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April 27, 2009

Not only numbering the stars but much more!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by npappas13 @ 8:33 pm

numb-starsLowry, L. (1989). Number the stars. New York: Dell Publishing.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grades: 4th-8th

Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars is a fantastic, short novel told by the perspective of Annemarie Johansen, a ten year old Danish girl. During the early 1940’s Denmark was undergoing the Nazi invasion and therefore the relocation of Jews. When the family of Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, was being forced to move, Ellen moves in with the Johansen’s and pretends to be part of their family. Through many deaths, run-ins with the Nazis, and a lot of traveling, Annemarie is required to show great strength and bravery to help save her best friend and to keep her safe. Young readers can easily relate to Annemarie because of her dilemma with her best friend. They can understand what Annemarie is experiencing because they love their best friends as much as she loves hers. Lowry’s style of writing keeps the reader hooked. Since she has great descriptions that makes the reader be able to visualize the plot, you’ll never want to put it down! Even though this story is historical fiction it provides great information about the time period of the Nazi’s invasion. It also gives the reader an inside view of what life was like during this trying time. This book is an educational, entertaining story that is great to read in schools or just as a night time story.

About the Author

lowrylois3After marrying young and having 4 children, Lois Lowry went back to school to receive her degree and begun to write professionally. She is the author of many wonderful books including The Giver, A Summer to Die, and Gathering Blue. Even though each one of these books is different she says that she uses the same general theme with each one: the importance of human connections. Pick up one of her books for a deep and refreshing read! Visit her at



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