[[ Audible ]] Number the StarsAuthor Lois Lowry – Albawater.co

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.

10 thoughts on “Number the Stars

  1. Candace Candace says:

    See of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.comThe 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 horrendous acts that took place Others, like Number the Stars go a far subtle route, choosing to leave much to your imagination, while providing just enough information so that the reader can figure out exactly what is going on With two children in the car, subtle and less graphic was an obvious benefit However, I was amazed by the depth of understanding my 9 year old had of the story that unfolded I was incredibly impressed by the way the author was able to craft a story that appealed to such a broad audience Set in a German occupied Denmark in WWII, Number the Stars tells the story of a teenaged Annemarie Johansen She and her family helped rescue her best friend, Ellen Rosen, and her family The two girls had grown up together Like their daughters, the parents were best friends also, having been neighbors for years.When the German occupation becomes increasingly hostile, the writing is on the wall for the Jews The Johansen s are ordinary people that took extraordinary risks to stand against injustice in the only way they knew how They become active in the resistance movement, helping to smuggle targeted groups of people to safety.I don t want to give too much away, because this is a story that I believe should be read and experienced by everyone I will say that it was deeply sentimental and thought provoking There was plenty of action and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat, but nothing too terrifying or gory for children This is the first WWII book that I ve read about the Danish resistance movement I greatly enjoyed learning about the Danish culture and the role that Denmark played in WWII The stories about the King of Denmark were especially inspiring Mostly, this story was inspirational It is about everyday people that do incredibly courageous things when backed into a corner It is about the strength of the human spirit This is the kind of book that makes you reevaluate your values and what you consider important in life Everyone needs a reminder every once in a while, especially as the holidays approach I loved every minute of this story It is another one that should probably make the mandatory reading list for school aged children, lest we forget the lessons of the past The audio was fabulous as well I highly recommend this book to everyone.

  2. jessica jessica says:

    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 who would be brave enough to help someone she cared about, even when it was seen as wrong and so after a quick re read, i feel comforted knowing that i grew into a strong enough person who is brave enough to do everything in my power to help those who need it, and to also stand up for what i know to be right, even when it might be hard or dangerous or unpopular and i hope 10 year old me would be proud 4 stars

  3. stephanie stephanie says:

    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 funeral, the ripping of ellen s necklace, annemarie with the special packet, the idea of all the jews packed into uncle henrik s boat and annemarie running, running fast like she did at school when she beat all the boys, running with a basket and a red cape only later would i figure out the clever little red riding hood allusion , her blond hair trailing it also helped that i had great grandmothers who remembered the war, a swedish au pair who told me about seeing denmark from sweden, and an insatiable curiosity about things like this so i was looking up things on maps and reading about german shepherds and the scent rags and even when it was card catalogs and old books, i was a cross referencer i have notes somewhere of my favorite quotes from the book i also love the ending because it doesn t condescend the ending, unlike the book, is ambigious in its ending we know the war is over, we know annemarie survived but what does that mean for a little girl, after all

  4. Duane Duane says:

    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 family participated in the hiding and smuggling of the Jewish people, and their involvement in the Danish Resistance Well done Lois Lowry Winning the 1990 Newberry Medal for outstanding children s literature was well deserved.

  5. Dem Dem says:

    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 to Sweden Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true story account to bring this courageous tale to life She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10 year old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round up and helps smuggles Ellen s family out of the country A short book will just enough historical detail to educate a young and not so young reader and interesting and likeable characters, I loved the bravery and courage of Danish people and how they looked out for their neighbours Its a beautiful story full of hope and suspense and I certainly enjoyed every moment I look forward to reading some Non Fiction books about this time in Denmark s history.I listened to this on audible and at under 3 hours its such a great book to escape with back to a different time.

  6. James James says:

    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 quite emotional To think what cruel people condoned because of differences in humankind is atrocious, but this book was wonderful.Lowry provides the right balance of positive and negative emotion ensuring readers aren t swept up entirely in pain The beautiful tale of unconditional love and support versus horrible actions and words from soldiers standing guard in a foreign country really conveys the message to kids around ten years old There were atrocities in the past and we can t hide them, but we can showcase them as tastefully as possible Kudos to Lowry I can t wait to take on of her books later this year next year

  7. Werner Werner says:

    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 large print, it s a quick read, which I blazed though in three days and the language and diction, while not dumbed down in any sense, is simple enough for readers as young as the 10 year old protagonist to understand But the depth of meaning in a story isn t determined by the length of time and verbiage it takes to tell, and the very simplicity of the tale heightens its impact immensely It s the perfect length for the effect Lowry wanted to create Like all great fiction, it s set in a particular time and place here, Nazi occupied Denmark in 1943 , and happens to a viewpoint character with particular demographic characteristics a little girl but it leads all of us, of whatever age, gender, and nationality, to identify with her in the universal human issues and experiences that lie behind the particulars.The Holocaust is a subject that s inherently harrowing Until now, I ve avoided Holocaust fiction and read very little nonfiction devoted to it, except for The Hiding Place The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom , simply because I already know what happened and don t want to drown myself in stark tragedy This book, however, manages to bring a ray of light into that dark time it s fictionalized, but it focuses on the real life rescue of virtually the entire Jewish population of Denmark, smuggled by the Danish Resistance to safety in Sweden This isn t a spoiler, since the jacket copy provides that information It remains a story that looks human evil full in the face incidents large and small drive home to the reader the ugliness of the Nazi s treatment of both Jews and Danish Gentiles And even for readers who ve read the jacket, Lowry conjures a palpable atmosphere of gripping tension and danger, especially in Chapters 8 15 But ultimately this is a story of the triumph of the human spirit and of human decency.Lowry s messages are about toleration of differences between people, about cross cultural and inter religious friendship, and about the obligation of ordinary people to find the stuff to be heroes and heroines when circumstances call for it lived out here in the object lesson, especially, of a small girl who s believably called upon to face enormous danger, in the face of her own fear The plot is excellently craftedLowry 1937 has twice won the coveted Newbery Award, once for this book IMO, that award was well deserved She s writing here of events in her own lifetime but because she s going back to the time when she was an even smaller child than Annemarie here, and lived through World War II in the U.S rather than in Denmark, she didn t grow up knowing the background of this book, and had to research it much as she would have a historical fiction novel The Afterword tells how she came to be inspired with this project, and what aspects of the book are factual and a LOT of it is She did her homework well I d recommend this book to readers, young and old, who like World War II historical fiction, as well as general fiction but really, to every reader And this late in life first introduction to Lowry has definitely whetted my interest in reading of her work

  8. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    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 always thought it was a sort of boring one Most people I ve known are descended from Danes, or some Scandinavian mix Other than the Vikings, there s never seemed to be much of interest there I ve always envied my non Scandinavian friends in my mind exotic backgrounds.I was amazed to read, though, of the courage and kindness of the Danes during WWII The afterword spoke of the weeks in 1943 when the Danes smuggled almost their entire Jewish population out of Denmark nearly 7000 people to save them from the Nazi death camps Astonishing It makes me want to learn about where I came from.

  9. Chris Horsefield Chris Horsefield says:

    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 How can anyone number the stars Annemarie wonders.My favorite part of the book is when Ellen and AnneMarie are looking out over the bay and they say that s Swedan over there The fact that they talk about Swedan shows me that they are hopeful, curious, and anxious.Anyone who is interested in the Holocaust or the lives of Jewish families and their friends should read this book I think this is a book I will always remember I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who is looking for a good read.

  10. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    Please visit my blog www.readrantrockandroll.com for reviews on children s books like this regarding the Holocaust and WWIINumber 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 5