In this book for youth, a "Gentile" family is faced with a hard reality during World War II. This reality is that the German occupiers do not want the Jewish people to thrive or to even survive. This causes a crisis for the family, because they are dear friends with a small Jewish family.
The book is very sensitively written, yet it does express the conflicts that arose during World War II. I loved it and thought it was written in such a way that one could use this book as a place to teach children about the history of World War II without overwhelming details of horror.
Annemarie and her best friend Ellen, a Jewish girl, are not very afraid of the soldiers standing on the street corners. They have blended in, and they hardly remember life without them. However, their parents are terrified of them, and one night, Ellen and her family must hide. Ellen's parents disappear, and Ellen must pose as Annemarie's sister.
How long can Annemarie and her family fool the Nazis?
Simply told, Lois Lowry weaves yet another story for younger readers (though adults will enjoy it as well) that will keep them reading through the end.
My only complaint is the cover, which does not match the discription of any of the characters, and that I can only find this book in paperback. I have been looking for a long time (on other sites other than PaperBack Swap) and have not found it in hardcover, which is too bad because this book is worth it.
Don't let the fact that it's in paperback stop you from getting this book. Even though it is not directly a true story, it will give readers a taste of life during WWII.
Wonderful story for adults and kids to read together -- it tells the story of the courage of the Danish people during the Nazi era.
Read it aloud every year to my 4th grade class. Awesome book!!
even though this is a book for younger paople, there are interesting historical points in it. Avery quick read.
One of my favorite books. I have read this book several times. The main character is not Jewish, but her best friend is and it's about how the main character's family protects her friend's Jewish family during the WWII Nazi regime. A great book for a young reader or adult. Highly recommend. Surprised this one hasn't been made into a movie yet.
An amazing book about Jews, the Holocaust, and the friendship that survived it. Loved it!
Newbery winner. Reading level is 5.2.
Story of a 10-year old danish jewish girl in hiding during WWII.
A Newberry-Award winning children's book about the realities of the Holocaust in Denmark, 1943. The story is told from the POV of a 10 year old girl whose best friend's family is Jewish. Though the story is fiction, the author's note at the end states that the story is equal parts nonfiction and fiction. An amazing, quick read about how far people will go to protect another.
Good book for younger readers about the Holocaust. I read it in elementary school... a few years ago.
Very moving story with lots of elements of truth.
My 8th grader read this book and learned alot from it. She really felt for the characters.
Finally read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry which I have long wanted to read. Yes, it is a children's book but a very good one. I was so pleased to learn what happened to the Danes during WWII. What wonderful, brave people they were to save so many of their Jewish people in such skillful ways. Lowry bases the story on real incidents and her characters on those brave souls she read about as she did her research for this book. This is a must read for teens and adults alike.
Good historical fiction book. Both young kids and adults will enjoy.
A must read for any student studying the Holocaust.
As an adult it had me from Page 1.
There were "upstanders" and the Danes were a shining example.
i loved this book! It was a very good book to read. I read it in 4th grade and it taught me alot about jews and hitler.
one of my favorite books. and amazing story of friendship.
I enjoyed this book because I like books about the Holocaust and World War II. I thought it portrayed the plight of a young girl very well, and was an interesting story.
This is a wonderful book about the Jews and the Nazis! It's so much better than the movie!!
The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps. Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews to Sweden. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round-up and helps smuggles Ellen's family out of the country. Number the Stars won the 1990 Newbery Medal
I read this book a while back but it is wonderful. It portray's evidence of what happened during this time period from different perspectives. Love it! :)
The 1990 Newbery Award Medal winner for children's literature. Set in Copenhagen at the time of the Nazi invasion, the Jews are being relocated. The main characters, two young girls, are in life-threatening danger. Can Annemarie save her Jewish friend's life?
A moving, inspiring story that kept me on the edge of my seat. Every school child should read this story about life for the Jews in Denmark under Nazi rule in 1943. It would give them a real appreciation for their life here today!
This is a well written book about the hardships that the Danish had to endure during the nazi occupation.
THis is a truly awesome and inspirational book. Great for any young person to read and learn about what life was like during a very trying time.
Newbery Award Winner 1989. Thought provoking story. Well characterized people recognizable by today's readers. WWII story set in Nazi occupied Copenhagen. Many of the problems are ones faced today.
This book is really touching
This book is one of my favorite books i have read so far.
very intersting that i have to read it 3 times.You would love the
way annemarie sister kristie has alot of spunk.
Good book, has a nice plot to it.
I read this book before giving it to my granddaughter, ten years old. I always try to do that to avoid unknowingly giving a book with inappropriate references. Number the Stars does a great job of describing what it was like to be a 10 year old Jewish child during the Holocaust, in this case, Denmark. The book is meant for children from 4th to 8th grades so does not engage in horrific discussions of the genocide being committed throughout Europe during WWII...just vague references to murderous Nazis and ongoing events of suspicious nature. The book by Lois Lowry has won numerous awards, including the Newbery Award, is now considered a children's classic, and is ranked in the top 100 of best books for children.
My daughter read this book. She says it was an excellent book. She felt it was informational. Full of drama. Very Cool.
This is A Newberry Award winner so naturally it is a great book. A quick read that is perfect for the middle school level.
My daughter liked the book, but at the end of the book the Lord's name was taken in vain. She did enjoy the history of WWII within the book.
has the number 10 on the inside cover. A great book for older kids!
Newbery Award Medal Winner