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Number the Stars (1989)

by Lois Lowry

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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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Reading age ‏ : ‎ 10 - 12 years
Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 670L
Grade level ‏ : ‎ 5 - 7

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  BLESD | May 4, 2022 |
Such a wonderful book. So sad that unfortunately, WW2 was true. May we never repeat our mistakes again. (Most likely history will repeat itself somehow) ( )
  crazynerd | Mar 30, 2022 |
Number the Stars was a decent book, but maybe I expected more from Lowry. Just the subject matters itself provides plenty of tension and ways to move the story forward, but beyond the obvious, I didn't feel there was a lot done with the story. ( )
  Sean191 | Mar 14, 2022 |
This is a story about how a Danish family helped their Jewish neighbors escape from Nazi persecution. The main character is a 10-year-old girl. She observed the plight of her Jewish friend, the strange behaviors of her parents and uncle in their effort to smuggle out the Jewish friend, and realized they must help the Jewish people. Near the end of the book she participated in an important part of the smuggling task and helped get her friend out of the country to Sweden. I've read autobiographical accounts of people who helped Jews escape Nazi rule, and this book had very similar plot and provoked very similar emotional response from readers. But this book is better written :P Seriously. The author really is a good writer. The images she depicted, the dialogues between characters, the reflections of the main character.....they are beautifully conjured and expressed and often speak to the readers in a very meaningful way. Middle-grade fictions (the good ones) are such a joy to read! They tend to be shorter and simpler, yet just as beautiful and meaningful as novels targeted at adults. ( )
  CathyChou | Mar 11, 2022 |
My favorite book by her! ( )
  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
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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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Lowry, Loisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, BlairNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Steinhöfel, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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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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