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Number the Stars (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
Collections:Chapter Books, Historical Fiction, Multicultural Books, 3rd-4th Grade Readers
Rating:*****
Tags:Holocaust, Jewish, World War II, Friendship

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This is a phenomenal book. I loved it because the story teaches kindness and acceptance. Ellen and Annemarie are best friends and their friendship is tested when it is realized all the Danish Jews are being rounded up to put in concentration camps. Many people gave in to the false imagines shown to them but Annemarie and her family denied them and continued caring for Annemarie even after her parents were taken. Another reason I love this story is because it reveals horrific events in a contained story. It is an easy but emotional read that lets you understand the happenings of that time. In the 1940’s in Europe many people were being taken and killed and this story presented a different view, one with hope. The Johansen’s give Ellen a chance to live. One thing I did not like about the story is that you do not find out whether Ellen and Annemarie were reunited.
I think the big idea of this story is to always have acceptance of everyone despite religion and others things that may set people apart. ( )
  StephanieWeiner | Oct 16, 2014 |
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  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
I love this book and how it implemented a great deal of history in it, particularly of World War II. This book helps show how people helped Jews travel to safe places before and during the reign of the Nazis. Great history book to teach students. ( )
  TeresaCruz | Oct 11, 2014 |
This is a very powerful book. It tells the story about a girl and her family sheltering another family from Nazi Germany during World War II.The family has to break the rules and go through extreme measures to take care of the family they are sheltering. The Jewish family has to hide their identities and their true lives to stay alive.
  astinchavez | Oct 9, 2014 |
This story is all about the Holocaust. It is told from a little girls point of view. It teaches young readers about the tragedy and sadness endured during this difficult time. ( )
  hschmill22 | Oct 5, 2014 |
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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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For my friend Annelise Platt

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Mr. & Mrs. Leib Diogenes
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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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