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

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)

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Reread October 2014. ( )
  jp0058 | Jul 26, 2016 |
This is the story set against the backdrop of WWII and the extermination of Jewish people by the Nazi regime. The story is written as seen through the eyes of ten year old Annemarie. In September of 1943 the Nazis started to detain Danish jews and send them off to death camps. This is the courageous story of how the Danish resistance smuggled out over seven thousand Danish jews to Sweden and safety.1990 Newbery Award winner.
  gregorysmith | Jul 21, 2016 |
This book is a great historical fiction piece for teaching about the devastation of WW II. This book contains the wonderful message of having courage to fight for what's right and helping ones friends. I also love that the perspective of the story is that of a ten-year-old girl. This is the age that I want to teach and this book would give my students the ability to imagine what their own experiences at this time would be like. Thus, this book makes WW II seem more real than learning about it solely via a textbook. ( )
  alaina.loescher | Jul 21, 2016 |
Set in 1943, Annemarie Johansen and her family live in Denmark when Nazis occupy it and begin to "relocate" the Jewish people. Annemarie and her family take her Jewish friend, Ellen, in as a sister, while almost brother-in-law Peter tries to help relocate her parents. This is an exciting story about Annemarie's journey to protect Ellen and her family and get them safely out of Denmark, under the watchful eyes of Nazi occupiers. ( )
  jmillerlits | Jul 11, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this young adult book about the Holocaust. It was very age appropriate for middle grades. The dangers were made clear without being graphic in nature. It was interesting to read how all members of the family played their role in smuggling their Jewish friends out of Denmark. I also appreciated the author's note at the ended explaining what parts were fictionalized and what parts were real. ( )
  jguidry | Jun 11, 2016 |
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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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Brown, BlairNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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