-strip heroics with implausible intervention by implausible kids, she gives us a situation in which children must be included because they cannot be excluded, fearfully endangered but willing parties to an ethical struggle. The happy ending is entirely credible, even to those old enough to know what might have happened instead. Category: Older.
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CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1989)
Ten-year-old Annemarie, living in occupied Denmark during World War 11, must test the limits of her own courage when she and her family assist their Jewish friends in their escape from the Nazis. Flawlessly interwoven into her personal account are details of the historic and heroic Movement in which Denmark, as a nation, successfully resisted the attempts of the Nazis to exterminate Danish Jews. With their varying degrees of knowledge, each character represents a model of courage in a fast-paced story about individual and collective response to evil. Honor book, 1989 CCBC Newbery Discussion. CCBC Category: Fiction For Young Readers. 1989, Houghton Mifflin, , $12.95. Ages 8-12.
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"I'll race you to the corner, Ellen!" Annemarie adjusted the thick leather pack on her back so that her schoolbooks balanced evenly.
"It is important to be one of the crowd, always. Be one of many. Be sure that they never have reason to remember your face."
The whole world had changed. Only the fairy tales remained the same.
Dangers were no more than odd imaginings, like ghost stories that children made up to frighten one another: things that couldn’t possibly happen.
"It is much easier to be brave if you don't know everything. And so your mama doesn't know everything. Neither do I. We know only what we need to know."
"You will, little one. You saved her life, after all. Someday you will find her again. Someday the war will end," Uncle Henrik said. "All wars do.
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During World War II, Annemarie and her best friend face struggles in Denmark when the Nazis invade and Annemarie's and her best friend are Jews. Number the stars tells Annemarie's story as she struggles to deal with her life and her friendships during such a difficult time.
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The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps. Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews to Sweden. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round-up and helps smuggles Ellen's family out of the country. Number the Stars won the 1990 Newbery Medal.

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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.

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