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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 go on a ...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
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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
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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
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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
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.
Paige  Bookdragon
I rarely read classic books nowadays. Seeing as my mom's idea of educational learning was to shove classic books down my throat (note: The first novel I finished reading was The Complete Sherlock Holmes and I was fucking eight years old) I have to say that it's understandable if I steer clear of classics for awhile.

The last classic novel I've read is this book. Mom is devious. She wrapped this little shit with a vintage wrapper, stashed it under my bed and asked me to clean my room because it re
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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
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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
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Jennifer
I love books about WWII and this has been one of my favorites since I read it in 6th grade!
Beth Sniffs Books
An intense read with some tender moments. I can't help but wonder how a true middle grade reader would feel while reading this -- Lowry seems to respect her young readers and does not hide the truth/reality about the state-of-affairs for the citizens of Denmark during this time period.

The afterword, where Lowry explains where fact ends and fiction begins, was particularly interesting to read.

February BOTM group read for Great Middle Grade Reads.

all my reviews can be found at www.isniffbooks.wo
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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
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
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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.
Tania
A WWII story aimed at ten to thirteen year olds. I thought it was very well done, and something I'll get my kids to read when they're older. I loved how she explained what being brave meant, and that it's sometimes better to not know everything. I never knew that almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark was smuggled out by the Danes - amazing!
Reese
Have I ever looked at any reviews shortly before I typed my own comments about a book? I don't think so -- that is, until a few minutes ago. In countless ways, reviewers offered the same basic "confession": only years after its publication did I finally get around to reading Lois Lowry's Number the Stars . So perhaps I shouldn't feel embarrassed by my failure to read this Newberry Award Medal Winner until just about twenty-five years after its release. I can't account for its not having been in ...more
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
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
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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
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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
Eldryn Sayo
I really can't believe that Annemarie-a 10 year old girl can make a big role for her family and best friend-Ellen. Maybe if I were in her position i'll do the same thing, I will also help, save and take care of my families and my friends. And if ever there would a war again in Philippines, I will die for my own country. And what I've learned in 'number the stars'is that friendship can make everything possible unless you want it to be.
Justine
I may be biased because I love Lois Lowry's writing and characters and stories. But this was beautiful. The author's note at the end was amazing too. I shed quite a few tears. Some stuff could have been more developed but it was a great children's book on WWII overall.
Judies
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Krásné. Škoda jen, že knížka není delší.

A malá poznámka na závěr - u knih téhle autorky se opravdu vyplatí číst doslovy. :)
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
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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
Mike
This little book was a real treat. It tells the fictional story of a Danish family in the middle of WWII who helped a family of Jews escape from the Nazis. As the Afterword explains, much of the story was based on real people and historical events. The suspense built up in the story is quite real as the little girl, Annemarie, who is the main character is put into several tense encounters with the soldiers who are seemingly everywhere in that tiny country. It is a story of bravery, loyalty and d ...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.
Kats
Having read a shedload of holocaust and WW2 literature all the way through school (one of the side-effects of having an English-German upbringing and very historically aware parents), I have never wanted to subject my children to the same misery too soon. However, as my older son turned ten this year I've been looking for a "gentle" literary introduction to the horrors of Nazi Germany and the holocaust, and I feel that NUMBER THE STARS is it.

Well written, factually accurate, not too long, suspe
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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 !
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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
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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. ” 97 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.” 73 likes
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