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Number the Stars

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As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen s family takes in Annemarie s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea
Nook, 144 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Hmh Books for Young Readers (first published 1989)
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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
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
Mar 21, 2008 Presley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 14, 2009 Adam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  *an exploding fluffball* 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
4.5 stars for this jewel. One reason I enjoy historical fiction is the educational aspect; learning about something for the first time. This is not your typical WWII/Holocaust book. This one tells the story of how the Danish people, after their small country was invaded by Germany, smuggled nearly the entire population of Jews (7,000) across the sea to Sweden, saving them from deportation and almost certain death.

The story is told through the eyes of 10 year old Annemarie Johansen, and how her f
Feb 13, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, newbery
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
Aug 26, 2008 Mulligan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books about WWII and this has been one of my favorites since I read it in 6th grade!
Carol Brill
Jul 27, 2015 Carol Brill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good YA story about a Danish family secretly working with the resistance to help their Jewish friends escape the Nazis. I realistic and gentle enough for younger adolescents introduction to the Holocaust. Wonderful examples of courage, loyalty, friendship and family.
Mar 21, 2010 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Catherine ♡
Jun 15, 2016 Catherine ♡ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this all the way back in 6th grade, but I thought it was one of the most touching books I'd ever read. The writing was beautiful - you could feel the fear in the atmosphere, yet it glistened with the innocence of the narrator.

It's definitely something both adults and children would enjoy, and it would definitely be a story that would have a lasting impact on the reader, no matter where they're from or how old they are.
Ginny Messina
Mar 31, 2008 Ginny Messina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, holocaust
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.
Aug 12, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Maria Carmo
Although a book written for children, I bet all adults would enjoy reading it. The book is written with a lot of lightness (as if directly from the thoughts of a ten year old) but at the same time, has all the depth of a story about the holocaust.
In this case, it is also an homage to the brave people of Denmark, who helped hide and then transport to Sweden their entire Jewish population. I had already become "acquainted" with Danish Resistance through Ken Follet's books, but this one is a beauti
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.

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Jan 19, 2015 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
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.
Apr 19, 2015 Judies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Krásné. Škoda jen, že knížka není delší.

A malá poznámka na závěr - u knih téhle autorky se opravdu vyplatí číst doslovy. :)
Jaseena AL

Title: Number The Stars
Type: Standalone
Author: Lois Lowry
Release Date: Feb 9,1998
Rating: 4 stars

“And they are beginning to realize that the world they live in is a place where the right thing is often hard, sometimes dangerous, and frequently unpopular.

Few lines from the letter of a young Danish Resistance leader kim Malthe-Bruun to his mother the night before he was executed.

“...and I want you all to remember-that you must not dream yourselves back to the times before the war, but the dream fo
May 20, 2014 Reese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lily Koh
Feb 03, 2016 Lily Koh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really a great book. The way how the author describes each feeling of the character is really detailed, very interesting, and fun to read. This book is about two young girls that live in Copenhagen. These girls are best friends. Their names are Annemarie Johansen and Ellen Rosen. The king had surrendered to the Nazis and the soldiers came into the country. After a few years or so, they started to take the Jews to some place else. People knew that they where taking them to place that ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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!
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
Mar 15, 2009 Melodee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 19, 2015 Rue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book did things to my heart. I read it when I was ten, which is the age of the main character in this book, and I was literally taken back to Amsterdam in World War 2. When Annemarie was scared, so was I. When she felt happy, I did too. Probably one of my favourite books of all time.
Kritika Swarup
Feb 28, 2012 Kritika Swarup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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:

" 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
Sep 14, 2007 Briynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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. ” 112 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.” 82 likes
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