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Number the Stars

Lowry, Lois

(Paperback - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Sandpiper, [2011]
ISBN: 9780547577098
Branch Call Number: J FIC L
Characteristics: 137 p. ; 20 cm.


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Jul 23, 2014
  • amcgraw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book.

Jul 17, 2014
  • chansong116342 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a breath-taking realistic fiction, that takes place in history.

Jul 16, 2014
  • getsoemstars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best of Best

Jul 09, 2014
  • Kirsteen55wong rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

one of my favorite books ever!

Jun 24, 2014
  • LAURIE JANE HAJEK-JONES rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book for age 8 to adult. Gave the reader suspense without being graphic for the young readers.

Reread this book with my kids this summer and led to some great conversations between us about what took place during World War II

This book is heartfelt, but interesting. It tells the story of Jews through the eyes of a ten-year-old, which is a weird thing to think about. By that I mean that there were kids who couldn't grasp exactly why they had to hide from the Nazis and such. This book kind of reminds me of the story of Anne Frank, actually.

loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 03, 2013
  • niku1234 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is incredible. It's well written and gives you an understanding of the impacts of the Holocaust. Lowry wrote in a way that helped me visualize each scene and each character. This book can really make you think deeply. I strongly recommend this book to other readers.

Jul 27, 2013
  • katerys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book. It's based durin WWII, so it's sad, but very well written.

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Jul 16, 2014
  • getsoemstars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The author, Lois Lowry wrote a lot of books that I enjoyed. Expecially the book 'the Giver' was a book that I liked a lot.
This story is based on Denmark being in the grip of Germany. Denmark surrendered to Germany because they knew they had a small, weak country back then. Annemarie is the main character and she is 10 years old. She has a friend named Ellen who is Jewish. Annemarie has an uncle, who is a fishermen, and she lives with her mom, her dad, and her younger sister. She had a older sister called Lise, but she died because she was one of the resistance to Germany controlling Denmark.
One day, the Germans, who didn't like the Jews, were looking for Jews and arrested them. Ellen and her family were Jews, so they had to escape. Few Jewish people gathered up at Annemarie's uncle's house. Uncle Henrick's house was more safe because it was far from the place where Germans were gathered up. They plan to go to the country Sweden, which was just across the ocean between Denmark and Sweden. Sweden wasn't in the control of Germany because it was much bigger, stronger, and Germany didn't want to take over Sweden for some reason. Uncle Henrick hid them in his house, waited until dark night, and took the hidden Jews to his boat and sailed them to Sweden safely. Ellen and Annemarie promised to meet again.
2 years later, when Annemarie became 12 years old, Germans went back to their own country and Denmark became free.
In the last part of this book, Uncle Henrich and Annemarie talks about bravery. I learned that bravery means not thinking about the dangers but only thinking about what you must do.

Jun 19, 2013
  • Lauren rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ten-year-old Annemarie and Ellen are best friends in Copenhagen. Their lives change, however, during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. Jewish families are being ''relocated'', and her family takes Ellen to live with them while her parents go into hiding elsewhere. Ellen pretends to be Annemarie's dead older sister to avoid being killed. Annemarie's family, along with others in the Resistance, risk their lives to try to send as many Jews to safety as possible, and Annemarie learns what bravery really is.

number the stars is a book about annemarie and how she helps her jewish friend get to safetyu after the nazi have invaded denmark.

"The gripping story of a ten-year-opld Danish girl who's family's courageous efforts to smuggle Jews out of their Nazi-occupied homeland to safety in Sweden. readers are taken to the very heart of Annemarie's experience, and through her eyes, understand the true meaning of bravery." (Novelist Review)


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