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Number the Stars | [Lois Lowry]

Number the Stars

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 dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.
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Publisher's Summary

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 dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.

Number the Stars is the 1990 Newbery Medal winner for most distinguished American children's book.

Click here to see a full list of Newbery Medal winners and Newbery Honor winners.

©2004 Lois Lowry; (P)2004 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1990

"The combination of Brown's steady voice and Lowry's dramatic story creates a mesmerizing production." (AudioFile)
"Readers are taken to the very heart of Annemarie's experience, and, through her eyes, come to understand the true meaning of bravery." (School Library Journal)

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    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-16-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "People of all ages will enjoy this book."

    Number the Stars is the story of two little girls whose friendship is put to the test by the Nazi invasion of Denmark. Although the protagonists in this story are children, people of all ages will enjoy this book. Historical fiction at its finest, it captures both the facts and the feelings of the era. You will want to weep for the divided families and children forced to grow up too quickly. Your pulse will quicken every time the Nazis knock on the door. You will glimpse their fading humanity. You will rejoice at the small victories the characters achieve.

    I wish this book had been read by author Lois Lowry, since writers usually read their books better than anyone else. Reader Blair Brown is a nice consolation prize, though. Her reading of the book is smooth and graceful.

    ADDED BONUS: At the end of the story there is a discussion about the historical facts behind this fictional account of the Nazi invasion. Not to be missed!

    If you love historical fiction, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. If you love young adult literature, you will love this book. If you just plain love a good story, well told, you will LOVE this book. And at just under three hours, it's a relatively quick listen. I highly recommend it.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy West Palm Beach, FL, United States 06-05-11
    Wendy West Palm Beach, FL, United States 06-05-11
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    "Well written historical fiction."

    A required reading for elementary school and I used the audible for the kids to listen to because I could not read it without crying. Well read and well written. Wendy

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Millie 08-02-13
    Millie 08-02-13
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    "A Slice of Real Family Life During WWII"

    This is a wonderful story of a family helping neighbors and others escape the nazis during WWII. It is presented through the eyes of an adolescent girl and is suspenseful as well as uplifting. I think that 12-year olds through old agers could gain insight from this story.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 07-07-13
    Sandra 07-07-13

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Story of Outstanding Courage"

    I've read this book over and over since it was published, but I've never written a review. This is the story of the Danes during WWII and their efforts to save the Danish Jews from the concentration camps. Very few Danish Jews were slaughtered, most escaped to Sweden to evade the Nazis, all through the efforts of Danish citizens.

    Originally written for the young adult market, it underlines the heroism of Danish youth and the Resistance. Well worth listening to for adults, teens, and pre-teens.

    I can only appreciate the expertise of Ms. Lowry in providing everyday heroes for us all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Pueblo, CO, United States 12-07-11
    Megan Pueblo, CO, United States 12-07-11
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    "Great story about the Nazi invasion."
    What did you love best about Number the Stars?

    Students loved that they could relate to many of the characters, because they were close to the same age. I loved that it taught them about the Holocaust.


    What does Blair Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She gets the feelings across to the listener.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How far would you go to save your friends from certain death?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Ferguson 07-02-15
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    "Fantastic!"

    Listened to this with my children (ages 8 and 7) and it was a great story to acclimate them to this time period without having to worry about too much information at this age. Bad language was nearly non existent. (There is a "damn" and 2 "OMG's"). The story was great and child friendly especially because the author explains things thoroughly so kids don't miss out on "secret language" and meetings and plans. My kids understood all of it and listened to it all in one day. They loved it.

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    Kathleen McAfee 05-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and grabbed my attention right from the start. I plan on reading this with my 5th graders next year.

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    "great book. "

    all of my students loved this story. I recommend it for all 6th graders.

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    Dianna Bradshaw 02-20-15
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    "Fantastic!"

    Possibly my favorite children's book, and I love many! Hope, suspense, and courage through historical fiction at its very best!

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    T. S. Husson Worcester, MA 01-31-15
    T. S. Husson Worcester, MA 01-31-15

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    "GREAT BOOK"

    Number the stars is the most amazing book ever. The book explains how awful people were treated just because they were Jewish.

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