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Number the Stars (original 1989; edition 1998)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:Number the Stars
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Laurel Leaf (1998), Edition: 1998, Mass Market Paperback, 136 pages
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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)

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Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.

This book really opens your eyes to other people's struggles during WWII, especially the Jews who went through so much.

In the classroom (since it would have to be older kids who read this) I would break down that the Jews had or I would have them write about their own personal struggle.
  madison.young | Mar 26, 2017 |
Number the Stars is about a ten-year-old girl named Annemarie Johansen and her friend Ellen Rosen. They live in Copenhagen, a town in Denmark and are beginning to "relocate" Jews. Ellen in Jewish so Annemarie and her family have to help them escape against all odds.

This is a well written book. The author gave a very realistic portrayal of life in Denmark durning WWII and the problem the people faced during that time period. The decisions the characters are forced to make are heart wrenching. I would recommend this book to upper elementary and/or middle school students. The book deals with war, death, friendship, and bravery. The conflicts in the book are character versus society, character versus character, and character versus nature.

Classroom extensions:
1) Understand the courage and bravery of resisting the Nazis.
2) Recognize that each of us has the capacity to do good as well as evil.
3) Compare and contrast Annemarie and Ellen using a Venn diagram. ( )
  joaplant | Mar 26, 2017 |
In my opinion this is a great book. First, it pushes readers to think about tough situations. The book takes place during the holocaust. The main character Annemarie is safe because she is a catholic with blonde hair and blue eyes. However her best friend, Ellen, is in danger because she is Jewish. Ellen’s parents get taken away but she manages to hide with Annemarie and her family. They start to tell everyone that they are sisters and for a while it works. The girls have to decide at a young age when it’s okay to lie. In their case, if lying will save a life then it’s worth it. Also, the characters are well developed. The book does a great job at explaining the unfairness of the holocaust. Both Ellen and Annemarie are innocent girls trying to live an ordinary life. They're practically identical except for the fact the Ellen is Jewish. The author makes it impossible for readers to dislike either one of the girls despite their religious preferences. Overall the moral of this story is to explain that sometimes its okay to lie. This book also shows risks you must take to protect a friend in need. ( )
  Rwatts3 | Mar 15, 2017 |
Number the Stars follows the story of a young girl and her journey through the Holocaust. The family helps smuggle Annemarie friend, Ellen's family out of Denmark and into freedom from the Nazis. This book is a great read especially for learning about perseverance and the Holocaust.
  EllieDowns | Mar 14, 2017 |
This is a fantastic book that center's around the Nazi's relocation of Jews from Denmark. Annemarie and her family hide a Jewish girl that is Annemarie's best friend Ellen. This book really comes alive and engages your emotions. This is a great story to explain the reality that the Danish people lived during that era.

Critique of Genre- Historical Fiction ( )
1 vote Lhayden4 | Mar 9, 2017 |
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In my opinion this is a great book. First, it pushes readers to think about tough situations. The book takes place during the holocaust. The main character Annemarie is safe because she is a catholic with blonde hair and blue eyes. However her best friend, Ellen, is in danger because she is Jewish. Ellen’s parents get taken away but she manages to hide with Annemarie and her family. They start to tell everyone that they are sisters and for a while it works. The girls have to decide at a young age when it’s okay to lie. In their case, if lying will save a life then it’s worth it. Also, the characters are well developed. The book does a great job at explaining the unfairness of the holocaust. Both Ellen and Annemarie are innocent girls trying to live an ordinary life. They're practically identical except for the fact the Ellen is Jewish. The author makes it impossible for readers to dislike either one of the girls despite their religious preferences. Overall the moral of this story is to explain that sometimes its okay to lie. This book also shows risks you must take to protect a friend in need.
 
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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For my friend Annelise Platt

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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.
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"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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This is the story about a 10 year old girl and her best friend and their struggles in Denmark during WW2. The Nazis invade and Annemarie's (the 10 year old) best friend is a Jew. Number the stars tells Annemarie's story as she struggles to deal with her life and her friendships during such a difficult time.

I read this book when I was 9 years old. It was the first story that made me think about the world and how different the american lifestyle was compared to that of other countries. This book gave me a passion to learn more about the life of other people who lived during the war.
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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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