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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
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Feb 22, 09

bookshelves: children-fiction, friendship, newbery-award-winner, historical, holocaust, wars-wwii, caudill-1992, bluestem-2014
Recommended to Jackie by: Max M.
Read in February, 2009

In 1943, Denmark was occupied by the Germans and Nazi soldiers were present on every street corner. Annemarie Johansen lived with her parents and sister in an apartment building in Copenhagen. Her best friend was Ellen Rosen. Copenhagen was becoming increasingly dangerous for the Jews and unbeknownst to Ellen and Annemarie, both set of parents were making plans for the Rosens to escape to Sweden where they would be safe. This is the story of the brave and loyal friends who helped Jews like Ellen and her parents travel the dangerous waters to freedom. In this story, the girls are told as little as possible, yet are told enough to know they are all in danger...and Annemarie must rise to a higher level of bravery when her mother trips and breaks her ankle. Although her fear is very real and heightened by the snarling dogs of the German soldiers, she delivers a package that is of paramount importance to the success of the crossing to freedom for the Rosens. A very realistic historical fiction WWII story of Nazi Occupation and the lengths to which true and brave friends and neighbors would go to help their fellow man.
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