Number the Stars

Number the Stars Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Author: Lois Lowry

Genre: Historical fic

Age: MG

Summary: 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. 

Review:   I had to read this book in sixth grade. Number the Stars and The Cay are the books I like reading in middle school. Even those I'm still mad at my 6th grade English Teacher. (That a rant for another as to the way I hate school).

Number the stars is loosely based on a true story. You can read about it here. Books about World War II are important to write about and the hardest to write. Especially if there written for kids. How much detail is too disturbing. You can't take all of the grittiness out of what happened in World War II.

I don't if the movie ending of The Boy in the Strap Pajamas is the same as the book. The movie has turned me off from the book for good. It's the reason I don't like reading or watching stories that are set in WWII.

Number the Stars has a light tone but, does keep with the reality of WWII. The main theme in the book is friendship and bravery. How far can someone go to help their friend?

This is a great book for kids in around 5th or 6th grade to read?

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