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Each chapter has been beautifully crafted; each moves the story along. From the first moments when Annemarie encounters Nazi soldiers to the final page when Denmark has been freed, readers stay with her, cheer her on, and hope that she makes the right choices. The life of her best friend rests on the thin shoulders of this child. Ultimately, Number the Stars explores the issue of taking political action, even if to do so might mean death. The book also shows Denmark at one of its finest hours in history—a time when the citizens banded together, forgetting religious differences.

In the new paperback edition, Lowry provides an introduction to her classic. She says that ten “is an age when young people are beginning to develop a strong set of personal ethics. They want to be honorable people. They want to do the right thing.” Used in many schools, read independently, or shared in families, Number the Stars shows young readers a protagonist who achieves that goal. It takes one of the darkest periods of world history and brings light and beauty into the landscape.


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What was the book about?
Number the Stars is about two girls, Annemarie and her friend Ellen. Ellen’s family are Jews and live in Holland. Where they live, the Germans take the Jews to concentration camps. Annemarie, her mother and sister take Ellen’s family to their uncle’s house. Their uncle brings Jews from Holland to Sweden to live. Her uncle brings Ellen’s family across the water to Sweden.