Number the Stars By Lois Lowry

Monica O'Day


The book Number the stars by Lois lowery. This book is about a little girl named Annemarie Johansen who lives in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark. Annemarie and her best friend Ellen who is Jewish was stopped by soldiers on their way back from school and were frightened by the encounter with a Nazi soldier. After the soldier encounter Mrs. Johansen and Mrs. Rosen were very upset and asked their girls to walk to school and back a different way. Soon Annemarie finds out more about the war and her parents with peters help explain why the Jewish stores are being closed. The day after that Ellen’s family had to leave, but they left Ellen with Annemarie’s family to try and keep her safer or so they thought. At nightfall Nazi soldiers came to Annemarie’s apartment and demanded that Annemarie dad tell them where the Jewish family is. But Annemarie’s family refuses to tell him and convinced the soldier that Ellen was Annemarie’s sister. The next day Annemarie’s uncle Henrik comes back to a safe home had dinner with Annemarie, Kirsti, and Annemarie's mother, who had broken her ankle running from German soldiers because she was out after curfew. But now her ankle has been taken care doctor. After dinner Annemarie went back to her home, to find that Lise, her sister, was killed by the Germans, and not by an accident. Then, she vows that she will see Ellen again.


“Mama was crying, and the rain made it seem as if the whole world was crying.”

-Annemarie says this about her mother i believe that she feels that when her mother is sad it is for a good reason because the whole world is crying also.

“The whole world had changed. Only the fairy tales remained the same. "And they lived happily ever after,”

-I believe this quote is saying that there is so much pain and change in germany all they can really believe in is the Fariy tales who live HAPPY ever after unlike all of the jews in germany.

"Well," Annemarie said slowly, "now I think that all of Denmark must be bodyguard for the Jews"

-annemarie believe that denmark is considered to be a "Bodyguard" for the jewish people. Like a saftey net over to protect all of the jews living there.

Reflection of the Book 'Number the Stars'

The Impression Number the stars left on me was phenomenal considering I rarely read. I believe it is an example of how fulfilling and compelling a piece of children’s literature can be. Lois Lowry has taken subject and a time period that we all very much about and made it appealing too children. The characters are very relatable, even though their situation is worlds away from the readers.

And there is a good reason Number the Stars has won the American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and was also a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, the Newbery Medal, and American Library Association Notable Book. This book encourages children to think and teaches them a world that no one should ever have to live in.