Number the Stars is the 1990 Newbery Medal winner for most distinguished American children's book.
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©2004 Lois Lowry; (P)2004 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"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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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.
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.
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
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
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.
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.
She gets the feelings across to the listener.
How far would you go to save your friends from certain death?
Gallup Strengths: INPUT ~ LEARNER ~ ACHIEVER ~ RESPONSIBILITY ~ DISCIPLINE
The ability to share with my fifth grade twins a moment of historical facts.
The craft and vivid take on describing some of the lost history of was delivered so perfectly.
I not only felt a part of the story but I hurt, laughed, cried, sang and smiled as Annemarie shared her story.
The analogies were tasteful, eloquent, and simplistic - as an adult I could relate and for the younger readers it was appropriate, descriptive and informative.
Annmarie's walk on the path sing and recalling the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.
A young girls memorable journey
At first I did not want my ten year-old's to read such a story which is why I did. Afterwards, I encouraged them along the way and understand why it is a required reading. The history lesson, valuable insight to how others have lived and what they have been through can not be denied. Literary Excellence!
I really enjoyed this book this all really happens blackout. curtains seuriosly and German soldiers o every conner wow
This was not one of my favorite books, yet it is a generally well - told story all the same. There is not much else that I can say other than pretty good book.
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