Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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13 Critic Reviews

Apart from Lise's offstage death, there is little violence here; like Annemarie, the reader is protected from the full implications of events...A deftly told story that dramatizes how Danes appointed themselves bodyguards--not only for their king, who was in the habit of riding alone in Copenhagen, but for their Jews.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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 to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.

Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.

 

About Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry is an award-winning author who has written many popular books for young adults. She was twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, for Number the Stars and for The Giver. The author lives in Cambridge, MA.
 
Published April 24, 1989 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 146 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Education & Reference, War, Action & Adventure, Travel. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 17 2011

Apart from Lise's offstage death, there is little violence here; like Annemarie, the reader is protected from the full implications of events...A deftly told story that dramatizes how Danes appointed themselves bodyguards--not only for their king, who was in the habit of riding alone in Copenhagen, but for their Jews.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by dip2000 on Nov 27 2012

The only thing I do not like about this book is that the plot is rather slow, it is like a short story being elongated without changing the plot.

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Reviewed by Laura Frazin Steele on Apr 10 2010

Number the Stars is a remarkable and moving story of courage and loyalty. It is a testament to the bravery of the citizens of Denmark and people throughout Europe who risked their own lives to save the Jews from peril.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Sarah Lindesmith on Jan 20 2010

Lowry's style is very well-crafted; it's simple enough for younger audiences but mature enough for older ones as well...Lowry does an excellent job teaching the younger generations what it was like to live through the fear and distress of World War II without being too graphic for her young audience.

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The Bookbag

Above average
Reviewed by John Lloyd on Sep 01 2011

...this only got halfway for me. But even to start on that path - to show the horrors of civilian life in wartime, to convey real-life ethnic cleansing with the truth to back you up - is better than to never try to walk that line at all.

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BellaOnline

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Reviewed by Mary Ann Graziani on Aug 15 2015

The dialogue conveys a feeling of the period and the characters and setting seem realistic. This is a great Newberry Award book. It is a gripping story that entertains and also teaches children about World War II and the Nazi regime without being too violent.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

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Reviewed by Treasure Ingels-Thompson on Jan 08 2016

In relatively few pages, Lowry delivers a tale that surprises her readers with joy and heartache and reminds them of the universality of both.

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The Nervous Breakdown

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Reviewed by Micah McCrary on Feb 23 2014

The book captivated me then—it still captivates me, in its moments of rushed and slowed momentum, a drama that can’t be replicated by a horror movie. Because Annemarie had been about my age when I first read it, because I had not yet known about such a horror of history, Number the Stars quickly, effortlessly became my first favorite book.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Abel K on Aug 29 2015

The only bad aspect of this book is that it jumped from scene to scene keeping the main character, as well as the readers in the dark, and it has a rushed ending. Other than that it was perfect...All in all, this book shows us how far people will go, and how much risk they will take on, for those they care about...

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Story Snoops

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Reviewed by Jen on Aug 28 2015

This award winner provides great insight into how the Nazi's impacted the everyday lives of Jewish and non-Jewish people, without including some of the more disturbing subject matter associated with the Holocaust...The story's simplicity and ten-year-old main character may be more appealing to tweens than teens.

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Things Mean a Lot

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Reviewed by Ana S. on Feb 05 2008

Number the Stars is so powerful because it doesn’t say that the people from Denmark are better than, say, the people from Poland because of how they behaved in the War. What it does say is that ordinary people can do something to put a stop to this sort of horror...This is a truly great book, and I strongly recommend it to children and adults...

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Reviewed by Cindy Kane on May 03 2014

Lowry doesn't waste a word in NUMBER THE STARS, starting with Annemarie and Ellen's frightening run-in with German soldiers in the opening chapter. In quick strokes, Lowry establishes the setting and characters and foreshadows Annemarie's subsequent encounters with soldiers, each of which increases the tension.

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Reviewed by Reginald D. Garrard on Aug 15 2015

One of the best books for children in recent years about World War II...This is historical fiction at its best as the author describes the heroism of Annemarie, the main character, and her family as doing their part for the "Resistance" forces against the occupying Germans.

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