Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry

Bryan Yao

Definitely a touching and thrilling novel. Lois Lowry's "Number the Stars" describes the story and life of the ten-year-old Annemarie who risked her life to save her Danish Jew friend, Ellen, from the hands of the Nazis. Lowry's novel speaks on how to go against the flow of antisemitism and other forms of racism, making us think about how we can end racism--in words and in deeds.


Lowry, Lois,

Number the stars / Lois Lowry. --

137 pages ; 19 cm

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.

Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal


World War, 1939-1945--Denmark--Juvenile fiction
World War, 1939-1945--Denmark--Fiction
World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue--Fiction

FICTION / Historical / World War II