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  • Mass Market Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440227534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440227533
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,574,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘…a decent, brave and likeable heroine who is caught by accident in harsh political affairs. Number the Stars is a simple, but effective tale.’
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"How brave are you little Annemarie?"

It is 1943 and for ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen life in Copenhagen is a complicated mix of home and school life, food shortages and the constant presence of Nazi soldiers. She knows about bravery from the stories of the dragon-slaying knights that she reads to her younger sister. But Anniemarie's best frien Ellen is a Jew. As the German troops begin their campaign to eradicate all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie is called upon for courage and a very real-life feat of bravery.

“…a decent, brave and likeable heroine who is caught by accident in harsh political affairs. 'Number the Stars' is a simple, but effective tale.”
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2008
Format: Paperback
'Number The Stars' is aimed at readers aged 8 to 12 years, although a children's book, it is still a very enjoyable read.

Annemarie's life in Nazi occupied Copenhagen has been fun but is becoming very complicated. The story is written as Annemarie sees things - it is a simple, yet very effective story of how the Danish Resistance managed to smuggle amongst all the Jewish population across to Sweden.

The plot is absorbing and there is a definate sense of the pride of the Danes even whilst their small country is being terrorised by the Nazis.

The story of the strong and deep friendship between Annemarie and Ellen is the backbone of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Abs on 17 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book, I found it both touching and enlightening. It gave me great insight into the experience of the Danes during Nazi occupation, particularly how brave they were as a nation which led to them saving thousands of jewish lives. A must read for children and adults alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paloma on 6 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
The main themes of this book are: the 2nd World War, courage, danger and love.
The main characters are Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen, who is Jewish. They're both 10 years old.
This story takes place in Copenhagen in 1943 when the 2nd World War is starting and the Jewish are being relocated.

The story is about how Annemarie needs to be courageous to help Ellen and her family to escape and be safe.
Will they survive?
Will they return to a normal life?

My favorite part was when Annemarie ran in the dark forest to bring her Uncle a very important package and risked her life to save some Jewish families and her best friend's family.
I learned that even risking our life for people is much better than letting people die and doing nothing about it.
My opinion is that this book is fantastic, realistic and exciting.
I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Forget on 1 Jan. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I love this book because Annemarie shows lots of bravery and the story is a bit secret because the family of Annemarie's best friend are jewish. The main characters are: Annemarie, Ellen, Kirstie, Peter and Lise.The story takes place in Copenhagen (in Denmark) during the 2nd world war. The nazis are searching for all the jews. One day, Annemarie,her sister Kirstie and Ellen were walking back home, they were charged to pass by the shop to buy some buttons for Kirstie, but the shop was closed. Annemarie saw a nazi sign. They came back home and told their mother what happened. Mrs Johansen said that Mrs Hirch and her family had been taken by the nazis because they were jewish.The life of Ellen and her family was in danger. What I learn from this book is that people who are different should not be persecuted. My favorite part is when they pretend that there has been a death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel Dampoux on 29 Dec. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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I love this book because it's interesting and it's about secrets. At the beginning it is a little hard to understand, but then it gets easier. The people in the book did the right thing. The book is about a family and their two little girls Annemarie and Kirsti and about how they helped their Jewish friends and their daughter Ellen escape during Danemark during WWII. Annemarie was courageous, tall and thin and Ellen was stocky and very nice. They were best friends. Kirsti was funny and not afraid of the German soldiers. The main themes of the book are about courage and helping other poeple. I learned about the Resistance and a lot about how it was during the war. My favourite part was the end, but I cannot tell you...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
I found this book truly moving and have read it again and again as a child and an adult. Lowry deals with the subject of bravery at different levels in a way that is easy to grasp and her characters are easy to identify with giving the book more depth. She deals with a very serious subject without being melodramatic and writes a fantastic explanation at the end of the book explaining how much is fact and how much is fiction.
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By E on 28 Dec. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The main themes of the book are: war, secret agents, courage, and bravery.

The story happens in Denmark during the Second World War. The Nazies take over Denmark and Jews are persecuted.

Annemarie and her family and a guy called Peter try to protect the Rosens, who are Jewish.
Annemarie’s best friend Ellen stays at her house and the rest of the Rosens go to Peter’s so they could go to Henrik’s…

The main charecters are Annemarie, Ellen, Kirsti, Mrs Rosen, Mr Rosen, Henrik, Peter, and Annemarie’s mum. Annemarie is brave and tall and thin, Ellen is small and lanky, Kirsti is always complaining, Peter is red haired, and Henrik loves fishing.

What I liked about this book is that there is lots of action, it's historic, it's interesting, there is suspense and it's about war, and it's a half-true story.

But what I didn't like was when Lois Lowry changed the names of the real people. And I would have liked the setting to be in a more well-known country like France or Italy; and that Annemarie would carry a secret weapon to end the war with, instead of the meat, cheese, etc....

My favourite part is the ending (this final chapter is called Afterwords).
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