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Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to...more
Mass Market Paperback, 137 pages
Published February 9th 1998 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1989)
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stephanie
i read this in hardback, when it first came out, and i'd say it was probably the reason i became addicted to WWII/holocaust literature/history at such a young age.

i think it helped that i was so young when i read this, as imagining a ten year old standing up to nazis was something remarkable, but imaginable for me. i loved annemarie, i identified with her in ways i can't really explain. i read this book again and again, and it never changed. there are scenes burned into my memory: the fake fune...more
Presley
Mar 21, 2008 Presley rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anybody!
Number the Stars Bantam Doubleday Dell,1989, 152 pp., $5.99
Lois Lowery ISBN 0-06-447073-3

“Annemarie looked up, panting, just as she reached the corner. Her laughter stopped. Her heart seemed to skip a beat. ‘Halte!’ the soldier ordered in a stern voice ” (2, Lowery). And so begins Lois Lowery’s Number the Stars. When I first began to read Number the Stars a few years ago, I found that I could hardly get passed page three without dozing off. Recently, I had a friend tell me I should give the boo...more
Jennifer
I know- I can't believe I'm just now reading this. What kind of a children's librarian am I?

This is a nice little story about a family who smuggles some Jewish friends out of Denmark during the Nazi occupation in 1943. I always avoided reading this because it looked depressing, but it wasn't. It wasn't a light story, but it didn't have the horrible scenes that fill most holocaust books.

However, the author's note at the end affected me deeply. I don't know a lot about my Danish heritage- I've alw...more
Adam
Jan 14, 2009 Adam rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: no one
Is it just me, or do most books about Jewish girls during World War II suck? I'm serious, it's like this book and "Summer of my German Soldier" were written with the same purpose in mind: educate students about the Holocaust in just about the most boring way possible. Thank God there's the History Channel, or else my generation would've have thought the Holocaust as if it were simply a story about little girls and their twisted lives. I'm probably overexaggerating a bit, but ut's the best way I...more
Mulligan
Aug 26, 2008 Mulligan rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Those who like historical fiction and/or terrific characters
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry takes place in Denmark during World War II and the Holocaust. The story begins with an introduction to the cruelty of German soldiers who are occupying Denmark, the story's heroine, Annemarie, her younger (and more bratty), and her best friend Ellen Rosen. From there, this young adult novel tells a tale of bravery.

Soon after the beginning of the story, the Nazi soldiers begin attempting to take Denmark's Jewish citizens away to concentration camps (read: starvation
...more
Lisa Vegan
This is a safe, easy way for children to be introduced to a little of what happened during the holocaust. When I was growing up, one of my mother’s friends was from Denmark (she traveled back there once a year), and she was very proud of how her homeland had behaved during World War II. I really enjoyed this book and thought of Edna while reading it.
Jennifer
I love books about WWII and this has been one of my favorites since I read it in 6th grade!
Beth
On the back of the library's copy of this book is a review from The Horn Book Magazine that says "the whole book is seamless, compelling, and memorable -- impossible to put down; difficult to forget." Well, I was about to put that bold statement to the test: "difficult to forget," huh? What if you read this twenty years ago and have had two kids and subsequent serious sleep deprivation since then??

Well, I can't remember items on my shopping list while I'm at the store, but I remembered a surpris...more
Ginny Messina
This wonderful story about a Danish family involved in rescuing their Jewish friends from the Nazis is a good—-and relatively gentle—-introduction to the Holocaust for young children. It’s hard not to be inspired over and over by the incredible moral courage of the Danish people and the strong moral leadership provided by the king, the military, and law enforcement. I wish this book had been around when I was a child.
Peachy
Number The Stars is a heartening tale of the solidarity and love shared by a country and her countrymen, even whereby divergent religions could cause no fault. It is a tale woven with endearing and inspiring characters, written in a simple yet poignant manner, by one of the most affecting Young-Adult Fiction writers of our time. Lowry is a master in the art of the subtle details that invoke elaborate and griping visualizations. The prose is ever engaging as the depictions of beautiful scenery ar...more
Lucy
I love Lois Lowry. The Giver is one of my all-time favorite books. She has a way of explaining a complex idea or lesson in a simple, but not at all dumbed down way. Lowry's story of a young girl living in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, and trying to understand who the Nazis are and what their presence means does just that. When Annemarie Johansen's best friend, Ellen Rose,who is Jewish, moves in with her family and pretends to be her dead sister because her parents are forced to go into hid...more
Monique
I highly recommend this book, not only because it is about the Holocaust and Nazi Germany, but because almost all of the details in it were based on true accounts.

In a nutshell, the plot of Number The Stars is about the occupation of Denmark by the Nazis. Lois Lowry created a fictional character in the person of Annemarie Johansen, a ten-year-old Danish who lives with her family in Copenhagen at the beginning of Germany's invasion of their country and the persecution of Danish Jews. Annemarie's...more
Melodee
I will be reading this novel with my students over the next few weeks. This is a great young adult novel that ties in well with our studies of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement. Although it is historical fiction, it reminds the students that people have been persecuted for not just their skin color, but religion among other things.


If you teach and use this as a class read, look for the movie "Miracle at Midnight" from Disney. It is based on the true story of the Danes who his Jews during Nazi o...more
Katie
I think I first read this book in 3rd or 4th grade. I've read it many times since and never lose my love for it.
Kathryn
I like how her friend took her David Star neckless and how her parents pretended that she was her daughter. Many people back then had hard times to stay hidden from the Nazi soliders and have to hide The Star of David neckles around their neck.
At the biginning of the story Elen, Annemarie, and Kirsty are running home to their apartment. On the way there they ran into two Nazi soliders and the two Nazi soliders asked questions about then. After that they went home and told their parents about t...more
Briynne
I read this book compulsively as a child. It was my introduction to the Holocaust. Like so many book-nerds, I read precociously and therefore got to a lot of books before I reached the prescribed grade-level. So, I read this book before the words "World War" or "genocide" ever reached my ears in a classroom. I was fascinated by it all in a very child-like way. I couldn't really understand why the Rosens were in danger, so when Annemarie's father explains the whole thing to her, he was explaining...more
Carol
I loved Lowry's The Giver and always wanted to read this one. OMG she is such an excellent writer, and was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1990. Number the Stars is a work of historical fiction about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen during Occupation of Denmark during the Second World War because of the Holocaust. The story centers around ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, who lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1943 and was caught up in the events surrounding the rescue of the Danish Jews....more
The other John
While I'm officially retired as a full time home school teacher, I somehow got stuck with reviewing my daughter's writing assignments. I discovered that reading the child's school books really help when correcting her papers, so I am back to reading kids' books. Ah well. Number the Stars is the tale of Annemarie and Ellen, two girls living in 1943 Copenhagen. The day comes when the Nazis decide to round up all the Jewish folks in Denmark and the girls face the challenge of avoiding the soldiers-...more
Philip
I thought this was a pretty good book. It's one of those that I ALWAYS saw growing up. Everywhere. And I never read it.

Well, now I have, and it was pretty good.

I can't imagine too much of it sticking with me for too long. There are just SO many holocaust stories and books and movies out there. I bet I will take the story of King Christian X with me though - riding through Copenhagen unprotected; unguarded. A soldier asked a boy on the street where his body-guards were, and the boy replied, 'all...more
Hannah
This book is based on world war 2. It's about a girl who has a Jewish friend and has to hide her in her house preteding that she is her sister. If the soilders figure out she's a Jew, she will have to be put into a concentration camp! It's a great story about friendship.
Mallory
i loved this book! it really makes you think about what happened and what these people were going through. It is really good. READ! Good for 4th grade and up !
Mavrick price
i loved this book. it was very sad but very exciting. i never wanted it to end! you guys should deffinately read it.
Madee
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Clayton
I really liked this book! I recommend this book to alot of people unless you are really sad when you read about Germans wanting to take Jews away.

The book Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a quick and easy read with only 137 pages. The main character is Annemarie and her best friend is Ellen. The book is back in time when Germans were looking for Jews to put in concentration camps. Ellen and her family are jews and Ellen has to stay with Annemarie and Ellen's family had to hide somewhere else....more
Kritika Swarup
Independence is a precious gift. A story of war brings back the realization multiplied to leave a sharp impact. The book emphasises on treasuring harmony while quoting from a letter written by a Danish Resistance leader a night before his execution:

"..you must not dream yourselves to the times before the war, but the dream for you all, young and old, must be to create an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow minded and prejudiced one.."

While reading an account of struggle captures the reader...more
Lizzie
This book is written by Lois Lowry and I read it between the dates of 2-10-12 to 2-12-12.The main character is AnneMarie and she lives in Copenhagen in the time period of a war.The supporting characters are Ellen-AnneMarie's Best Friend-Soilders,Kristi-AnneMaries little sister-and Mama.The most frequent settings are Copenhagen and Annemaries Uncle's Farm.The problem is that Annemaries friends' family has to be relocated.It is the same with all the jews.But to protect Ellen, they act like it is A...more
Prashant
I read this book because I liked "The Giver" and that was reason enough to go for this one.
When I got this book in my mail from the package size it seemed more like a card than a book. Talking about good things coming in small package. Aye sir !

This book is about a young ten year old Danish girl and her life after her country surrendered to Germany in 1940. The chain of events that happened in the girls life mark the tenacity of the Danish to survive the German invasion and the sacrifices that...more
D.C.
When you pick up a historical fiction novel, you're looking for a couple things: historical accuracy, a gripping plot, and characters and events that reflected the time period. Number the Stars offers all that and more in one 132-page, delicious romp.

Number the Stars takes place during the climax of World War II. Annemarie Johansen and Ellen Rosen are friends in Denmark, which is being taken over by German soldiers. Times are tough, and there is not enough food and money. One night the Germans v...more
SilverRaindrops
With "Number the Stars", Lois Lowry has written a book that can paint a picture of the Danish history under the Nazi rule for young children. At around 150 pages in a not-too-small print, this book has exactly the right length, and it's got exactly the right scope, too.

Everything we experience is seen through the eyes of ten-years-old Annemarie. The soldiers scare her, she doesn't like that there's not much variation in food, she's got to watch out for her younger sister. Later on, when life bec...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Annemarie Johansen is a 10-year-old girl growing up in Denmark during WWII. Soldiers occupy every street corner and everyone does his or her best not to draw attention to themselves. Annemarie's best friend, Ellen, is a Jew. One night, Annemarie's family hides Ellen from soldiers who are looking for Jews. How far is the family willing to go to provide that protection? How brave can they be?

I don't know how I didn't ever read this in school. Well, I guess I do now that I looked at the copyright d...more
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"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always...more
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“Ellen had said that her mother was afraid of the ocean, that it was too cold and too big. The sky was, too, thought Annemarie. The whole world was: too cold, too big. And too cruel. ” 69 likes
“She fell asleep, and it was a sleep as thin as the night clouds, dotted with dreams that came and went like the stars.” 54 likes
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