Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Review

Number the Stars Book Cover Number the Stars
Lois Lowry
Young Adult/ Historical Fiction
Laurel Leaf
February 9th 1998

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.

My son is getting to the age where he wants me to read him books that are more interesting. I loved Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ but I felt it would be a bit too mature for a kindergartener. That would go for this book as well, as my son is still interested in beautiful spiders that can spell and a flat little boy. I believe we will give it a visit next year maybe. When I was younger, I loved books that talked about the Holocaust or WW2. I wanted to know more about how it was able to occur or how people became so cold-hearted to their neighbors. Number the Stars I sparked that love of these types of stories in me again, and I’m already looking for further similar books.

Lois Lowry writes beautifully – that is no secret. If you have ever read her ‘Giver’ series, I’m sure you understand. I am planning on re-reading them shortly. If you enjoy WW2 books that don’t focus too much on the fighting and more on the real people, you’ll enjoy this book. I loved all the characters, and I adored the note the author included at the end.

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13 thoughts on “Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Review

  1. I remember reading this book in elementary school. I loved it, and I don’t say that about many books assigned in school. I have this book and actually found it the other day. I’m going to re-read it soon. Great review.

  2. Stormj says:

    I had the same interest in holocaust books when I was younger. I have always wanted to know how something so terrible could happen. Night by Elie Wiesel and The Devils Arithmetic by Jane Yolen were two of my favorites.

  3. Heidi says:

    I have heard about this story! I was always afraid to read it – because most stories during that time can be so depressing. I might have to give it a go though. 🙂

  4. I remember reading this as a class in 4th grade. All these years later this book is still with me.

    I don’t think I’ll revisit this one as an adult because I don’t want to ruin my childhood memory of is (as rereading The Giver did).

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