Number the Stars is the fictional story of Annemarie Johansen, who is growing up in Denmark during WWII. The story takes place during the third year of the Nazi occupation in Denmark. Times have been tough and uneasy for everyone in Copenhagen for years because of food shortages and the constant presence of the Nazi soldiers in the city.
Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and her family are Jewish, so the Nazi soldiers make the Rosens and the rest of Jewish people living in Copenhagen incredibly uneasy. When Germany institutes the Jewish “relocation” policy, Annemarie and her family must find ways to keep Ellen, her family, and the rest of the Jewish people of Denmark safe.
Annemarie must face her toughest test of bravery in order to keep her friend safe. Annemarie and her family will risk their own safety in order to help the rest of the Jewish people of Denmark escape to Sweden.
Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has two siblings and is the middle child. Lois discovered that she wanted to be a writer at a young age.
Lois Lowry has written several books with various themes, but most of her books emphasize the importance of human connection. Other books written by Lois Lowry: ○ The Giver ○ Gathering Blue ○ Gossamer ○ The Silent Boy Listen to Lois Lowry talk about why she writes:
This book is an inspiring story of a brave little girl who wants to try her best to protect the Jewish people of Denmark. This story allows you to see the maturity level of Annemarie increase as the story progresses because she was forced into situations that required her to be courageous. Our group enjoyed this book, and we would teach it in our classrooms.
Group Members Emily Currier, Katie (Mary) Kinsey, Lindsay Gravitt• Source for Lois Lowry Interview: http://www.adlit.org/authors/Lowry/