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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars (original 1989; edition 2011)

by Lois Lowry (Author)

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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.
Title:Number the Stars
Authors:Lois Lowry (Author)
Info:HMH Books for Young Readers (2011), Edition: Reissue, 160 pages
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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)


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A 10-year-old girl is smuggled out of Denmark with other Jews in 1943.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 22, 2021 |
Number the Stars is a historical fiction about a family that smuggles some Jewish friends during world war II. I like Annemarie, who was a ten-year-old girl. She was brave and clever though she knew the terrible fact that the German soldiers wanted to torment the Jewish people. Annemarie and her family against all odds help their Jewish friends leave Denmark.
( spoiler reminder !!!) The most exciting part occurred when Annemarie had to deliver the handkerchief which wrapped some special drugs to her uncle to save her Jewish friends. On the dark path to the pier, Annemarie met the German soldier. Confronted with the soldier’s questions, Annemarie was calm and brave. Her replies catched my interest and its ending didn’t let me down, too. The scenes of the story were written particularly well as well as the plots were exciting and intriguing. I found the book so gripping that I couldn't put it down. This book was worth reading for everyone.. It was touching in the end and we could even learn some historical knowledge in this story. ( )
  20218 | Aug 15, 2021 |
This book is about the escape of a Jewish family during World War !!. The main character is 10 year old Annemarie Johansen along with her family- mother, father and sister. It includes the events related to the rescue of Danish Jews. During the story, Annemarie tries to help her best friend avoid being relocated to a concentration camp by pretending she is her older sister. ( )
  Sstenson | Jul 28, 2021 |
"Mailbox", Intermediate, Oct/Nov 1992
  AprilGraziano | Jul 26, 2021 |
This historical story is written for a younger audience, and tells the story of a prototypical Danish family protecting a Jewish girl from the Nazis. While the story focuses on two little girls, the book does a nice job of instilling the kind of fear that was pervasive at the time, and also the stoic resolve of the Danes to protect themselves and their fellow citizens regardless of beliefs. There is a wonderful story of King Christian riding around on his horse, and when the Nazis asked about his bodyguards, they were told all citizens of Denmark were his guards. Lowry's afterword was excellent too. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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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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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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