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.
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
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.
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?
Feeling the compassion and love one family had, to risk their own wellbeing and indeed their lives, to protect a Jewish girl in the midst of the horrors of oppression.
Annemarie, because she never had to rationalize whether she should have helped her friend Ellen, a Jew. She just followed her heart and showed love to her friend, even at risk to her own life. My son has started asking about the Holocaust. This is just the book for him as he would relate to the story because it focuses largely on two preteens and their families.
Annemarie, for similar reasons as above.
Stronger Than Fear
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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