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Number the Stars

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  381,337 ratings  ·  11,748 reviews
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 137 pages
Published February 9th 1998 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1989)
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The second of the books that we listened to on my recent multi-generational, girls road-trip, was 'Number the Stars'. I could not have chosen better. This story was suspenseful, educational and deeply emotional. With an age range of 5 years-old to 88 years-old in the car, this book managed to hold all of attention.

Like most readers, I've read plenty of books set during the WWII era. Some were graphic and shocking in their descriptions of the horre
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was clearing out my closet over the weekend and found a box of old books that i read as a kid!

i originally read this when i was about 10 years old and i can tell you that, at that age, there was no way i understood the depth of horror and severity of the holocaust. and i wouldnt have been exposed to that in this story as its rather on the tame side (if thats possible for such a tragic event in human history). i just remember really wanting to be like annemarie, wanting to be the type of friend
i read this in hardback, when it first came out, and i'd say it was probably the reason i became addicted to WWII/holocaust literature/history at such a young age.

i think it helped that i was so young when i read this, as imagining a ten year old standing up to nazis was something remarkable, but imaginable for me. i loved annemarie, i identified with her in ways i can't really explain. i read this book again and again, and it never changed. there are scenes burned into my memory: the fake fune
4.5 stars for this jewel. One reason I enjoy historical fiction is the educational aspect; learning about something for the first time. This is not your typical WWII/Holocaust book. This one tells the story of how the Danish people, after their small country was invaded by Germany, smuggled nearly the entire population of Jews (7,000) across the sea to Sweden, saving them from deportation and almost certain death.

The story is told through the eyes of 10 year old Annemarie Johansen, and how her f
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written Historical Fiction story which I believe was written for children and yet adults may well find it such a worthwhile and enjoyable read as well

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
As part of a children's book readathon I am hosting on my blog, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry was voted as a winner in the poll. We assigned this stellar Newbery Medal winner to this week and have been sharing all our reviews. Normally I'm not a fan of reading literature that delves into this subject matter, but given it was written for young adults / children, I thought it would be less painful. While it was definitely less harsh than a few other books I've read on the topic, it was still quit ...more
Aug 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I know- I can't believe I'm just now reading this. What kind of a children's librarian am I?

This is a nice little story about a family who smuggles some Jewish friends out of Denmark during the Nazi occupation in 1943. I always avoided reading this because it looked depressing, but it wasn't. It wasn't a light story, but it didn't have the horrible scenes that fill most holocaust books.

However, the author's note at the end affected me deeply. I don't know a lot about my Danish heritage- I've alw
Chris Horsefield
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. The symbol of stars weaves in and out: When the crowd of escaping Jews gathers, they are comforted with the words of Psalm 147: "O praise the Lord ... he who numbers the stars one by one. ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
C. S. Lewis famously wrote something to the effect that a children's book so bland and simplistic that it could appeal only to children probably has nothing of much real worth to offer to a child reader, either. He was right; the best and truest (in the sense of Mary E. Wilkins' Freeman's comment that "All fiction should be true") stories written for children speak just as profoundly to adults. This book is a powerful illustration of that reality. At 137 pages (counting the Afterword) of fairly ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please visit my blog for reviews on children's books like this regarding the Holocaust and WWII

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a book I read years ago. It's historical fiction but highlights the horror of WWII. It's a meaningful story that demonstrates what friends will do for each other when in need.

This is an easy chapter book for middle grade students and older. I have recently re-read it as an adult and was captivated once again.

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I had to read this one to fit a challenge I was taking part in – had to find a book set in Denmark, and my options for that were slim. I’m happy I chose this classic children’s story – it left a positive and lasting impression on many for a good reason. It mainly focuses on Annemarie Johnansen and her parents helping another family during the dreadful Nazi period in 1943. Apparently her uncle is part of an underground support group for Jews in the area as well. Despite it being such a dark perio ...more
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody!
Number the Stars Bantam Doubleday Dell,1989, 152 pp., $5.99
Lois Lowery ISBN 0-06-447073-3

“Annemarie looked up, panting, just as she reached the corner. Her laughter stopped. Her heart seemed to skip a beat. ‘Halte!’ the soldier ordered in a stern voice ” (2, Lowery). And so begins Lois Lowery’s Number the Stars. When I first began to read Number the Stars a few years ago, I found that I could hardly get passed page three without dozing off. Recently, I had a friend tell me I should give the boo
Nusrat Mahmood
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, most-favorite
বিকেলে অভযাসমতো বারানদায় বসে ঢুলে ঢুলে পড়ছিলাম! মা এসে কানের কাছে কিছুকষণ ঝিঁঝিঁ পোকার ডাক ডাকলো! আমি তো বইয়েই তনময়! কানে টান খেয়ে হুশ হলো যখন ততকষণে বা কানের লতিটা টকটকে লাল। মুঠোফোনে যে বইও পড়া যায় তা বুঝাতে লাগলো ৩মিনিট, ৪ মিনিটের মাথায় চোখ নষট করছি বলে আবার মাথায় চাঁটি! মন খারাপ নিয়ে বইটা পড়তে শুরু করেছিলাম, শেষ করবার সময়ও কেমন মেদুর মেদুর ভাব! মাতাজির এসমসত আদর তাতে যেন গরম ভাতে ঘি!

দবিতীয় বিশবযুদধ নিয়ে যে কোন বই আমার কাছে পোলাওয়ের শেষ পাতে ঘরে পাতা মিষটি দইয়ের মতোন! পেলেই লুফে নেই! এই বইটি
Sarah Grace Grzy
So cute! Not quite what I expected, but still super sweet! <3
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ☮Karen by: Britany
Yes the target audience is young adults but I as an old adult found it an amazing and educational story of the Nazi occupation of Denmark.

From the Afterword, a part of a letter written by a young man from the Resistance to his mother, on the eve of his execution:

"You must not dream yourselves back to the times before the war, but the dream for you all, young and old, must be to create an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow-minded and prejudice one."

I'm all for human decency, anytime, anywhe
Allison Tebo
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ww2
A delicately written and touchingly poignant book. Several moments made my eyes well-up (how I loved that dear Papa!). As usual, a child’s viewpoint is one of the most gripping and beautiful ways to tell a story set in WW2 as we are gaze with the bland honesty and persistent spirit of youth at something unthinkable. This combined with the writing style creates a deeply resonating story of heroism and the reality of being normal in a world gone mad. This is a story of ordinary people doing extrao ...more
Oct 18, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Is it just me, or do most books about Jewish girls during World War II suck? I'm serious, it's like this book and "Summer of my German Soldier" were written with the same purpose in mind: educate students about the Holocaust in just about the most boring way possible. Thank God there's the History Channel, or else my generation would've have thought the Holocaust as if it were simply a story about little girls and their twisted lives. I'm probably overexaggerating a bit, but ut's the best way I ...more
Lisa Vegan
This is a safe, easy way for children to be introduced to a little of what happened during the holocaust. When I was growing up, one of my mother’s friends was from Denmark (she traveled back there once a year), and she was very proud of how her homeland had behaved during World War II. I really enjoyed this book and thought of Edna while reading it.
Paige  Bookdragon
I rarely read classic books nowadays. Seeing as my mom's idea of educational learning was to shove classic books down my throat (note: The first novel I finished reading was The Complete Sherlock Holmes and I was fucking eight years old) I have to say that it's understandable if I steer clear of classics for awhile.

The last classic novel I've read is this book. Mom is devious. She wrapped this little shit with a vintage wrapper, stashed it under my bed and asked me to clean my room because it re
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five glorious stars! This book was incredible!!! Lois Lowry did an excellent job of writing a WWII book and make it for a younger audience! But honestly anyone can enjoy it! Just the themes throughout this book and diversity is beautiful! Lois Lowry is probably one of my new favorite authors cause I enjoyed The Giver and I enjoyed this, so I'm bound to enjoy other books by her!
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-pages
I guess I am destined to love all the books with the concept of WW-I and WW-II.

The story gave insights of how people lived in Denmark in back those days. With simple language, the author is succeeded in making beginners about WWs understand what was the scenario back then.

The idea of drugged handkerchief was new to me.
The German were so desperate to catch Jews that they brought hunting dogs into the picture, 'who could find out a person by smelling a dried fish'. So this drug was made of rabbit
Katelyn Buxton
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was something so... sweet and innocent about the tone of this book, even in the midst of the terrible things going on all around Annemarie, the 10-year-old protagonist. I suppose a lot of that comes from her age, and the fact that this was written for children, but as I read it I felt that I would have absolutely loved this when I was younger. (As it is, I still found it highly enjoyable)!

One thing I loved was the fact that the story takes place in Denmark. I honestly knew next to nothing
Story takes place in 1943, Nazi occupied Denmark, we follow story of ten year old Annemarie and her best friend, Ellen, who is jewish.
This is story all about what danish people did to protect their jewish friends and neighbors. Its a short story but still had a great story line. Reading about Holocaust is always incredibly sad no matter if the story has a happy ending or not.
Candace Robinson
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this way back in elementary school but this story has stuck with me, even today!
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like historical fiction and/or terrific characters
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry takes place in Denmark during World War II and the Holocaust. The story begins with an introduction to the cruelty of German soldiers who are occupying Denmark, the story's heroine, Annemarie, her younger (and more bratty), and her best friend Ellen Rosen. From there, this young adult novel tells a tale of bravery.

Soon after the beginning of the story, the Nazi soldiers begin attempting to take Denmark's Jewish citizens away to concentration camps (read: starvation
Carol Brill
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very good YA story about a Danish family secretly working with the resistance to help their Jewish friends escape the Nazis. I realistic and gentle enough for younger adolescents introduction to the Holocaust. Wonderful examples of courage, loyalty, friendship and family.
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Such a powerful story that can be enjoyed at any age. Weather you're reading this to your 5 year old or you're reading it at age 55, you can still learn from and enjoy this wonderful book.
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, newbery
On the back of the library's copy of this book is a review from The Horn Book Magazine that says "the whole book is seamless, compelling, and memorable -- impossible to put down; difficult to forget." Well, I was about to put that bold statement to the test: "difficult to forget," huh? What if you read this twenty years ago and have had two kids and subsequent serious sleep deprivation since then??

Well, I can't remember items on my shopping list while I'm at the store, but I remembered a surpris
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading first few lines of the book made me think that I’m going to love this book. And yes I did!

I always feel sad after reading books related to Nazi invasion. But this book left me with some beautiful feelings! It is a gleaming jewel which tells a story of a brave 10 years old, Annemarie who risks her life to save her best friend Ellen. She not only saves her friend but also saves the lives of others with her bravery and wittiness.

Yeah, I know it’s a fiction and the plot seems very unreal in
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love books about WWII and this has been one of my favorites since I read it in 6th grade!
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always
“Ellen had said that her mother was afraid of the ocean, that it was too cold and too big. The sky was, too, thought Annemarie. The whole world was: too cold, too big. And too cruel. ” 140 likes
“She fell asleep, and it was a sleep as thin as the night clouds, dotted with dreams that came and went like the stars.” 89 likes
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