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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
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Apr 17, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: eced-221

Number the Stars is about Jewish families and the helping families during World War 2. It is mainly about the Rosen and Johansen families. The Johansen family helps the Rosens by taking in their Jewish daughter, Ellen, which is also the Johansen's middle daughter's friend and calling her their own. Later on, the Rosens get help by Uncle Henrik. He takes them on his fishing boat and takes them to Sweden so they can avoid the Nazis.

This story meets the criteria for historical fiction. Lowry brings the setting to life by describing the details and placing them in a really place. An example of this is in the first chapter Annemarie and Ellen is racing down Osterbrogade street. Two of the main characters, Annemarie and Ellen, are best friends and enjoy doing everything together. Two examples of this are when they are racing down the street and enjoyed reenacting the book Gone with the Wind. The conflicts are very plausible. During WW2, the Nazis were taking the Jewish people away and there were some people that tried their bests to save them and get them into Sweden. I feel that the theme is still relevant for today's readers because they learn how hard it was to live then and they can learn about friendship.

This book would be good to use in the classroom during the WW2 history section. It will allow for the students to understand what the Jewish people went through.

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