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World War II was a great catastrophe in the 20th century. Jews were faced with persecution and unprecedented holocaust, struggling to survive. “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry highlights the courage and wisdom of heroes who helped their Jewish friends to escape from Nazis.
In this story, a Danish girl named Annemarie and her family risked their own lives to help and save her Jewish friend, Ellen, from the Nazis. Throughout the book Annemarie showed amazing determination in protecting Ellen to get away from the Nazi-occupied Demark to Sweden, a place of refuge for Jews. Nazis were everywhere in Denmark to spot Jews who attempted to make an escape, so their journey was imbued with danger and uncertainty. The pressure was on.
In this classic book, Lois Lowry puts well-crafted details, nail-biting plots, and profound characters all together, opening an incisive window into the heart-wrenching years of war time. In the dark time of human history, it is love, friendship and strong willpower that keep hope alive and thrive.
“Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry, HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition, 160pp.
Age Range: 10–12 years
Grade Level: 5–7