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Number The Stars


A powerful story set in Nazi occupied Denmark in 1943. Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen is called upon for a selfless act of bravery to help save her ... Show synopsis

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  • What a story! Mar 22, 2012
    by David S

    Provider accurately described this offering and shipped it fast!

  • Excellent Historical Fiction Aug 28, 2009
    by VoraciousReader

    Ten-year-olds Annemarie and her friend Ellen are living in Denmark during
    World War II. Ellen and her family are Jewish and are eventually forced to
    flee to Sweden with the help of the Danish Resistance and Annemarie.
    Although she is portrayed as the heroine of the story, Annemarie struggles
    with being brave and learns that sometimes you can be brave even when you're
    afraid. This is an excellent story (winner of a Newberry) with engaging
    characters and many historical details, showing the effects of the Holocaust
    through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl.

  • I loved this book! Aug 9, 2007
    by Christopher

    I first read this book in elementary school. I enjoyed it so much that I got a copy of it. I have no complaints. This book is a classic!

  • Excellent Apr 10, 2007
    by KarenE

    My kids were captivated by this book, kept in suspense, and horrified by Nazi cruelty. Though nothing is graphic, details of some deaths are ... blunt. Hard for my tenderhearted children to take, but it was handled well.

    Highlights, according to my kids:

    *Brash little five-year-old Kirsti

    *Identifying with AnneMarie, who just knew that her life was far too ordinary for her to ever be called on to do something courageous, and being glad of that.

    *Suspense ... just enough to make it thrilling

    *A mostly happy ending for our favorite characters, though not for everyone

    There's a terrific afterword in which the author sifts through what was true and what was fiction. We learned some staggering facts: in 1943, in a matter of weeks, about 7,000 Jews were smuggled out of Denmark, to safety in Sweden. And there's a detail, too crucial to the plot and suspense for me to reveal it, that sounds like fantastic fiction, but was actually true.

    Number the Stars is a "must include" in any WWII unit for children.

  • The kids can't get enough Apr 1, 2007
    by aburd

    Each year our literature group does a WWII unit study. This is the second year we have used this book. My older group, who read the book last year, when they heard that the younger group was reading this book made comments like "you are so lucky," and "I love that book!" The group currently reading it wants to take it home with them each night to read ahead! They are so far ahead from independent reading that they will finish the book way ahead of schedule!

    This is a good introduction to the plight of the European communities during the war. The actions of the Danish people toward their Jewish friends and neighbors is also a very good introduction to the holocost.

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